Black Ballerina  

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.

Creative Team

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