REPOST: Aldona at Large: Everything All at Once, Right Now!

Article re-posted with permission by Aldona Satterthwaite, Director, The Toronto Botanical Garden
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Last Saturday evening, contemporary dance company mm2 from Philadelphia performed outdoors in our Arrival Courtyard for a crowd of dance lovers. This young company comprises dancers who not only perform but also choreograph the works, and all but one has finished their studies in dance at university. (The lone male is under 18 and isn’t old enough to go to college.)

The ten pieces, part of “Conversations,” ranged from the dramatic to the droll.

Here, company director Steven Weisz is joined by Director of Development Claudia Zuccato Ria, left, and Globe and Mail columnist, dance critic and author Deirdre Kelly, whose new book, Ballerina, will be published this fall. After the performance, Deirdre led and insightful and spirited Q and A with Steven and the dancers, and there were plenty of questions from the audience, too.

“I can’t thank you enough for all your kindness and hard work in making this event possible. It was a perfect evening at TBG and one that our dancers will remember for a lifetime.” – Steven Weisz