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Thursday, August 09, 2007


A free evening of inspired performances in the Valley

August 25, 7 pm, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre

Fu-GEN performs Singkil by Catherine Hernandez, Photo by Mark McNeilly

Saturday, August 25 will be a summer night to remember as a diverse cast
of more than 50 actors, dancers, playwrights, musicians and spoken-word
artists take over the sprawling Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts
Centre for *DARK*, an exciting evening of free performances.

Nestled in the Don Valley at Pottery Road, the Todmorden site features
historic homes, the Brewery Gallery, the Papermill Theatre & Gallery, an
historic train station and a 9.2 hectare wild flower preserve. Each of these
spaces will be utilized in site-specific, overlapping performances as
audiences move about the grounds from 7 - 11 pm in what promises to be a
magical and entertaining evening.

Mainstage performances in the Papermill Theatre include premieres of new
works from Dora Award-winning Fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company and
Tapestry New Opera Works. The AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project combines
drums, dance and drama, while dancer/choreographe r Santee Smith performs a
new, original piece in the Papermill Gallery space during the mainstage

Sponsored by Toronto Culture's Live With Culture program, *DARK* is curated
by Marjorie Chan (Cahoots Theatre Project) who has charged the performers
with transforming Todmorden Mills into "a thrilling evening of performance

Other performers include banjo-playing storyteller Sean Dixon (author of The
Girls Who Saw Everything), performance artists Hyun Liya Choi, Belladonna
and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, actor Melissa D'Agostino, INpulse Dance artists
Diana Groenendijk and Suzanne Liska, improv troupe The Wrecking Crew, the
Actors Repertory Company and Korean drum ensemble Samul Nori Canada. Seven
playwrights, including Governor General's Award nominees Lisa Codrington and
Mark Brownell, will perform 15 minute readings of their works.

"*DARK* will be a wonderful showcase for Todmorden Mills," says site
administrator Ulana Baluk. "Our theatre and gallery spaces are state of the
art and our historic buildings will provide evocative backdrops for the

For more information visit www.livewithculture .ca , the ultimate guide to
Toronto's culture scene. Live With Culture is a celebration of Toronto's
extraordinary arts and cultural communities, shining a spotlight on the
vibrant and diverse activities happening in the city each and every day.

City of Toronto Culture, Museums and Heritage Services, operates 10 historic
museums offering public, education and special event programming.

*Todmorden Mills is located at 67 Pottery Road*

For details call (416) 396-2819



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