Ephemeral Artifacts: Travis Knights

Co-presented with One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 2023 High Performance Rodeo

FEBRUARY 2-4, 2023

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Ephemeral Artifacts: Travis Knights is a non-linear journey through the evolution of jazz and tap. It celebrates the body as a space of transmission and dance as a defiant act of creating knowledge. Featuring tap artist Travis Knights this work integrates music, video and storytelling. It unravels the body as a site of consequence and celebrates the act of dancing as a form of resistance.

Direction/Co-Choreography Brandy Leary
Performance/Co-Choreography Travis Knights
Conceived/Produced Anandam (Toronto)

Production History

Ephemeral Artifacts is a repertoire production of ĀNANDAM ’s choreographed by Brandy Leary. Created in 2017 it exists in different iterations, each with a diverse cast of artists. Since 2017 the work has been shown in gallery, theatre and public space contexts.

Ephemeral Artifacts: Travis Knights features magnetic tap artist Travis Knights. This unique collaboration between Leary and Knights offers a multidisciplinary journey that unsettles standard traditions of choreography, improvisation and collective creation.

Audience Advisory: This performance contains content that may not be suitable for young audiences.

PERFORMANCE EVENTS

Ephemeral Artifacts: Travis Knights February 2-4, 2023

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Artist Biographies

Brandy Leary

Brandy is a choreographer and dancer. She creates contemporary performances informed by dance, martial arts, circus and theatre. The dances she creates examine structural questions on the body, space and audience. Her works have been described as “phenomenological interventions” (Canadian Theatre), “soulful and sensuous” (NYTimes) and “embodying a hallucinatory, dreamlike state” (NOW Magazine). She is the founder and Artistic Director of ĀNANDAM.

 

Travis Knights

Travis Knights is a Tap Dancer. Born in Montreal, Travis was inspired to dance by Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. Introduced to the rich oral tradition of Tap by his teacher Ethel Bruneau at age 10, Travis went on to travel the world spreading his love of rhythm across 4 continents, touring with Tap Dogs, and Tapestry Dance Company. His felt responsibility for community is at the base of everything. In 2019 Travis finished a two year community development residency

at the Tranzac Club in Toronto hosting the Jazz United Jam, a weekly jazz jam session aimed at connecting live musicians with dancers. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario and hosts The Tap Love Tour Podcast, available on spotify, soundcloud and apple podcasts, featuring interviews with a myriad of inspiring tap dance artists.

THEATRE LOCATION & PARKING

Parking at DJD

The DJD Dance Centre parkade offers FREE underground parking Monday to Friday after 5PM and on Saturdays and Sundays. The parkade is free to valid ticket holders and students. Please note a code is needed to enter the parkade. (you will receive a code for the parkade 24 hours before the performance you are attending or with your class purchase). You can access the DJD parkade off Centre Street (at the back of the Kahanoff Centre).

Please note:  There is a 6 foot maximum height restriction for our underground parking.

Additional parking

Two large paid-public parking lots are located at the South and East sides of the building. Two-hour meter street parking is available on Center Street SE, between 12 and 13 Avenue SE. Two disabled parking spaces are available on the south side of the building.