The Kurdish legend of Newroz to go on stage in Toronto, Canada

By the Dilan Dance Company:Dance Theatre (2)

Dilan Dance Company is pleased to announce the performance of its latest production, The Legend of Newroz/Dance of Colours. The work is based on the Kurdish legend of the New Year signifying new beginnings that coincide with the vernal equinox. Artistic Director Fethi Karakecili’s vision of sharing mythologies and cultural knowledge with artists and audiences stems from his background as a scholar in the fields of dance studies and ethnomusicology. Newroz offers Toronto audiences the opportunity to learn of Kurdish tradition and gain exposure to a host of dancers and dance forms on one stage in one evening.

The production features professional dancers from numerous dance backgrounds such as  contemporary, ballet, Kurdish, classical Indian, Polish, and Persian. The production features lighting design by Art Babayants and radiant traditional costuming from Karakecili in collaboration with Toronto-based costume designer Victoria Buston. Dilan Dance Company invites Toronto audiences to attend the world premiere of this production at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. This also marks the second feature-length staged production of the company in Canada .

Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Fethi Karakecili, the company’s mandate is to engage with traditional and contemporary Kurdish, Turkish, Canadian, and other cultures through dance and musical research, practice, archiving, and performance. Its vision is to maintain traditions while also building upon contemporary, Western iterations of diasporic cultures. The company continues to enjoy successes performing in a variety of locations across Canada.

The performance takes place on Friday May 16, 2014, 7:30 0pm, at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) in Toronto.

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For further information or to reserve tickets, please contact  Cafe Mania at 605 Yonge Street or  call 647-461-9876.

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