Developed at the intersection of professional and community-based dance creation, Everyday Marvels is based on a volume of poetry authored by Governor General Award winning poet Lorna Crozier called The Book of Marvels: A compendium of everyday things. The quotidian objects interpreted in Crozier’s poems, such as ‘radiator’, ‘spoons’, ‘flashlight’ and ‘sky’, are brought to life by a group of eight Toronto-based contemporary choreographers including Robert Abubo, Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Valerie Calam, Peter Chin, Marie-Josée Chartier, Shannon Litzenberger and Dan Wild.
The show features a series of short vignettes, performed by a talented cast of professional and community-based dancers, including an enthusiastic team of bankers from the Royal Bank of Canada’s premiere dance group – The Mobile Assets.
Named one of the top things to see at Toronto’s 2013 Nuit Blanche event by Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail, Everyday Marvels attracted nearly 10,000 spectators to the Gardiner Museum from dusk til dawn. Nuit Blanchers stood in line for over an hour to take in the performances, and the house was still at capacity at 6:30am when the final poem was read. With an impressive cast of professional artists and community-based performers, Everyday Marvels was featured as a one-act mainstage event at the 2014 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.
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Check out this blog series on RBC’s involvement in Everyday Marvels at Culture365.
making everyday marvels – a documentary by Linnea Swan
Everyday Marvels inspired the creation of a short documentary about the process of bringing together professional choreographers, experienced and emerging performers, and an enthusiastic group of RBC employees.
Watch the trailer:
Based on Lorna Crozier’s The Book of Marvels – A compendium of everyday things
Concept and Direction – Shannon Litzenberger
Associate Direction – Susie Burpee, Marie-Josée Chartier
Lighting Design – Simon Rossiter
Production and Stage Management – Marianna Rosato
Assistant Stage Manager – Julie Choi
Choreography – Rob Abubo, Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Val Calam, Peter Chin, Shannon Litzenberger and Dan Wild
Performance – Andrew Hartley, Brittany Duggan, Chy Ratana, Corrado Cerruto, Daniel McArthur, Denise Solleza, Jesse Dell, Jordana Deveau, Justine Comfort, Kathia Wittenborn, Kassi Scott, Linnea Swan, Marie Lambin, Niko Markakis, Samantha Grist, Sarah Fregeau, Stephanie Tremblay-Abubo, Tina Fushell and The RBC Bank Notes.
Production Assistance – Erin Ellis, Laura Paduch, Bertha Lee, Evan Sandham, Julie McCann, and Cassandra Wiesner