TORONTO -- Toronto is a-dancing this month, with a number of companies strutting their stuff. Several are known for their theatrical approach to dance and often cross over the line from one side to the other.
From now until Feb. 14, the always inventive Danny Grossman is unleashing a new work called Forever My Darling in a mixed programme at the Movado Dance Season at Harbourfront. Set to the rhythm and blues music of Johnny Ace, Darling explores the nature of gay relationships.
Also part of the Movado Harbourfront offerings, from Feb. 17 to 21, is the popular Ballet British Columbia. On show is artistic director John Alleyne's newest piece, Sex Is My Religion, commissioned last year for the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa. Based on the play of the same name by Colin Thomas, it's a romantic and fluid dance work that deals with themes of loss and abandonment, minus the trademark edginess that characterizes Alleyne's earlier work.
And for the first time ever, the extra-ordinary Momix is coming to the Princes Of Wales Theatre from Feb. 10 to 15. This imaginative dance troupe performs a mix of gymnastics, theatre and art in motion. Artistic director Moses Pendleton uses athletes as well as dancers, unsual props, sensational lighting effects and a number of magical, theatrical devices. The mixed programme includes the Canadian premiere of Sputnik, a creation that was acclaimed in its American debut last year.
Danny Grossman Dance Company, Harbourfront, to Feb. 14. Call 416-973-4600 for tickets. Ballet British Columbia, Harbourfront, Feb. 17 to 21. Call 16-973-4600 for tickets.
Momix, Princess of Wales Theatre, Feb. 10 to 15. Call 1-800-461-3333.
-- By Mira Friedlander