The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home

Black text graphic of the performance title, “The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home” on a background of two-dimensional coloured shapes. Image courtesy of Arts Assembly

Image courtesy of Arts Assembly

CITY OF TORONTO presents
The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home
curated by Arts Assembly

Toronto Sculpture Garden Offsite Programming
As part of ArtworxTO
Free performances on Saturday, September 11, 18 and 25 at 1 p.m. at Lisgar Park (60 Lisgar Street). Please check www.instagram.com/artsassembly for rain dates.

Arts Assembly invites four Toronto-based dance artists, b solomon, Amelia Ehrhardt, jes sachse and Danah Rosales, to consider ideas of home as they relate to interconnected ideas of the body, transiency and the other.

This series of call and response outdoor performances at Lisgar Park explores the theme of home, which deeply resonates with the social and economic conditions attributed to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Through movement, the project seeks to illuminate an intertwined consciousness of what it means to occupy space, form, and time, and to inspire a broad, inclusive, and generous understanding of ‘home’.

An online talk with the artists in conversation with dancer and curator Benjamin Kamino will occur on Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m. Please see artsassembly.ca/longest-way-round for full performance schedule and information about the talk.


Arts Assembly is a not for profit, community-centric arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. Arts Assembly is committed to working with social practice and research-based interdisciplinary artists, who are similarly working to expand the notion of what art can be and do. Arts Assembly is a registered not-for-profit organization in British Columbia with primary operations in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Arts Assembly is also a member of Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC).

Performers

jes sachse is a Toronto-based artist, writer and performer whose work addresses the negotiations of bodies moving in public/private space and the work of their care. Their work & writing has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Peak, CV2 – The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing, Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada, and the 40th Anniversary Edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. jes received the Toronto Art Foundation Emerging Artists award in 2020.

Amelia Ehrhardt is an artist who works in multiple expressions of dance. Amelia has been supported in residence and presentation across Canada and internationally; formative experiences have been at Studio 303 (MTL), Mile Zero Dance (EDM), Young Lungs Dance Exchange (WPG), danceWEB (AUT), and HATCH/Harbourfront Centre (TOR). Recently their solo “plain nature public mourning” was performed by Matilda Cobanli at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AUT). They also continue to perform their own choreography and have a regular outdoor improvisation practice that gets shared digitally. They’ve performed in works by Susie Burpee, Julia Sasso, Zeesy Powers, Suzy Lake and more. Amelia was the Curator of Dancemakers Centre for Creation, a pillar of the Canadian Dance Ecology from 2015-2019.

b solomon is of Anishnaabe and Irish descent, born in the remote village, Shebahonaning / Killarney, located in northern Ontario, Canada. Three times Dora Mavor Moore Award and Gemini Award nominated, he has presented his choreography in Berlin, Ingolstadt, Bamberg, Amsterdam, London and across Canada.

Danah Rosales is a professional artist born and raised in Toronto. At a young age, while serving in her church’s dance ministry, Danah discovered that her physical, emotional and spiritual expression was naturally found through movement. She began her performance training at Etobicoke School of the Arts and graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). After working with the TDT Company for the three seasons, she now continues her explorations and endeavors of multiple physical and artistic disciplines including vogue, aerial circus, commercial work and more. She has worked alongside artists such as Christopher House, Peter Chin, Kent Monkman, Andrea Spaziani, Francesca Chudnoff, Annie MacDonnell, Tanya Lukin Linklater, 45 Degrees, Blank Canvas Collective, and others.

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