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MOonhORsE Dance Theatre presents Older & Reckless – now more than ever

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre presents
Older & Reckless – now more than ever
An online event produced by Fagan Media Group

Premieres Friday, November 5, 2021
and available until November 14, 2021

 MOonhORsE Dance Theatre will launch the 2021 edition of their acclaimed series celebrating mature dance artists Older & Reckless – now more than ever, with an online edition premiering on Friday, November 5. Older & Reckless – now more than ever,curated by Artistic Director Claudia Moore, will feature innovative new dance films created and performed by notable dance artists Peter Chin and Christine Friday, Julia Aplin and Kim Farris-Manning, and William Yong.A highlight and special commission for Older & Reckless 2021 is a new film AMALGAM by award-winning film director and multi-faceted artist William Yong featuring nine senior dancers. William Yong’s exquisite Noppera-bō 野箆坊, featured in the 20th anniversary edition of Older & Reckless, received the ‘Award of Excellence’ at Los Angeles’ One-Reeler Short Film Competition in January 2021. His new film for Older & Reckless features esteemed dance artists Robert Desrosiers, Deepti Gupta, Charmaine Headley, Learie Mc Nicolls, Claudia Moore, Yvonne Ng, Carlos Rivera, Julia Sasso and Gerry Trentham.

Now more than ever, we look to our senior artist leaders for their ability to uplift our spirits through dance” says Artistic Director Claudia Moore. “MOonhORsE is thrilled to present a new film by William Yong who continues to turn heads with his bold vision and his poetic artistry.” Older & Reckless – now more than ever also features the new dance film For You, an Older & Reckless Community Project filmed on location in Cedarvale Ravine in Toronto. For You is a collaboration between choreographer Julia Aplin and queer arbor-artist Kim Farris-Manning featuring eight community movers led by senior dance artists Terrill Maguire and Troy Emery Twigg (Kainai Nation).  Before returning to live performance next fall at their Harbourfront Centre Theatre home, Older & Reckless – now more than ever, is thrilled to include 16 seasoned dance artists, 8 community movers, 4 new dance films and brief interviews with the artists. On November 5th, there will be a live Q & A with the Older & Reckless artists after the 7:00 EDT live-stream. Additional programming includes online Workshops taking place November 1-5, 2021 led by Lua Shayenne, Carol Anderson, Penny Couchie, Denise Fujiwara and Margie Gillis OC CQ.

Over the past year and a half, MOonhORsE has remained vital with online programs, offering movement classes for seniors led by senior artists to keep in motion and connected through dance. It is their honour to feature magnificent senior artists and amateur movers of many nations and backgrounds in this second online edition of Older & Reckless. Older & Reckless, “a gem in the Toronto dance scene” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star) conceived by Claudia Moore, founder and artistic director of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, is a dance series acclaimed for its celebration of mature dance artists and their tenacious life-long pursuit of physical expression. Appealing not only to a senior audience, but to all generations, Older & Reckless shines a light on those Canadian and international dance artists who continue to pursue their passion and share it as performers, teachers, mentors and advocates for the Arts. Older & Reckless – now more than ever
An online event produced by Fagan Media Group
Friday, November 5th at 7:00pmEDT (4:00pmPDT) and available until Sunday, November 14th at midnight
Visit www.moonhorsedance.com  to register Additional Programming:
Online Workshops Via Zoom
November 1- 5, 2021, from 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT (8:00am – 9:00am PDT)
Led by Lua Shayenne, Carol Anderson, Penny Couchie, Denise Fujiwara and Margie Gillis OC CQ
Visit www.moonhorsedance.com to register SOCIAL:
FACEBOOK: @MoonhorseDance  
TWITTER: @MoonhorseDance
INSTA: @moonhorsedancetheatre  Adina Herling for Moonhorse Dance Theatre, adina@moonhorsedance.com 

 ABOUT THE ARTISTS:Peter Chin is the Founder / Artistic Director of Tribal Crackling Wind – an interdisciplinary performing arts company created in 1999 to bring together the artists and means to produce Chin’s works. Described as a “renaissance man”, Peter Chin is a choreographer, composer, designer, writer, director and performer of dance and music. He creates works that potentially engage all these disciplines, inspired by the Asian paradigm of “Total Theatre”. Born in Jamaica of mixed Chinese, black and Irish ancestry, Peter Chin is also a true multicultural soul and his rich heritage has been played out through the company’s repertoire, giving it a genuine international and global character. https://www.tribalcracklingwind.ca/Christine Friday is an Indigenous contemporary dance artist and choreographer who began her career in 1992 and has been performing ever since. Anishinabbe kwe from Friday’s Point on Lake Temagami in Northern Ontario, Christine’s powerful work, Maggie and me, was presented this summer by Canadian Stage and at Older & Reckless in 2019. Christine creates solo work, youth performances, full- scale productions and has been a guest choreographer for three Indspire award shows. She works continually with the development of youth in her First Nation communities. The inspiration for her choreography stems from her culture and life experience living on this earth as an Indigenous woman. Her company- Friday Creeations: a film and stage Production Company- allows her to transition her skills into filmmaking to broaden her audience while fulfilling her potential, as well as developing her life-long dream of a Cultural Creation Centre based in N’Dakimenan- Our Homeland. https://www.fridaycreeations.ca/ Vickie Fagan is an award-winning producer, director, writer and filmmaker. She launched Fagan Media Group in the fall of 2010. Vickie’s television background includes over fifteen years with Chum Television where she worked as a producer of documentaries, short films and series television. Vickie specializes in offering broadcast-quality production values and story driven content. Fagan received the Grand Jury Prize at the Ojai California Film Festival for her documentary Adventures in Breathing, a CPRS award of merit for the Halton Region, Drive Safe Campaign video 2012, 1st place for Experimental Short (Betrothed) at the Indie Gathering Film Festival and Fastnet Film Festival in Cork, Ireland as well as the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Series or Program for The Curse of Clara. https://faganmediagroup.net/ William Yong @willzento is the film director for the new film commission for Older & Reckless- now more than ever. Yong is a multi-faceted artist, performer, choreographer, dancer, actor, designer and an award-winning director for theatre and film. Since he founded Zata Omm and W Zento Production, as the artistic director, William has spent last fifteen years breaking new ground collaborating with artists, scientists and engineers in bold and innovative ways. In particular Zata Omm has become a site for research under his tenure, focusing on the integration of dance, technology and broader culture in order to re-imagining performances for our technological age. https://zataomm.org/ 

We would like to thank Damien Nelson-Want & Able Arts Consulting for the press release.