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Monday, April 28, 2014

tiger princess dance projects / Yvonne Ng presents SoloDuet - an intimate and stunning program of two premieres -

Toronto, March 13, 2014 - tiger princess dance projects (tpdp) proudly presents SoloDuet,an evening of two heart-stopping new works that explore identity and its fluidity. Both premieres are choreographed by tpdp Artistic Director Yvonne Ng in collaboration with the artists: celebrated dancer Mairéad Filgate who partners with former acclaimed Toronto Dance Theatre member Luke Garwood for the duet and another beautiful former TDT dancer, Linnea Wong, who dances the solo. This striking program runs Tuesday, May 6 to Saturday May 10 at The Theatre Centre.
"She may be only 4-foot-10, but in the local dance world Dora Award winner Yvonne Ng (Artistic Director of tiger princess dance projects) is a giant. One of the city's most expressive and intense dancers.Š"  - NOW Magazine

Ng is also an exciting, instinctive choreographer whose work inevitably braids her South East Asian heritage and her adopted Canadian culture. SoloDuet delves into the territory of roles and relationships and explores how dualities both shape us and shape how we are perceived.

Linnea Wong performs Metamorphosis of a Solitary female Phoenix. In 2008, Ng createdMetamorphosis of the Solitary Female Phoenix for Wong as a five-minute commission for Toronto Dance Theatre's project, 12 Solos. Choreographically, the original piece ended on a cliff-hanger. Audiences kept asking - what happens next? Ng was curious as well and began a process with Wong to dig deeper into the pulsing core of this solitary woman; to see what 'phoenix' would emerge from the metamorphosis. The result is five births of the phoenix. Ng says, "I am drawing on Greek mythology for my particular interpretation. Each stage (I through V in the solo) sees the phoenix as a 'reincarnated' woman with a different persona, suggesting a narrative of resilience."

Magnetic Fields, created for and with Mairéad Filgate and Luke Garwood, explores the complex patterns of relationship - the unpredictable, shifting energetic field that materializes when bodies, eyes and stories meet. Relationship is a landscape in flux;  attraction and repulsion, triggers and tremors, form new stories, new feelings. In a duet with the ever-elusive other, wounds are rediscovered and sometimes healed. Within these variables is the dance. 


Born and raised in Singapore, of Peranakan Chinese descent, Yvonne Ng
 (B.F.A. Honours,York University) is a Toronto based dancer, choreographer, presenter, producer, curator, arts educator and artistic director. An Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts award winner, Ng is the artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), the umbrella organization for tpdp and the dance: made in canada/fait au canada festival which she produces and curates. Under her direction, the festival has earned two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. tiger princess dance projects' repertoire includes works choreographed by Ng and commissioned works. She has taught in the dance departments of Ryerson and York University, the theatre department at Juniata College (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) as well as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and La Salle College of the Arts (both in Singapore). Ng has toured tpdp to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China and across Canada. She is also artistic director of Series 8:08 (since 1994).

Mairéad Filgate - Performer/ Magnetic Fields
Mairéad Filgate is a Toronto-based dance artist and graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has performed the work of Danny Grossman as a member of the company (2003- 2008), Trisha Brown, Bill Coleman, and Kaeja d'Dance, among others. She collaborates regularly with BoucharDanse, tiger princess dance projects and Dusk Dances. Mairéad creates collaboratively with the Throwdown Collective with whom she won an Audience Choice Award at dance:made in canada/fait au canadafestival in August 2013. She makes regular sojourns to New York City to study the work of Trisha Brown.

Luke Garwood - Performer / Magnetic Fields      
Luke Garwood
 trained at l'Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, Canada's National Ballet School and The Hamburg Ballet School. He has performed with Banff Festival Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, ProArteDanza, Typecast Dance Company, Signal Theatre and Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie. Independently, Garwood has collaborated with choreographers such as Valerie Calam, D.A. Hoskins, Allison Cummings, Tina Fushell, Susie Burpee, Ame Henderson, Heidi Strauss and Christoph Winkler.

Linnea Wong - Performer / Metamorphosis of a Solitary female Phoenix        Linnea Wong trained professionally at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she had the opportunity to perform the works of renowned choreographers Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin, Peter Chin, Paul-André Fortier and José Limón, among others. Upon graduation, she was offered the TD Dance internship with Toronto Dance Theatre. She was a senior dancer with the company from 2006-2011, touring extensively throughout North America and Europe. She was fortunate to collaborate in new works by Christopher House (including the creation of Dora Award-winning Timecode Break), Sasha Ivanochko and French choreographer, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh.

tiger princess dance projects is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Metcalf Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation and generous individual donors.
tiger princess dance projects presents SoloDuet
- an intimate and stunning program of two world premieres -
Choreographed by Yvonne Ng
Dancers: Mairéad Filgate and Luke Garwood (Magnetic Fields),
Linnea Wong (Metamorphosis of a Solitary female Phoenix).
Composer (Magnetic Fields) and Sound Designer (Metamorphosis Š): Nick Storring.
Costume Designers: Heather MacCrimmon (Magnetic Fields) and Cheryl Lalonde(MetamorphosisŠ).
Lighting Designer: Simon Rossiter.
Creative & Choreographic Facilitator: Marie-Josée Chartier.
Rehearsal Director: Johanna Bergfelt.
Outside Eye (Text): Erin Robinsong.

Tuesday, May 6 to Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto
Performances: Tues-Fri at 8pm, Sat matinee at 4pm

General Admission Wed-Sun: $28 ($20 Students/Seniors/Arts Workers)
Box Office: 416-538-0988 OR online at

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