Summer Company 2019
From left to right above: Krista Newey, Cody Berry, Kirsten Sullivan, Micha Baltman, Tavia Christina, Anastasia Botos, Dana MacDonald. Not pictured: Jessica Cen. All images above by Tavia Christina and Summer Company.
In Spring 2019, Frog in Hand held open auditions. Seven remarkable dancers and Production Assistant Jessica Cen were invited to join Frog in Hand's Summer Company project. Throughout the summer these emerging dance artists are creating and premiering new work (Boomba), teaching company class, developing their strength, stamina and mobility with personal trainer Alice Cavanagh, leading community and school outreach (Dragon), undertaking specialized training (sword work, stage combat, clowning, theatre, spoken word poetry, writing, martial arts), writing blog posts, and researching new work (Stories in the Woods, Sugar Plum). The company performed at the Toronto Fringe 2019 in a site-specific work, Heart of Matter, at Trinity Saint Paul's United Church.
Rehearsal Director: Micha Baltman
Micha is a dance artist, performer, teacher, and choreographer originally from Toronto.
He has created and performed work in the UK, Finland, France, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico. He produces in collaboration with his own company BALT//Projects and with Vignettes Dance Theatre. His piece Cache-Cache was recently awarded First Prize at the D’Ici Danse Festival (Bordeaux, France). Micha was a member of the Ballet Junior de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland) from 2016-2017 and has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Barak Marshall, Cindy Van Acker, Pierre Pontvianne, James Cousins, Lea Anderson, and Leila McMillan. He collaborated on a dance film produced by South East Dance England and directed by Debbie Tiso (UK) and is currently working with Frog in Hand and Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto). Micha graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) from the London Contemporary Dance School and was a grateful recipient of the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship.
Tavia Christina is a multidisciplinary (Métis) artist residing in Toronto (Tkarón:to),
Canada. Investing in the arts at a young age, she attended the regional arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary school for Dance. Tavia is currently attending Ryerson University working towards her BFA in Performance Dance and double minoring in French Languages and Indigenous Studies. She has had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Israel at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, where she performed repertoires of Rami Be’er, The Cullberg Ballet and a new creation by Ilya Nikurov. Tavia has also furthered her training at a variety of summer programs which include; Batsheva Dance Company Summer Intensive, Alias Dance Project Intensive, Ignite Summer Intensive and Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive.
In other dance streams, Tavia has dabbled in the commercial field, for Tourism Toronto’s commercial The Views are Different Here and performing in music videos such as The Beaches’s Snakes Tongue, Majid Jordan’s Body Talk, and Little Scream’s Dark
Dances. Recently, she has worked for the Queer company LemonTree Creations as part of Factory Theatre’s Foundry Unit, featured as part of Theatre Passe Murraille’s new play workshop series, BUZZ on their (LTC) workshop of The Blood Cycle playing the role of Arjola.
Kirsten Sullivan is a Toronto based freelance artist. She is a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance, and the 2017 recipient of the Lipson Family Endowment Award honouring excellence in performance and choreography. Kirsten has worked with prominent companies and artists including Alias Dance Project, RubberbanDance Group, Kaeja D’dance, Vim Vigor Dance Company, Heidi Strauss, Elia Mrak, Gadfly Dance Company. Kirsten is the recipient of the 2018 NewBlue Creative Risk creation residency with Kaeja D’dance and was commissioned to create work for the Ryerson School of Performance in March, 2019.
Krista Newey holds a BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Krista has performed with Alias Dance Project, Nostos Collectives, The Garage, and most recently Frog In Hand. She has been apart of creative processes with artists such as MADBOOTS DANCE, Kate Wallich (The YC), Riley Sims (Social Growl Dance), Parts + Labour_Danse, Ladia Aldaz Arrieta, and Dana Gingras. Krista also participated in Adelheid’s first re:research program where she danced for and collaborated with Alyssa Martin. Krista’s choreography has appeared in TOES for Dance’s IGNITE summer intensive, Ryerson Choreographic Works, Ryerson’s New Voices Festival, the Dance Matters series “Into The Fire”, The Garage Studio Showing, and with Nostos.
