Dasein Dance Theatre presents FLUX 2013 at the Palace Theatre

London’s Dasein Dance Theatre presents FLUX 2013, an evening of original, contemporary dance, March 23 at The Palace Theatre.

  Lacey Smith in Unsettled Dust
  Photo by Katie Nicole Evans

“There’s a huge void of professional dance here,” says Dasein Dance Theatre founder Lacey Smith, a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School’s dance program in Toronto. “My niche is modern, contemporary dance,” she notes. “I wanted to bring what I love to this city.”

Smith (pictured to the right) first launched FLUX in 2007 to bring her work and that of other Canadian choreographers to the London stage.

Now in its third incarnation, the March event features When Aquamarine, a new work by Toronto-based choreographer Andrea Nann, performed by Toronto’s Tyler Gledhill and Smith, as well as the world premiere of The Silent, choreographed by Smith and performed by Toronto’s Danielle Baskerville and Melody Ichimura and Vancouver-based Kate Franklin. 

“I’ve been creating this work for around two years,” says Smith, who often draws inspiration from historical events. “This piece is set in Dresden the night of the bombing in 1945. It’s about three women and their experiences.”

Emergence, another original work choreographed by Smith rounds out the program. It will be performed by four local dancers.

Emergence dancers Brandy Ostrosser, Whitney Mah, Hannah Goldberg

Smith was pleasantly surprised by the interest generated by FLUX 2007 and 2010. “There was about a 40 per cent increase in audience between the first and second events, so I’m hoping this year will reach even more people,” she says.

Smith will be presenting the FLUX 2013 program to local schoolchildren in addition to the March 23 public performance at the Palace Theatre.

“There are so many dance programs in this city, so for kids who are interested in dance – whether as a career or not – it’s great for them to see someone being successful without having to leave London,” she comments.

Eventually, Smith hopes to turn FLUX into a fully-fledged dance festival that showcases performers from across North America.

“Just come and enjoy the show,” she advises those who may be unfamiliar with the art form. “Give yourself permission not to try and connect on an intellectual level. Dance is something that resonates in your bones. It’s a sharing of an energy, and an experience that is greater than you.”

[Editor's Note: Writer Meg Pirie sits down for some Q&A with Dasein Dance Theatre founder Lacey Smith in the SPRING 2013 issue of The Beat Magazine.]

If You Go:

What: FLUX 2013 – An Evening of Contemporary Dance
When: Saturday, March 23 @ 8 pm
Where: The Palace Theatre (710 Dundas Street East)
Tickets: $22 at The Palace Theatre Box Office / www.palacetheatre.com

To learn more about Dasein Dance Theatre, visit

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