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Urban Roots Dance Crew ‘GADFLY’ Takes Centre Stage January 31

Toronto/Montreal-based contemporary dance company bring eye-popping, expressive production to the Homburg Theatre 

Stepping its way onto P.E.I. soil later this month is contemporary dance company, GADFLY. Presented as part of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre! the troupe have turned heads nation-wide, being named The Globe and Mail’s breakthrough performance of the year, dubbed “a class act…top of the line urban contemporary dance”. Their body of work includes acrobatic performances at Ted Talks Toronto, Nuit Blanche, and Luminato.

The crew is led by directors Ofilion Sinbadinho and Apolonia Velasquez, who created their signature Aybrid Movement style, an urban dance style with a twist. Born from Chilean and Guatemalan parents Velasquez and Salvadorian native, Sinbadinho have been creative collaborators for almost two decades. Both Francophones raised in Montreal, they established GADFLY in Toronto, an urban dance-rooted company that “challenges established formats with moves that will set you back in your seat”, according to a recent Toronto Star review.

As a Repertoire Dance Company, GADFLY has been moving people, posing provocative questions through their works, and fusing styles and inspirations since 2006. With their full evening production of ‘Klorofyl,’ GADFLY was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. They have also been commissioned to create work across Canada for events and organizations such as Festival DansEncore, Nike, Ryerson University, and for several charitable organizations.

“Extraordinary choreography,” says Christopher Hoile, in a review of the crew for EYE Weekly. “It’s terrifically exciting to see street dance liberated from the robotics of music videos and imbued with emotional expression.”

Don’t miss this thrilling contemporary dance production, a rarity in an Island winter season of live performances! Gadfly makes their Island debut, firing up the Homburg Theatre stage on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are available at the box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the City of Charlottetown; to Sobeys; and to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, andThe Guardian.

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