The premise for Black Ballerina began as an idea in 2017. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council, Syreeta explored short versions of this work through residencies like the RBC Canadian Stage Creators’ in Residence, along with the Creative Residency Program through Workspace Brussels and the Kaaitheatre in Belgium.
This short work in progress solo gained recognition at the SummerWorks Festival in 2019 and won the Stratford Festival Lab Award for Research and Creation. During that same year Syreeta was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual from her performance at the Citadel Dance Mix.
Most recently, the full length version of this performance was successfully live streamed through the Citadel LIVE. Black Ballerina is set to be rebroadcast in the spring of 2021 through the Harbourfront Centre.
Creator/Performer: Syreeta Hector
Movement Dramaturg: Seika Boye 2017-2020
Rehearsal Director/ Movement Dramaturg: Dedra McDermott 2020
Production: Helin Gungoren
Lighting Design: Noah Feaver
Set Design: Elissa Horscroft, Tristan Goethel, Mary Spyrakis (Courtesy of Canadian Stage)
Technical Direction: Andrew McCormack
Sound Design: Germaine Liu and Mark Zurawinski
Music: Marie Davidson, Richard Reed Parry, Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Red, Germaine Liu, XRNA, Mark Zurawinski
Costume Alterations: Kleanthi Markakis
Outside Eye/ Film Editor: J. Adam Brown