Uptown Moves

The performance of Uptown Moves: Nova Dance & Parul Shah at Meridian Arts Centre, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 30 2020, has been cancelled. Ticket holders are being notified of this update as quickly as possible, and all ticket orders will be refunded in full.



Uptown Moves is TO Live’s new series for dance lovers at MERIDIAN ARTS CENTRE.

Each part of the series pairs a Toronto-based artist with national or international groups in double-bill performance weekends that include a dance workshop, a Saturday Dance Night Out with film, food, and dance, and a Sunday “Hot Ticket” Matinee offering educational exchanges between the artists and audience.

Maverick and time-honoured, entertaining and thought-provoking, Uptown Moves allows each audience member to design their dance experience.



As the curator of Uptown Moves, I aspire to increase access; to have more people and neighbourhoods accessing dance activity; more creators in every form of dance accessing presentation opportunities; and more local, national and international dance artists accessing opportunities to converge. My programming philosophy is centred in cultivating connections between artists and audiences that are marginalized. I challenge formal categorizations of dance (contemporary vs. traditional vs. classical) with a view that, though we carry centuries of culture within us, it is impossible to be an artist living and creating in the present day and develop new work that is not contemporary. Cultural roots need not be seen or experienced as restraints on either the artist or audience: they provide a rich historical and technical grounding from which contemporary expression emanates. At the core of my approach is a desire to program work created by artists who hold this understanding. I aim to share their works with audiences at all levels of fluency in movement languages; and in so doing, to demonstrate how dance has the power to illuminate our collective experiences, regardless of background. It is in this spirit that I welcome you to Uptown Moves!



Season Shows:

Artists in Motion & Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata:
Nov. 16, 2019

Holla Jazz & DJ Andy Williams:
Apr. 2-4, 2020

Nova Dance & Parul Shah Dance Company:
May 30, 2020

Uptown Moves 2019-2020 Season