Mike Moore, Justine Chambers, Michael Trent,
Heidi Strauss, Ron Stewart, Michael Sean Marye
rehearsal photo by Kenneth Grey

"Sasso's gutsy piece has been the surprise hit of the festival…"
- Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

"Gutsy, full-blooded movement that sweeps and rolls across the stage."
- Michael Crabb, The National Post


Choreographed by Julia Sasso
Dramaturgy by Brian Quirt

"This piece touches the soul." - The Globe and Mail

"The dance contains no explicit narrative, yet it has the emotional impact of great drama...Beauty marks the coming of age of a remarkable choreographer." - Toronto Star

"Depicting galloping wild stallions and orgasmic sexual encounters, Beauty is Sasso's most audacious, honest and revealing work to date." - Eye Magazine

An abstract meditation on the meaning of beauty, this bold dance work has been an exciting collaboration between choreographer, dramaturg and six dancers. With spirited physicality and mercurial grace, Beauty brings to life a landscape of desire in which Sasso's dancers explore the possibility of beauty in every kind of human encounter.

Audience response to the sold-out premiere in Ottawa in June 2002 was excellent, and the five day run at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre in 2003 was greeted with rave reviews and standing room only performances.

Beauty is a co-commission of Nightswimming, Harbourfront Centre and Julia Sasso dances


Production History

Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, June 11, 2002

Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, January 28 to February 1, 2003

Choreography by Julia Sasso
Dramaaturgy by Brian Quirt

Featuring Justine Chambers, Michael Sean Mayre, Mike Moore, Ron Stewart, Heidi Strauss and Michael Trent
Music by Geoffrey Bennett and TTG Music Lab
Design by Heather MacCrimmon and Hugh Conacher

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