Deep End Weekend - Susie Burpee

What do Susie Burpee, Johnny Depp & Will Farrell have in common?  Their physical comedy makes me laugh so hard I cry!  What do I have in common with Susie Burpee?  Our last names start with B, we love to make people laugh, and we’ve both lived in trailers.  She is a truly stellar personality who will no doubt keep us on the edge of our seats with riveting tales of her life in dance.  Originally from Manitoba, a former company dancer for Dancemakers and Le Groupe Dance Lab, an award-winning artist, a creator for dance and theatre, a trained clown, and the woman who unknowingly taught me how to roll on the floor - Susie Burpee is yet another of the incredible artists who is a part of this year’s Day in the Life line-up at The Deep End Weekend.  Email Kiru[at]novadance[dot]ca if you'd like to get on the wait list!


Deep End Weekend 2017 - Wait list now open!

Wow!  We are fully registered, and we have a growing wait list.......I guess a lot of people already know how awesome our speaker line-up for Day in the Life is!  Ross Manson, Artistic Director of Volcano Theatre is someone I have known for at least 20 years.  It started as a peripheral relationship - artists about town who connected from time to time - and then I got some pretty cool gigs because of Ross, taught for Volcano's Conservatory, and in 2013, after attending the same conference in Uganda, WE WENT ON SAFARI!!!  Ross is an actor and a director, and through his artistic directorship of Volcano he takes his own curiosity about the world and shares it with his collaborators to create works that stimulate the intellect, the conscience, and the spirit.  He has incredible stories, insights, and experiences - and I was FLOORED that he actually had the day available to join us! Here's a picture of us pre-Safari - Ross is second from the left:

ross in africa


Timea Wharton-Suri

It’s getting closer!  The Deep End Weekend!!  Day in the Life 2017, artist intro number two:  Timea Wharton-Suri, has just done something of which I HIGHLY approve - she’s QUIT HER JOB to dive back into artistic practice, and invent a new role for herself in the world of dance.  I met her when I was the Chair of the Toronto Arts Council's Dance Committee, and she was taking on the job of Dance Officer.  I’ve gotten to know her quite well, she is a passionate, intelligent, forward thinking artist who has- and will continue to do- great things for the arts.  The story of her journey thus far is quite incredible - spoiler alert, there was a deathly poisonous spider incident!  I’m so thrilled that she’s kicking off her new adventures by joining us to share the ways she has navigated life as an artist thus far, and really looking forward to finding out more about what lies ahead for this super smart arts superhero.


Deep End Weekend - Gein Wong

Day one of The Deep End Weekend is a speaker series - A Day in the Life.   Five fantastic artists share their path through life as an artist, their challenges, their inspirations, their hacks for doing it all, for aspiring for a better world, for getting out of bed and finding the resources to make art.  It is a great joy to bring together artists who I’ve known for EVER, artists I have just met, and artists I’ve known about for years but haven’t had a chance to get to know……. Day in the Life 2017 kicks off with the incredible Gein Wong.  Gein is of First Nations and Asian descent, and is Two-Spirited and Queer.  Her artistic practice is truly interdisciplinary, and cannot be contained by labels.  She is an incredibly good listener, and asker of hard-hitting, core-shaking questions.  This quality is always apparent when I take in work on which she has collaborated.  I can feel the energy with which she has imbued her contribution; this artist – their story – as expressed through their physical language, and their words.  I’ve only know Gein for three years (in this life), I’m eager to hear more of her story, and to have the chance to turn the tables and ask her some questions that grab her heart and mind.  She also has the most disarming giggle - that I’m determined to unleash!

Gein Wong

The Deep End Weekend is BAAAAACK!!!

In 2014 I had this wild idea in the middle of the night; bring together a bunch of dancers trained in Indian classical dance styles (and other styles, and actors, and writers, and musicians); invite some inspiring artists to share their personal experiences; give everyone the chance to get into a studio and make art; share the art with the public!  Not only did the wild idea come to fantastic fruition in 2016, we are doing it AGAIN.  This year I'm thrilled to have dance, and theatre artists Susie Burpee, Anjali Patil, Ross Manson, Timea Wharton-Suri, and Gein Wong as speakers for Day in the Life on June 24th.  June 25th will bring back the one and only Gerry Trentham for the unforgettable experience of Season in a Day - participants get split into groups, assigned a super-fun team leader (Tanisha Taitt, Gein Wong, and others to be announced), given some creative prompts, and given the day to MAKE A WORK OF ART to be shared with an audience in the evening.  We do hope you'll join us.  If you are an artist please register to participate on Eventbrite, if you just want to see what happens when some of the city's incredible talents get thrown together - come by Tarragon Theatre at 7pm on the 25th.  Imagine my wild, fiendish, gleeful laugh here - I CAN'T WAIT!!! More info and registration here!