Residing in Newmarket, Dana began her passion for dance from the tender age of three. Since she has trained in Ballet, Graham, Horton, Contemporary, Floor-work, Musical Theatre, Cuban Contemporary, Alexandra Wells Image Technique™, Urban, jazz, and Partnering (including Toronto based Kaeja Elevations™). Dana is a 2018 Graduate from Ryerson University's Dance program and holds a BFA. She has the opportunity to work for, train with and learn repertoire from many international and Toronto-based companies including: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gadfly, Alias Dance projects, Pro Arte Danza, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, Kaeja D’dance, Batsheva Dance Company, Human Body Expressions, Frog in Hand and CHUTHIS. Dana's passion for choreography has led her to create new work for the Huron Heights S.S. dance program and win the Young Creators Challenge choreography competition (summer 2019). Dana is part of a new and continuing project with Kate Hilliard (Granite Motion Gallery), as well as on Frog in Hand's summer company. Dana is excited to be shadowing Transcen|dance's upcoming new work under mentor Julia Cratchley.
Cody was raised in Lac La Croix, First Nation, and is a two spirited Ojibway contemporary dance artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Berry is a graduate of the Conteur Academy - a contemporary dance training program under the artistic direction of Eryn Waltman. Cody has worked with Gadfly Dance Company/Aybrid Method, Metamorphosis Method, Redsky Performance, Larchaud Dance Projects, Indigenous Day Live, and the Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Cody had the opportunity to show his choreography at the New Blue Dance Festival and will be debuting a new commissioned work at Fall For Dance North in October 2019.
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Anastasia is currently Toronto-based. She started dancing at the age of 10. Anastasia trained at the National Opera of Greece (NOG), Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, Dance Teq (Kevin Pugh and Jeremy Nasmith), the National Ballet School of Canada (VI associates level), ProArteDanza Summer Intensive 2018 and in the Metamorphosis Method. She is currently entering her fourth year at Ryerson University, where she received the Theatre Dance Program Award in 2018. Anastasia has worked with choreographers including Vaso Politi, Alexandar Neskov, Thanasis Solomos, Peggy Baker, Anne Plamondon, Gadfly, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Irena Ponizava, Igor Bacovich, Iratxe Ansa and Colleen Snell. Outside of her experience in dance, Anastasia trained in acting at the National Theatre of Greece and performed in many Greek productions (including Ten Tone Productions TO ONOMA MOY EINAI EYA). Anastasia will be performing at Fall For Dance North 2019 with Anne Plamondon’s choreography ‘FIDDLE EMBRACE.’ She is extremely grateful to be working with the inspiring artists of the Frog in Hand Summer Company 2019.
Production Assistant: Jessica Cen
Jessica Cen is a multidisciplinary artist based in Scarborough. She has eight years of experience in theatre production, specifying in stage and production management, public relations, and design. Jessica graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Theatre Performance Production and minoring in Acting & Dance. She has had the privilege of working alongside and being mentored by many respected industry artists. Highlights from Ryerson include: Assistant Director and Stage Manager (Fassbinder, Love is Colder than Death), Assistant to Director, Stage Manager and Producer (Acting II Scene Study), Hair and Makeup Supervisor (Fall 2017 Season), Co-Head of Audience Relations in (Winter 2017 Season), Box Office Supervisor (Julius Caesar, Choreographic Works), Assistant Stage Manager (The Holiday Show), Production Assistant (Tales of the Vienna Woods), Production Assistant (Cinderella).
Jessica is the Production Assistant and Stage Manager for Frog in Hand's 2019 Summer Company, assisting and facilitating in a variety of roles. Outside of her time in theatre, she plays the flute, freelances as a makeup artist, and is an aspiring writer/director.