Syreeta Hector (2009 grad) and Brian Solomon (2005 grad) are among the eight independent artists who have been chosen to participate in Toronto Dance Theatre’s Pilot Episodes initiative. This is a project that was originally slated for the current season; it has now been delayed, but will most likely re-surface in the company’s next season. Co-facilitated by choreographer Tedd Robinson and TDT’s Artistic Director Andrew Tay, the project will put an emphasis on artistic risk taking, allowing creators to experiment without the pressure of having to create a finished work. Over the course of the project, there will be showings and interviews streamed online in which audiences can learn about the artists’ journeys and discoveries.
Syreeta Hector (2009 grad), has had a wonderful career since her graduation from the School. She is a highly accomplished performer, and has danced with numerous companies including Adelheid Dance Projects, the Danny Grossman Dance Company, Aria Evans’ company Political Movement, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She is a graduate of The Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, and has an M.A. in Dance Studies from York University.
Syreeta’s recent work Black Ballerina focuses on the dualities within one’s identity, along with her blackness and indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet. The solo was invited to undergo a residency with Workspacebrussels, and the Kaaitheater in Brussels, Belgium. The development of the full length version of Black Ballerina is taking place through the support of Citadel+ Compagnie, the RBC Creators in Residence Program at Canadian Stage, and the Kaaitheater.
Syreeta is on the dance faculty at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. As well, she is one of the Luminato Artists in Residence for the 2020-21 season.
To check out Syreeta’s profile in our 2016 newsletter, click here: https://schooloftdt.org/alumni-watch-syreeta-hector/
Brian Solomon (2005 grad), has been very active since his graduation from the School. He is of Anishinaabe and Irish heritage, and was born in the remote community of Shebahonaning, located in the Manitoulin district of northern Ontario. He followed first in the tradition of visual art in the region – the surrounding lands are one of the birthplaces of eastern woodland art, and many contemporary artists are drawn here to work. He began his visual art practice learning from some of these artists. While working as a portrait artist in his teenage years he discovered theatre, traditional and contemporary dance. He moved to Toronto to train at the School, and later received an M.A. in performance from the Laban Centre (U.K.). Since then, he has performed in dance and theatre for dozens of creators from across Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe, earning several Dora and Gemini award nominations.
As a creator, Brian’s work is multidisciplinary, raw, challenging, and present. He has choreographed a community work with over 40 interpreters, solos in trees, and animated installations of landfill. His work has toured nationally and internationally, and has been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, and NGBK – Neue Gesellschaft Für Bildende Kunst Berlin. In 2017, he received a Reveal Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
To check out Brian’s profile in our 2015 newsletter, click here: https://schooloftdt.org/alumni-watch-brian-solomon/