November 18-19th, Harbourfront Centre 416-973-4000 Ticket Price – $35, $28-

‘Balancing on the Edge’ is a collaborative production between Thin Edge New Music Collective and A Girl in the Sky Productions presented in association with Harbourfront Centre, which will explore via a deeply integrated relationship between contemporary music and contemporary circus arts, the myriad of ways in which modern humanity is precariously balanced on the edge of survival and evolution. New circus and new music collide in boundary pushing, radical circus performances featuring special guest, DJ P-Love and a cast of 40 local artists.
Our production will feature the premiere of six collaborative works interpreting what it means to be ‘balancing on the edge’ through innovative new music and new circus performances. Featured circus artists include Rebecca Devi Leonard, Natasha Danchenko, Brandy Leary, Holly Treddenick, Angola Murdoch-Ladder, Diana Lopez, Rebecca Carney, Emily Hughes, Emmanuel Cyr, and Louis Barbier who will showcase a wide range of circus disciplines ranging from Aerial Rock, Fire and ladder to invented apparatus and object manipulation. Our musical programme includes works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, and Montreal-based Nicole Lizée, with world premieres by California-based Scott Rubin and Toronto’s own Nick Storring. BOTE will feature lighting design by Joe Pagnan with live projections by Evan DeRushie and video by Jason J Brown. Balancing on the Edge aims to investigate what it means to be pushed to the limit from a wide range of perspectives through a fascinating synthesis of theatre, dance, multi-media, new music and new circus.

Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. Described as “..a unique and exciting formation that fascinates its audiences with a synthesis of utmost precision and unrivaled vitality.”(Michael Quell, Composer -Fulda, Germany), and “One of Toronto hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Michael Vincent – Musical Toronto), TENMC was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Since its inception, TENMC has grown to include 13 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped. In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has performed on concert stages across Canada, Italy and most recently in Buenos Aires Argentina.

A Girl in the Sky Productions is a contemporary circus company with roots in physical theatre. The company produces original works that integrate theatre, comedy, aerial, dance and acrobatic movement as the medium with which to examine the human condition and our place in the universe.
AGITS began in 2003 with a mandate to tell stories and unpack ideas where the circus technique was essential to the telling and understanding of what was being shared.
By using the visual impact of devised sculptural equipment and the counterpoint of the human form AGITS uses contemporary circus to illuminate human impact on the environment in The Gyre, a performance about the movement of plastic through the wind and water systems. AGITS performances paint stunning visual images, breathe life into characters and mythic archetypes and tell compelling and often humorous stories of human evolution. The company presents locally and internationally at festivals, galas and celebrations of art. Select credits include Nuit Blanche, Luminato Festival, Wild In The City (Evergreen), Shanghai Fringe Festival, Grassroots Festival, Virgin Records, Moisture Festival and CCAFT-Contemporary Circus Arts Festival Toronto.
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Magma (2016)
Circus Artists: Diana Lopez, Rebecca Carney
Music: Nicole Lizée (b.1973) Phonographenlieder (2014)
String quartet, piano, percussion, mezzo soprano, turntablist

Naked to the Sky (2016)
Circus Artist: Louis Barbier
Choreographer: Emmanuel Cyr
Music: Scott Rubin (b.1989) Naked to the Sky (2016)
Piano, percussion, saxophone, violin, electronics

Underneath (2016)
Circus Artist: Emily Hughes
Projections by Evan DeRushie
Music: Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) Okho (1989)
Percussion trio


Ascension (2016)
Circus Artist: Holly Treddenick, Angola Murdoch
Music John Cage (1912-1992) Aria & Fontana Mix (1958/1959)
Soprano, tape
Dramaturgy: Sarah Porter

Excavating Meaning (2016)
Circus artist: Brandy Leary
Music: Nick Storring (b.1981) Amanhã (2016)
Piano, percussion, saxophone, cello, 2 violins

Ghost Bicycle (2016)
Circus Artists: Rebecca Leonard, Natasha Danchenko
Dramaturgy: Sonia Norris
Video: Jason J Brown
Music: David Lang (b.1957) Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1993)
Bass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion + 2 antiphonal brake drums


Circus Artists:

Diana Lopez – website
Rebecca Carney – website
Louis Barbier – website
Brandy Leary – website
Emily Hughes – website, website
Holly Treddenick – website
Angola Murdoch – website
Rebecca Leonard – website
Natasha Danchenko – website
Sonia Norris

Projection Artist:

Evan Derushie – website

Video Artist:

Jason J Brown – website

Lighting Design:

Joe Pagnan – website


Rachael Abramoff-viola – website
Suhashini Arulanandam-violin – website
Adam Campbell-percussion – website
Stacie Dunlop–soprano – website
Cheryl Duvall-piano – website
Paulo Kapunan- Turntablist – website
Andrea Ludwig-mezzo soprano – website
Nathan Petitpas–percussion – website
Kathryn Ladano-bass clarinet –  website
Daniel Morphy-percussion – website
Chelsea Shanoff- saxophone – website
Ilana Waniuk-violin – website
Dobrochna Zubek-cello – website

Ghost Bicycle Dancers:

Eric Liu, Kelly Mullan, Dana Lerman, Rachel David, Sarah Stark, Jonathan Neville, Hoining Chang, Emma De Bono, Meagan Gartlan

Graphic design

Kristin Messina – website

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Photo Credit: Craig Meschino

Balancing on the Edge is presented with generous support from: