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Nuit Blanche Everyday Marvels

Nuit Blanche Everyday Marvels

A new episodic performance installation by Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, based on Lorna Crozier’s The Book of Marvels: A compendium of everyday things

On October 5, 2013 the Gardiner will present a new episodic performance installation directed by Shannon Litzenberger in collaboration with Susie Burpee and Marie-Josée Chartier based on Lorna Crozier’s The Book of Marvels: A compendium of everyday things

The performance will feature 16 vignettes (or ‘marvels’) created by eight local choreographers and performed by over 50 professional and community-based Toronto artists including independent dancers, recent professional dance program graduates, and an enthusiastic team of bankers from The RBC Bank Notes. Seen through the lens of Crozier’s award-winning poetic voice, everyday objects such as a bowl, a vacuum, and bobby pins assume integral roles in human evolution and our expression as a species.

Make a donation to ensure that everyone can experience
this compelling 12-hour performance piece

$ 12,000 is required to support this ambitious and compelling project – just $ 750 for each poem!  Make a donation today to see the inner life of your favourite object brought to life by the creative talents of these marvelous choreographers.

Rob Abubo

Julia Aplin

Susie Burpee

Val Calam
Darkness, Its Origins

Marie-Josée Chartier 
The Midnight News

Peter Chin

Shannon Litzenberger

Dan Wild



2013 Nuit Blanche

Make a donation today and see your favourite poem from The Book of Marvels: A compendium of everyday things come to life in the hands of these marvelous choreographers during Nuit Blanche at the Gardiner Museum.

All donations of $20 and above will receive a tax receipt in the full amount.

NOTE: Fully sponsored poems are ineligible for donation.

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Amy Digout
Andrea Marcucci - Orillia Dance Academy
à la Carte Kitchen Inc.
Bulmash-Siegel Fund
charles cutts
Clara Levy
David Miller - toronto
Derek Ballantyne
Doug Ford
Elizabeth MacKinnon
Ines Fernandez
Jan Burdon
Jesse Dell
Joel Licuanan
John Honderich
Kenny Pearl
Lauren Gould
Lindy Cowan and Chris Hatley
Madeline Sheridan
Nisha Rana - Cloud7 Consulting
Peter Hagar
Phil & Dianne
Preethi Mascarenhas
rhonda ross
Rita Davies
Robert & Julia Foster
Sabrina Grant
sandy mactaggart
Upkar Arora - Illumina Partners Inc.
Wendy Hutchinson - studio wendy
Yvon Grant
Anonymous (4)

About Shannon Litzenberger

With roots in rural Saskatchewan, Shannon Litzenberger is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, writer, director and arts advocate. Over her decade-long career as a professional artist, Shannon has worked with some of Canada’s leading choreographers including Marie-Josée Chartier, David Earle, DA Hoskins, Susie Burpee, Heidi Strauss, Meagan O’Shea, Darryl Tracy, Michael Greyeyes, and David Pressault. As an independent artist and Artistic Director of Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, she recently premiered her new work HOMEbody – lessons in prairie living… to critical acclaim in Toronto. Shannon was the 2012 recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance from Ryerson University. www.shannonlitzenberger.com

About Lorna Crozier

One of Canada’s most celebrated poets, Lorna Crozier has read from her work on every continent.
She has received numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award, for her fifteen books of poetry, which include Small Mechanics, The Blue House of the Day, What the Living Won’t Let Go and Everything Arrives at the Light, and her memoir, Small Beneath the Sky. She has also edited several anthologies, among them Desire in Seven Voices and, with Patrick Lane, Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast. She lives on Vancouver Island and is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria. www.lornacrozier.ca

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