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Black Ballerina 


With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts along with the Toronto Arts Council, Syreeta explored short versions of this work starting in 2017. The 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. 

During the pandemic, the full length version of this performance was successfully live streamed through the Citadel LIVE and was rebroadcast in the spring of 2021 through the Harbourfront Centre.

Black Ballerina is currently touring across Canada and will be making its European premiere in 2024. 

Creative Team

Creator/Performer: Syreeta Hector 

Movement Dramaturg: Seika Boye 2017-2020

Rehearsal Director/ Movement Dramaturg: Dedra McDermott 2020

Production/Lighting: Helin Gungoren: Noah Feaver

Set Design: Elissa Horscroft, Tristan Goethel, Mary Spyrakis (Courtesy of Canadian Stage)


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

Partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, RBC Canadian Stage Creators’ in Residence, Creative Residency Program through Workspace Brussel, Kaaitheatre in Belgium, York University

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