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.
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