LOOKING FOR THE DANCE

The photography of Mikhail Baryshnikov

Opens September 18th | 1 Yonge St.

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The Experience

Throughout his travels, Baryshnikov’s true study was about the constant emotional and artistic impact on his audiences that the colours, movements and the emotions of dance creates. Bright colours and amorphous abstract figures characterize his subjects, where the energy of dance is captured in a densely saturated snapshot which likewise vibrates from the movement. 

More than 20 of his magical works will be available to the public.

Conceived and designed as a photo installation, this new mesmerizing experience will be presented by Lighthouse Artspace at 1 Yonge St in Toronto. It will run September 18 – October 17 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Known for having dominated and revolutionized the panorama of classic ballet for decades, first as a dancer and later as a choreographer, Baryshnikov has asserted himself as a polyhedral artist expanding his talent through digital photography. Bright colors and amorphous abstract figures characterize his subjects, where the energy of dance is captured in a densely saturated snapshot, which likewise vibrates from the movement.

“I am both humbled and honored to bring this work to Toronto, a city I care deeply about.”

– Mikhail Baryshnikov

A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST

“LOOKING FOR THE DANCE is an extension of my journey to capture dance in transformative moments—most recently within the Argentinian milongas and the South Indian Odissi styles. On my first trip to India in 2017, I travelled south to Bangalore to the magical Nrityagram Village and spent time with two of the world’s finest dancers, Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy. At Nrityagram, apprentices and young girls from local villages are taught Odissi, the premiere classical Indian dance form.”

“While performing in Argentina, I returned several times between 2014 and 2017 to dance halls throughout Buenos Aires, following the footsteps of the tango. On these journeys, more than the shape, I am looking for emotional impact through colors, gestures, and steps of the dance and dancers.”

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In order to comply with the City of Toronto’s vaccine mandate, visitors at Looking For The Dance will be required to present proof of vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit

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Vaccine mandate for Looking For The Dance

As of September 22nd, we will be implementing a mandatory proof of vaccination policy for all patrons attending Looking For The Dance in the City of Toronto.

From September 22nd, all patrons will be required to present proof of vaccination to our entrance greeter in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.

Valid proof: Until such time as Ontario introduces its digital proof of vaccination platform, we will be accepting proof of vaccination by means of the vaccine receipt received after the final vaccination.

This can be shown to our attendants via phone, printout, etc. This receipt indicates whether it was a first or second dose, as well as the date on which it was administered.

Patrons will also have to provide a valid photo ID, to match the names on the vaccination receipt.

Exception: To accommodate patrons as we transition into full compliance, we will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test from September 22nd to October 12th in lieu of proof of vaccination. This negative test must have been done within 72 hours of attending Looking For The Dance. After October 12th, we will only accept proof of vaccination.

Please note:

Full vaccination is defined as having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and having run a full two-week course since receiving the second shot. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccine mandate.

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