2017 has been a year of creation, learning and growing. We came, we saw, and we Gadflied. From Burlington to New York, Whitehorse to Montreal, we got to collaborate on amazing projects that pushed us above and beyond, we hired over 120 dancers for 45+ Gadfly performances and we created 11 new works (including 7 Commissions!). Here are some of our absolute favorites from 2017 – we might have to include a few honorable mentions because this years list is a doozy!!! 

TOP 10 DANCE HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 A LA GADFLY

Artists Affair Gala

This short commission for the Artists Affair Gala was a TREAT! We created a pas de deux to Jazz Music, Honored Canadian Music Legend Oscar Peterson, contributed to the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation AND got to perform at the iconic The Carlu.

Work: SUMDOS

Choreography: Apolonia Velasquez

#10 in our #gadflytop10 2017🍾: This short commission for the Artists Affair Gala was a TREAT! Got to create a pas de deux on Jazz Music, got to Honor Canadian Music Legend @oscarpetersonlegacy and contribute to the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (longest name ever). And got to perform at the iconic @thecarlu. Work: #SUMDOSDancers: @carolinetorti @sinbadinho Choreography: @apoloniaofilio ++#dancetheater #theatreworks #danceart #TableauVivant #jenesaisquoi #torontoartists #artistes #makingmoves #PasDeDeux #Duet #AlaGadfly #AybridMovement

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Numero 9 in our #gadflytop10 2017🍾: Nothing but good times & intense rehearsals (even at midnight) creating for the heavy hitters at TMI. Work: #HYEHAHTOQODancers: @themaleinitiative Choreography: @apoloniaofilio ++#dancetheater #theatreworks #danceart #TableauVivant #jenesaisquoi #torontoartists #artistes #makingmoves #HouseDance #HipHopDance #UrbanDance #AlaGadfly #AybridMovement #lightdesign #SignedSinbadinho++#nodiggity #Gadflygroove #GadflyRock

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HYENAHTOQO

Nothing but good times & intense rehearsals (even until midnight) creating for the heavy hitters at TMI.

Work: HYEHAHTOQO

Dancers: The Male Initiative
Choreography: Apolonia Velasquez + Ofilio Sinbadinho

Really Big World

We got to Choreograph a tropical thing for a massive production at Really Big World! It was the most fun we’ve had in a hot minute. Nothing gives more life than Salsa music played LIVE by a 14 member band and a cast of Xena Warriors?! This dynamite show was produced by Anu Entertainment

Dancers: Lauren, Karly, Chris, Alyssa, Kaleela, Peter

Choreography: Apolonia Velasquez + Ofilio Sinbadinho

Numero 8 in our #gadflytop10 2017🍾: To Choreograph a tropical thing for the massive production of @reallybigworld was the most fun we had in a hot minute💃. Nothing gives more life than Salsa music played live by 14 member band and a cast of Xena Warriors 🔥🔥🔥👠. Dynamite show Produced by: @anu_entertainment Dancers: @mzlaurenlyn @karlybon @chris.tsiantoulas @alyssa.prov @kaleela.maria @petedzoo Choreography: @apoloniaofilio ++#danceproduction #LiveBand #theatreworks #torontoartists #artistes #makingmoves #HouseDance #flavor #UrbanDance #AlaGadfly #AybridMovement #tropicalvibes

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KUDETA

A breathtaking new Apolonia piece (going straight into our Gadfly repertoire) commissioned by The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is a top modern contemporary training program. The historic organization has been developing artists since 1968! Yep, that’s 50 YEARS!

Choreographer’s notes on the work: 
The mind needs tension, less convention. A self-signed coup d’état.The piece is a state of mind. Servicing & harnessing the me versus moi.

Work: KUDETA

Dancers: Stdt students
Choreography: Apolonia Velasquez
Music: Apolonia Velasquez + Ofilio Sinbadinho

RAWRABIDE

With no lights, no wings, just the work and nature we toured a piece by Ofilio “Rawrabide” across Canada with Dusk Dances. This crazy raw festival has been around since 1993! It features choreographers from diverse backgrounds and brings them all together to perform in an open outdoor setting making it completely accessible to the community! Rawrabide is inspired by this quote from a 1970s lower class black homosexual, now considered Harlem renaissance, writer, and civil rights activist: “I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.” Life is a game. Lots of rules, flocks of players, and sloppy referees… The dancers move in staccato and speak with the bravado of urban realness, social activism, and remix culture.

Work: Rawrabide

Music: Sinbadinho
Dancers: Dusk Dances company dancers Zhenya, Kathleen, Sebastian, Meredith, Molly
Choreography: Ofilio Sinbadinho

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UNHUSH

This brand new hard-hitting Apolonia piece was commissioned by Candian Contemporary Dance Theatre for their annual winter show “Wintersong

Canadian contemporary dance theatre launched in 1980 and since then has hosted leading international choreographers, has one of Canada’s most diverse repertoire, and has staged over fifteen hundred performances all with dancers that are 19 and UNDER!

Work:UNHUSH

Music composed and performed LIVE by Dr.Draw and Acote

Choreography: Apolonia Velasquez

KUU KUU HARAJUKU

After Theatre, TV, & Motion Capture for games, we have now made our choreographic debut in an Animated Series. We got the opportunity to create movement and choreography for the storyboards of Kuu Kuu Harajuku season 3,  show created by Gwen Stefani. Wish we could share some footage but can’t until August when the first episode gets released!!

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TORONTO/CHINA

This Destination Canada X China documentary meant exchanging, choreographing, eating good food with outstanding artists and promoting our city Toronto! Somewhere in Asia Gadfly is reppin on screen!

CYPHER FEST

We flew all the way to the Yukon to perform this Hard hitting piece for CYPHERFEST. The urban nature of this event brought together artists of different backgrounds to combine art, sport and creating in a budding dance environment. We performed our piece ANOMYKZ. 

Choreography: Ofilio Sinbadinho + Apolonia Velasquez

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 TIED FOR 1st PLACE

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TUDS FESTIVAL VIII

Our 8th and final TUDS festival was one for the books. After 8 years of creative growth, artistry, and healthy competition, we reached the end of a mind-blowing experience. Not only did we battle, compete and spread passion, but we got the chance to showcase companies including our very own. This year, we performed one of our favorites KLOROFYL. Sending a HUGE thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, and supporters over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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AYBRID INTESIVE

After 40+ hours training, creating, and leveling up, the second round of Aybrid Dance Intensive survivors repped hard on stage this summer. From martial arts to popping, acting classes to contemporary partnering these ninjas took it all on.  

Aymurais:  Ediya Daulet, Micah Enzlin, Kendra Epik, Raya Facey, Sebastian Bash Hirtenstein, Mikayla Marrelli, Dedra McDermott, Josh Cezar Pagcaliwangan, Christina Paquette,  Alyssa Petrolo,  Karyin Qiu, Marisa Ricci, Mio Sakamoto, Brianna Salmon, Caddy Superville, Tianna Therriault, Benjamin Smallz Williams.

 

YOU could be a part of the next round of ADI ninjas in AUGUST 2018! Stay tuned for more details!!