A black woman stands in front of a blurred street. The sides of her head are shaved, and her full curly hair falls to one side of her head. She wears a black wrap top with a V-neck.
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From The Top

posted July 26th, 2021

new commission by SYREETA HECTOR

Syreeta Hector (Tkaronto/Toronto) returns to her Atlantic roots to epxlor personal and performative identities along with her connection to land and space in a new quartet, From The Top. This ensemble piece will examine the roots that connect us to our family histories, and considers what we inherit from our ancestors and the landscape of Eastern Canada. A highly physical work, the piece will delve into the essential elements of human conversation and celebrate the potential of how unique identities can create a cohesive voice.

Syreeta performs alongside collaborators Susanne Chui, Sara Hopkin, and I'thandi Munro, exploring the oppositional pulls that come along with these layers of the self, and how we decide to bring it all to the table or leave a part of oneself behind. Questions like: Who am I? Where are we today? What do we do in order to move forward? will all be considered in this new work. Premiering in Mocean's 20th Anniversary Mainstage Production, Fluid Forms, live at Alderney Landing Theatre April 8 + 9, 2022.



About Syreeta Hector:

Syreeta Hector is a dance artist and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As a highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies like Adelheid Dance Projects, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She is a proud graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University. Currently, her award winning solo called Black Ballerina is touring across Canada. This season Syreeta is one of the choreographer’s in residence with Toronto Dance Theatre’s Pilot Projects, and is part of the Creative Incubator Program at the Citadel + Compagnie. At this time, Syreeta is choreographing three new dance creations. She has been commissioned by Mocean Dance (Nova Scotia) and ProArteDanza (Ontario) to create ensemble works. She is also currently supported by the Concept to Realization Program at the Canada Council for the Arts to create a new work which will act as the second chapter in her Black Ballerina series. Website: syreetahector.com

Photo credit: David Leyes