Henderson / Castle: voyager 

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada

photo by Rob Reid

Premiered for Toronto Dance Theatre in 2014, Ame Henderson collaborates with acclaimed singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle and nine virtuoso dancers to present a work that explores continuous movement as a state of being and the ways in which never stopping affects bodies and relations.

Presented in the vastness of the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada, this enigmatic and hypnotic performance invites the audience to witness the unfolding of ongoing movement, and the transformation of the individuals on stage as they work.

Post-show Q&A: A brief talk between Ame Henderson, the performers and Adam Welch, coordinating curator of the Alex Colville exhibition, will follow the performance.

Performers: Alana Elmer, Marie Claire Forté, Mairi Greig, Christopher House, Yuichiro Inoue, Pulga Muchochoma, Jarrett Siddall, Kaitlin Standeven, Naishi Wang and Jennifer Castle

When: Saturday June, 6 at 2pm
Where: National Gallery of Canada, Great Hall
Tickets: free with entrance to the Gallery
Duration:  60 minutes

About the Company:
Renowned for its virtuoso, nuanced dancers and its distinctive aesthetics, since 1994 Toronto Dance Theatre has also established a reputation for bold, inventive stagings by artistic director Christopher House, who has more than sixty choreographies to his credit. Eager to explore multidisciplinary works and to experiment, over the years he has invited some forty choreographers to create pieces for his dancers, engaging ultra contemporary artists such as Ame Henderson, for whom he is dancing in this piece. For more information go to

About the Choreographer:
Ame Henderson is Artistic Director of Public Recordings, an atelier for choreographic experimentation. Committed to collaborative working structures both aesthetically and politically, she maintains ongoing collaborations with artists from across disciplines and continents. Henderson’s performance works continue to be researched and performed across Canada and internationally and she has been an artist-in-residence at The Theatre Centre and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. She is a founding member of Project bk and works regularly with Matija Ferlin, 10 Gates Dancing, Dancemakers and Small Wooden Shoe.

TDT Artistic Director Christopher House and Ame Henderson are Associate Dance Artists of the National Arts Centre.

About the composer:
The singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist Jennifer Castle is a rising star on the Canadian music scene. She has collaborated with a number of musicians and bands, composed a film score and released three solo albums. She has worked with visual artists and also with the choreographers Barbara Lindenberg and Aimee Dawn Robinson. In this piece, she sets aside the harmonious chords of folk and country to plunge into dissonance in the long song she has composed and reinvents in each performance of voyager.









photo by Ömer Yükseker, dancer Kaitlin Standeven

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Read a review of Henderson/Castle: voyager in the Globe & Mail


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