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Evoque, Passions Deep Within

April 12, 2013

$20 – $40

After twenty years on the Toronto arts scene, COBA continues to innovate on traditional works with its 20th home season production, Évoque, passions deep within. Featuring premiere works by Arsenio Andrade Calderon and BaKari IfaSegun Lindsay, Évoque covers themes of tradition, spirituality, violence and feminism.  

In honour of Calderon’s piece, Red Candle, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to UNESCO in support of their mission to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
Showtimes :
April 11-13, 2013 at 8pm 
April 13, 2013 at 2pm

*warning: contains brief nudity


Lighting Design, Production Management: Arun Srinivasan

Stage Management: Laura Cournoyea

Red Candle (Arsenio Andrade Calderon) – PREMIERE

‘Through this particular work I represent an important social issue that  has been affecting our society. In one way or another  it is not specially the story of one but the story of many.  We have not been focusing on violence and human rights abuses against individuals especially women . This is a worldwide disease…..’

Doption (BaKari I. Lindsay) – PREMIERE

A work that is a vision on spiritual transcendence. It draws heavily on African spiritualism, which dates back centuries but is reflective and responsive to the present. In the Shouter Baptist movement a “doption” is a guttural sound used by baptismal candidates during ritual for spiritual transcendence. This guttural vocal is as much physical as its oral and often moves the initiate to a place of “free will”.

Ancestral Calling (BaKari I. Lindsay)

A call often requires an answer but its the answer that fuels the conversation.  Ancestral calling is a dialogue of self.  Originally commissoined by Les Enfants Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago as part of their 50th anniversay celebrations, Ancestral Calling had its Canadian premiere in 2012 as part of Moonhorse Dance Theatre’s Older & Reckless series.  

Doun Doun Dance (Sis Robin Hibbert)

A playful tribute to Guinea’s spirited ku-ku rhythm and the high-octane stick-drum dancing traditionally performed by women from the Forest Region.  Originally performed only on the djembe, ku-ku is played to mark the end of the harvest festivities and during celebration festivities.


April 12, 2013
$20 – $40


Ada Slaight Hall
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7 Canada
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