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It’s here!!! UNBXBL is happening this week! The final piece presented is… With choreography by yours truly (Apolonia & Ofilio), epic music by Dr Draw, and dancers from all 3 generations of the almost 10 years of Gadfly existence: Young Romance.

Initially just an episode from award winning production Klorofyl (A Tale of a tribe of warriors empowered or weakened by a dependance on 5 primal human needs), this extract was so palpable and unique in itself that it stood to become a complete work.

Read below to know what this short story is about.

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Legendary Zen Buddhist monk Nhat Hanh puts it best: “If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink.” A Young Romance held by the thread of Certainty ends. Whether a woman plays defence or takes matter on her own hands speaks volume; a lens on vulnerability, strength, and real elegance.

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[team size=”one-third” last=”false” name=”APOLONIA VELASQUEZ” title=”Aybrid Movement” icon=”” facebook=”” twitter=”” gmail=”” skype=”” youtube=”” linkedin=”” ]Apolonia Velasquez is a Toronto-based choreographer, artistic director, dancer, and actor. She has created and directed choreographic works for her dance company GADFLY and has been commissioned by other dance companies and organizations. She was a Dora Mavor Moore award recipient in 2011 for ‘Klorofyl’. Dancer credits: Katy Perry, Shawn Desman, Kiesza. Commercials: SYTYCD Canada, Bell, Dove.

“Model What Works not what everyone else is doing”[/team]

[team size=”one-third” last=”false” name=”SINBADINHO” title=”Aybrid Movement” icon=”” facebook=”” twitter=”” gmail=”” skype=”” youtube=”” linkedin=”” ]Part-time Artistic director of award winning dance company Gadfly. Founder of TUDS Festival of Urban Dance Culture. 3 time KM Hunter award finalist. Commissions: National Ballet School of Canada, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Ryerson University, Alias, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, MoonHorse. Performance: Ariana Grande, Kiesza, Feist, Nelly Furtado. Films: Camp Rock II, Turn The Beat Around, You Got Served , Resident Evil Retribution.

“See what others don’t, Imagine what many can’t”[/team]

[team size=”one-third” last=”true” name=”LA TOYA ROBINSON” title=”Hip Hop & Tap” icon=”” facebook=”” twitter=”” gmail=”” skype=”” youtube=”” linkedin=”” ] Training: ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics and hip hop. Movies, videos, and stage performances:”Bojangles”, Drake, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Akon, Flo Rida, Kardinal Offishall and Ludacris. Choreography for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders, R&B superstar Mya, and Massari.

“Training and performing with Gadfly is a breath of fresh air…bruised knees, whiplash and sore muscles but the end result is so worth it!”[/team]

[team size=”one-third” last=”false” name=”TORI MEHAFFEY” title=”Contemporary, Ballet & Physical Theatre” icon=”” facebook=”” twitter=”” gmail=”” skype=”” youtube=”” linkedin=”” ]Training: BFA Ryerson Theatre School. Performance credits: Vlad Novitski, Linda Garneau, Hanna Kiel, Vicky St. Denys, Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Sinbadinho. Also worked with TOES, Michael Caldwell, Johannes Wieland, Bryan Arias, ProArteDanza / Guillaume Cote, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
“Working with Gadfly always proves to be a physical, mental and emotional challenge – benefiting your own artistic voice.” [/team]

[team size=”one-third” last=”false” name=”Lauren Lyn” title=”Hip Hop & Ballroom” icon=”” facebook=”” twitter=”” gmail=”” skype=”” youtube=”” linkedin=”” ]Born and raised in Jamaica, Lauren was strongly influenced by music and dance. She studied various forms of dance at George Brown College and Joy of Dance. In 2011 Lauren was a top 20 contestant on SYTYCD Canada Season 4. Since then she has danced for artists Victoria Duffield, Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepson, Flo Rida and more.
“Gadfly embodies true artistry. Always bettering themselves, their dancers and their work.”[/team]

[team size=”one-third” last=”true” name=”CELINE R-ROBICHON” title=”Hip Hop & Freestyle” icon=”” facebook=”” twitter=”” gmail=”” skype=”” youtube=”” linkedin=”” ]Classically trained, along with background in jazz, tap, and with a solid reputation as Urban dance cyphers and stages. Credits: Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Lukay, Mari Mai, PZK and SAYA (Montreal). Alex ‘Spicey’ Lande (UnKut Productions), Leon Blackwood, Andrew ‘Pyro’ Chung and TV & Film: Urban Planet, Full Out.
“Gadfly city is real place. One will face the obstacles of its story yet recognize the ideal fighter – a lesson we all feel for.”[/team]



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This show is happening June 12th at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto.