About Michelle Silagy
Michelle Silagy is Contemporary Dance Artist and Educator. She is the Young Dancers’ Program Director at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she facilitates a multi-ability dance class, Creative Movement Made for Me. Silagy’s contemporary dance choreography, has been referred to as “exquisite…filled with beautiful images that speak of rest, tranquility and hope” (Globe and Mail). It’s been presented at venues to include the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Textile Museum of Canada (within exhibitions –notably Kai Chan’s), The Gardiner Museum, the EnWave Theatre, Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, and in Inuvik above the Arctic Circle with singer song-writer Susan Aglukark. Silagy is a certified DanceAbility Teacher (2012)— and — one of ten first generation International Master DanceAbility Teachers (2015). She received her training from DanceAbility International Founder Alito Alessi in Austria, Mexico and Uruguay. Silagy performed an integrated dance piece in Vienna with DanceAbility at ImPulsTanz, Festival 2012. Silagy is currently working with Theatre Direct on projects for Young Audiences.
About SNAFU & The Snack Music Collective
The Snack Music Collective was formed by Ginette Mohr, Elliott Loran, Ingrid Hansen and Andrew G. Young in 2015 with an inaugural performance of Snack Music at the Next Stage Festival. The team looks forward to taking their shows on tour this summer to the Edge of the Woods Festival in Muskoka and the Puppets UP! Festival in Almonte, Ontario.
SNAFU is an award-winning company most recently known for producing Little Orange Man and Kitt & Jane: A Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future. The company’s work creates dynamic spaces for people of all ages to experience art together under new terms. SNAFU’s creative collaborations connect multi-disciplinary artists in theatre, storytelling, puppetry, dance, live music, and visual art. Spectators are invited to have an active role in the action as it unfolds. SNAFU Dance and The Snack Music Collective are currently working with Theatre Direct on projects for Young Audiences.
About Femmes du Feu
Femmes du Feu’s mandate is to develop, explore and promote contemporary circus in Ontario and to new audiences. Femmes du Feu creates work that blurs the edge between circus and contemporary dance. Founded by Holly Treddenick and Lindsay Goodtimes in 2003, Holly Treddenick is now Artistic Director of the company.
Femmes du Feu have been actively creating and presenting aerial circus works, researching innovative ways to combine contemporary dance and choreographic approaches with aerial circus skills. This has included exploring apparatuses such as a bungee in Impossibility (2007), silks in Dive (2009) and trapeze in Tiffany (2010). More recently, Femmes du Feu has invented apparatuses specific to their artistic needs such as the anchor, rope or pole as in The Plank (2010), Bind (2016). Femmes du Feu have presented their work at various events including At The Wrecking Ball, The Toronto International Circus Festival, and Hysteria Festival, The Canadian Fringe Festivals, Queer Pride Toronto, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance: Made In Canada, and Rhubarb Festival.
In 1999 Femmes du Feu created and produced their first full-length contemporary circus show, Head First, for the London, Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals, winning Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe in Toronto. In 2010, Femmes du Feu created and produced their second full-length production, The Plank to sold out houses at the London, Toronto, and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. The Plank was extremly well received by both audiences and critics, with 5 star reviews, and again winning The Fringe Festival’s Patron’s Pick in Toronto. Most recently Femmes du Feu produced their newest show, BIND for the Rhubarb Festival (2016), also to all sold out shows.
Femmes du Feu also have several outreach activities. Since 2011 Femmes du Feu have been producing Aer Time, a contemporary circus performance series; as well as Aerial Jams, a structured gathering of professional aerial artists to train and skill share. We often work as outside eye to other artists, work in a mentoring role to other aerialists for rigging concepts, and teach beginner to advanced classes. Femmes du Feu have been working with Harbourfront Centre since 2014 on Circus Sessions. Circus Sessions is a week long circus laboratory for professional international artists with a 2 night public showing. Femmes du Feu also worked as co-currator for HarbourKids International Circus festival. Femmes du Feu is working with Theatre Direct on projects for Young Audiences.