The thirty-fifth annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place June 23 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The dance division saw a total of thirty-four nominees in seven categories.
Two awards were presented to what we are saying by Ame Henderson/Public Recordings including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance — Ensemble. what we are saying, performed in May as a part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage performance series, is an inquisitive piece inspired by the Occupy movement of 2011.
Gotta Go Church, an explorative solo choreographed by Valerie Calam, presented by DanceWorks in firsthingsfirst productions’ mixed program with a trace, also took home two awards with Simon Rossiter winning Outstanding Lighting Design and soloist Kate Franklin winning Outstanding Performance — Female.
Outstanding Performance — Male was awarded to Marc Boivin in WOULD by Mélanie Demers, also part of with a trace. Outstanding Choreography went to Louis Laberge-Côté for …et même aprés, a duet exploring his relationship with life partner Michael Caldwell, from the festival dance: made in canada/fait au canada’s Von Tiedemann series. Dustin Peters was awarded Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for his work on Malcolm by James Kudelka, a puppet duet presented by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, presented annually in Toronto, honour excellence in dance, theatre and opera. The awards are presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and are named after teacher and director Dora Mavor Moore, who was instrumental in bringing professional theatre to Canada in the 1930s and 1940s.