Dancers of Dance Rx³
Re-emergence, Re-engagement, & Re-connection.
Meet the renowned dancers and choreographers participating in Dance Rx³ from the Throwdown Collective.
Toronto-based Throwdown Collective is an award-winning contemporary dance company that supports the collaborative creative pursuits of founders Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson. The Collective’s first three site-specific works, originally commissioned for Toronto's Dusk Dances Festival, went on to tour throughout Canada and beyond, including the 85th Anniversary Celebration of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MA and Fall for Dance North at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Their first full-length evening of stage works, presented by DanceWorks (TO) received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Choreography and a total of eight nominations. Throwdown Collective enjoys a long-standing relationship with Dance Happens Here Haliburton and the Haliburton community. They created two full-length works as artists-in-residence at the Sculpture Forest (2018, 2019), and a short film commissioned by DH3 during the COVID-19 lockdown. They are thrilled to be returning to Haliburton for another exciting project.
Irvin Chow will be stepping in for Zhenya Cerneacov for this project.
Throwdown Collective: Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairead Filgate & Brodie Stevenson
Filgate is a contemporary dance artist currently dividing her time between Toronto and Montreal. A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Etobicoke School of the Arts, she has performed extensively throughout Canada and beyond with the Danny Grossman Dance Company, tiger princess dance projects, Public Recordings, Dusk Dances, BoucharDanse, Chartier Danse, Bill Coleman, Gabby Kamino, Laurie Raymond, and Kaeja d’Dance, among others. As a choreographer Mairéad creates both independently and collaboratively. She makes regular sojourns to New York City to study the work of Trisha Brown, and explores dance communities around the globe whenever she can find an opportunity. With Throwdown Collective she co-created theatrical dance events called Sculpture Forest Re-Imagined in 2018 and 2019, working with local musicians and dancers which led audiences through a series of performance vignettes in the Haliburton Sculpture Forest. Mairéad holds a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto. She served as the Chair for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists from 2016 to 2018.
Brodie Stevenson was born in the small village of Wuikinuxv on British Columbia’s central coast. From 2008 – 2014 Stevenson was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he performed in original works by Artistic Director Christopher House and also for guest choreographers such as Lina Cruz, Deborah Hay and Heidi Strauss. As an independent dancer Stevenson has worked with a wide range of choreographers including Marie-Josée Chartier, Allison Cummings, Denise Fujiwara, Laurence Lemieux and Sashar Zarif. Since 2008 Stevenson has been creating and performing as part of the award winning trio, Throwdown Collective. He is a Dora Award nominated performer and choreographic recipient with Throwdown Collective. With Throwdown Collective she co-created theatrical dance events called Sculpture Forest Re-Imagined in 2018 and 2019, working with local musicians and dancers which led audiences through a series of performance vignettes in the Haliburton Sculpture Forest.
Irvin Chow graduated with a BFA in Dance at York University. Through the years he has toured across Canada and internationally working with many choreographers such as: Angela Blumberg, Sylvie Bouchard, Jasmyn Fyffe, Robert Glumbek, Michael Greyeyes, Laurence Lemieux and Yvonne Ng. Irvin has had the pleasure of performing in David Earle’s, Miserere, in the Toronto Heritage Dance project as well as in William Yong’s Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage show, vox:lumen. He has worked with Christopher House’s as part of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2015 and was honoured to dance for Julia Sasso again in the remount of her much-acclaimed work, Sporting Life. Irvin's latest performance was with Citadel + Compagnie’s remount of Nuit by Jean-Pierre Perreault. The upcoming year looks very exciting for Irvin as he collaborates with both new and familiar artists.
Multi-award nominated, winner and loser, creator B Solomon is of Anishinaabe and settler heritage, born in Shebahonaning on the North Channel of Lake Huron. As a creator his work is multidisciplinary, raw, challenging and full of spirit. His commissions have ranged from community-rooted works with over 100 interpreters, solos in trees, to animated installations of landfill. His works have been presented and toured across Turtle Island and abroad. Since he was a teenager, much of Solomon’s work has been committed to community activation with a focus on the unacknowledged and underserved ones across the land. He is passionate about helping people relearn the nature of their ancient bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy as caretakers.
Noriko Yamamoto is a mime, dancer, choreographer, Silent Storyteller, mime-dancer, visual artist, and Nia instructor. After a distinguished performing career in Tokyo, she moved to Canada in 1994 and has continued performing in Toronto and across the country. In recent years, she’s been concentrating on her visual arts and performing more of her mime-dance pieces, which combine elements of mime and modern dance.
Phylicia Browne-Charles is an emerging dance artist from Toronto, Ontario. She began her dance training at the age of five in various styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical and tap. She is a 2020 graduate of the BFA Honours Dance Program at York University, where she continued her training in contemporary/modern and ballet dance forms with a focus in choreography. Phylicia has danced and choreographed for Dance Innovations, York Dances, and Bloom, and was a member of Chimera Project’s Company B Lab summer of 2019. Recently Phylicia participated in a 5 week mentorship program with Peggy Baker Dance Projects: RBC Emerging Artists Program 2021/2022. She is also participating in adelheid’s re:research for the 2021 season. Over the years she has had the opportunity to expand her dance vocabulary by working with dance artists Tracey Norman, Peggy Baker, Peter Kelly, Susan Lee, Helen Jones, John Ottmann, Julia Sasso, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Nicole Rose Bond, Mairi Greig, Emilio Colalillo, Mateo Galindo Torres and Sofí Gudiño. Phylicia is excited to continue her expansion of knowledge in performance and choreography as she progresses through her professional career.
Madeline Friel is a Toronto based artist. She is a dancer/actress who is highly interested in the cohesive practice between these two art forms. Madeline’s approach is heavily influenced by both forms and explores how acting, and dancing can coexist harmoniously to create intriguing and complex performances. Madeline began her dance training at the young age of five. She has studied many styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Modern. At thirteen Madeline began extensive training in acting. This led Madeline to be cast in the play “Play” by Samuell Beckett in the Sears Drama Festival which was performed at both the district and regional levels. Informed in these two art forms, Madeline’s approach to the art of choreography is exciting and unique as it has allowed her to engage in movement on a more theatrical and performative level. Two of Madeline’s solo pieces, which she choreographed and performed were showcased at the prestigious Ryerson School of Performance program, from which she recently graduated; “Suzanne” (Enchoreo), and “To Me” (Choreographic Works). Madeline received the Orly Watkin Award for excellence in dance, graduated with honours and has obtained a BFA in Performance Dance.
This event is funded by the Goverment of Canada