Syreeta Hector began her career with Toronto Dance Theatre. Here, she spent five seasons with the company collaborating on new performances and remounting the old works of the company. Currently Syreeta splits her time as an independent artist collaborating on new creations along with making her own solo work.
Within her solo called "Black Ballerina" Syreeta shares her experience of being a mixed race (Indigenous, African Canadian, and French) female, and explores her relationship to the classical ballet form. Through movement, she investigates whether it was unconscious systemic racism that led her to practice dance, and invites the audience to question perspectives of our “inclusive” nation.
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Stratford Festival (Ontario), RBC Creators in Residence: Canadian Stage (Ontario), Workspacebrussels, Kaaitheatre (Belgium)
"Unknown Marrow" explores the influence of ancestry, landscape, and language that is within the dancer's blood memory. She investigates the complicated relationship between her ancestors in Nova Scotia as well as examines the fragility and resilience of these peoples. Within the work, she questions the various ways we cope with difficult histories and questions the way we share information about these these complex lineages.
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Kinetic Studio (Nova Scotia)