APAP 2013

Spotlight on our APAP artists!

2b theatre company | Bboyizm | Mocean Dance | Dinuk Wijeratne | Zuppa Theatre Co.

When It Rains. Artists: Francine Deschepper & Conor Green. Photo – Nick Rudnicki

See 2b perform its hit production When it Rains at La MaMa in NYC Jan 10-20 2013.
2b theatre company strives to stimulate the mind and to awaken the spirit by producing theatre that is vital, innovative and challenging. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2b theatre company creates, develops, and presents works for the regional, national and international stages. Artistic co-directors Christian Barry and Anthony Black share a commitment to create, develop, and produce new work that is distinguished by innovation in staging, polish in design, and virtuosity in performance. Now in its 13th season, 2b has toured productions to Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, New York, Nashville, and across Canada. Visit 2b’s website.

Bboyizm founder Crazy Smooth (Yvon Soglo)

Crazy Smooth (Yvon Soglo). Photo – Jonathan Maher

Bboyizm, led by artistic director and choreographer-dancer Crazy Smooth, is a dance company mandated to promote and preserve the foundation, authenticity, and true essence of all street dances. The artistic philosophy of the company is based on the idea that a dancer’s self-expression is paramount,  our motto being: Dance to express! Not to impress. Bboyizm brings this philosophy to all of its services: dance classes, workshops, street dance history lessons, and performances. Visit Bboyizm’s website.


Our Unfortunate Deaths. Photo – Holly Crooks

Our Unfortunate Deaths. Photo – Holly Crooks

Mocean Dance, founded in 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is recognized nationally as a leading company from the Atlantic region. Working with both locally and nationally renowned choreographers, Mocean brings together talented artists to create exciting new work that is rooted in collaborative process, stretches physical and emotional boundaries and finds authenticity. Mocean has produced and presented new shows annually, and is also dedicated to community outreach and the development of future audiences through performances, residencies, school events, workshops, informal showings and discussions. Visit Mocean’s website.


Dinuk Wijeratne photo

Dinuk Wijeratne. Photo – Michelle Doucette

Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne is one of Canada’s most distinctive composer/performers. His work sees him equally at home in an impressive variety of genres and contexts, following the success of critically acclaimed large-scale compositions such as Tabla Concerto, Qawwali Party, and Brazil, January 1, 1502. The common thread is a quest for cultural synthesis. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. A second Carnegie appearance followed in 2009, alongside Zakir Hussain. Dinuk grew up in Dubai and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Visit Dinuk’s website.

"Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)" Photo – Scott Munn

Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world). Photo – Scott Munn

Zuppa Theatre Co. is an ensemble theatre company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company is driven by a core group of artists developing original performances in collaboration with like-minded individuals from related disciplines. Every Zuppa show is a ride through wild visions, genres, familiar stories and the unknown; the experiences, thoughts and inclinations of the lead artists determine the landscape. The company has developed a unique collaborative process that favours the intuitive over the formulaic and thrives on the play between the imagined and the real. At the heart of each show is the restless spirit of the actor. Visit Zuppa’s website.