Human Landscape Dance presents "Shades" and "Rumplestiltskin" on Sunday September 18, 2016, from 1:30-2:30pm in the 3rd floor studio of Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario. This contemporary dance performance is free and appropriate for all ages. Artistic Director Malcolm Shute will lead the Contact Improvisation Class that morning from 10:45-11:45am, which is followed by the regular jam. We invite all to come dance with us, then stay to watch our new work. for more information: inquiries at hldance.org, 001-202-577-9997.

"Shades" is a revision of the "Kingdom of the Shades" section of the classical ballet La Bayadere. It is a meditation on grief, and questions our culture's tendency to view heaven as a land of endless repetition. The original "Kingdom of the Shades" is more a wish for contentment with the status quo, than an embracing of inevitable change. 

Our version of Rumplestiltskin emphasizes the relationship between Rumplestiltskin and the Miller's Daughter: both want to transform their lives, both struggle to learn how. Thrusting out hands at awkard angles, both try to weave themselves a new life.