On the Brink

September 15 & 16, 2017 8-9pm
Amos Waites Park, 2445 Lake Shore Blvd West, Etobicoke

“tributaries of migrants, inalienable nomads, global citizens, unfettered limbs, we are heartsick for the true world…” — Dionne Brand ‘Article 13’

On the Brink speaks to the powerful role of Lake Ontario as a place of encounter between cultures and as a border and barrier to movement.

Adrift on the water, swimming against the current, travelers finally set foot on land. Do they forget what they’ve left behind? Searching for belonging, they shake off the old world and step into the new.

Dance, sound and light fuse in a site-based performance at the water’s edge.

Choreographer Aria Evans asks whether a throw-away culture can nurture sustainable human relationships. Composer and percussionist Germaine Liu salvages sounds from the shoreline, beauty discovered in what’s been discarded. Designers Sonja Rainey and Kai Masaoka work with the wind, water and light of the Mimico shoreline.

Join us as we travel to where land, sky and water meet.
Bring a blanket, a flashlight and wear walking shoes.


Artistic Director & Composer —Juliet Palmer
Choreographer & videographer — Aria Evans
Audio installation — Germaine Liu
Costume & environmental design —  Sonja Rainey
Sound & lighting design — Kai Masaoka
Wearable technology, solar design & fabrication — Michael Murray
Text — Dionne Brand ‘Article 13’

Dancers— Tia Kushniruk, Pulga Muchochoma and Kathia Wittenborn
Trumpet— Tara Kannanngara
Trombone— Heather Saumer & Doug Tielli
Percussion— Germaine Liu and Mark Zurawinski
Voices— Jocelyn Barth, Heidi Breier, Mingjia Jessica Chen, Juliet Palmer (leader), Olivia Shortt, Rebecca Singh, Jackson Welchner

Production Manager — Laura Philipps
Production Assistants — Miriam Palmer & Astrid Chandler

Thanks to all our Sustainable Textile Workshop participants for contributions to costumes and set elements.
A big shout-out to Kathryn Walter and FELT Studio for the generous donation of felt, making the beach a softer place to dance.
Thanks to Paul Mathiesen and Evelyn von Michalofski for the aluminum cube recycled from Flotsam & Jetsam.

Lakeshore Arts

Presented by Arts in the Parks with funding from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Video: Aria Evans
Photo: Dahlia Katz

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