Balancing on the Edge

New circus and new music collide in boundary pushing, radical circus performances featuring special guest, DJ P-Love and a cast of 40 local artists!

‘Balancing on the Edge’ (BOTE) is a collaborative production between Thin Edge New Music Collective and A Girl in the Sky Productions presented in association with Harbourfront Centre, which will explore via a deeply integrated relationship between contemporary music and contemporary circus arts, the myriad of ways in which modern humanity is precariously balanced on the edge of survival and evolution. BOTE will be presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto on Nov 18 at 8pm and Nov 19th 2pm + 8pm 2016 as part of Harbourfront's NextSteps series. 

Our production will feature the premiere of six collaborative works interpreting what it means to be ‘balancing on the edge’ through innovative new music and new circus performances. Featured circus artists include Rebecca Devi Leonard, Natasha Danchenko, Brandy Leary, Holly Treddenick, Angola Murdoch-Ladder, Diana Lopez, Rebecca Carney, Emily Hughes, Emmanuel Cyr, and Louis Barbier who will showcase a wide range of circus disciplines ranging from Aerial Rock, Fire and ladder to invented apparatus and object manipulation. Our musical programme includes works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, and Montreal-based Nicole Lizée, with world premieres by California-based Scott Rubin and Toronto’s own Nick Storring. BOTE will feature lighting design by Joe Pagnan with live projections by Evan DeRushie and video by Jason J Brown. Balancing on the Edge aims to investigate what it means to be pushed to the limit from a wide range of perspectives through a fascinating synthesis of theatre, dance, multi-media, new music and new circus.

BOTE is presented in association with Harbourfront Centre.

Harbourfront Centre NextSteps Dance Series
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W

November 18th 8pm
November 19th 2pm + 8pm
Ticket Prices: $15,$28,$35

Ticket Prices:$15, $28,$35
(25% discount on groups of 10 or more)*

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*Contact the Harbourfront Centre Box Office for more details: 416-973-4000     
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Circus Artists:

 Musicans:  Video: Jason J Brown

Projections: Evan DeRushie

Lighting Design: Joe Pagnan

Ghost Bicycle Dancers:
Eric Liu, Kelly Mullan, Dana Lerman, Rachel David, Sarah Stark, Jonathan Neville, Hoining Chang, Emma De Bono,  Meagan Gartlanster

Artistic Directors/Curators: Cheryl Duvall, Ilana Waniuk, Rebecca Leonard


Show week is here! When not performing/rehearsing, you can find the BOTE artist family hanging at Boxcar Social! Join us for some amazing coffee, wine, craft beer and bourbon!


Magma (2016) 
Circus Artists: Diana Lopez, Rebecca Carney
Music: Nicole Lizée (b.1973)  Phonographenlieder (2014)
String quartet, piano, percussion, voice, turntablist


Naked to the Sky (2016)
Circus Artists: Manuel Cyr, Louis Barbier

Music: Scott Rubin (b.1989) Naked to the Sky (2016)
Piano, percussion, saxophone, violin, electronics


Underneath (2016)
Circus Artist: Emily Hughes
Projections by Evan DeRushie

Music: Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) Okho (1989)
Percussion trio



Ascension (2016)
Circus Artists: Holly Treddenick, Angola Murdoch
Soprano-Stacie Dunlop 

Music John Cage (1912-1992) Aria & Fontana Mix (1958/1959)
Soprano + tape


Excavating Meaning (2016)
Circus artist: Brandy Leary

Music: Nick Storring (b.1981) Amanhã (2016)
Piano, percussion, saxophone, cello, 2 violins


Ghost Bicycle (2016)
Circus Artist: Rebecca Leonard, Natasha Danchenko
Jason J Brown-video

Music: David Lang (b.1957) Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1993)
Bass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion + 2 antiphonal brake drum


Free Sneak Preview- Nuit Blanche Toronto
October 1st, 7pm-7am
Collective Space, 221 Sterling Rd. Unit #5




Photography: Miklos Legrady
Thin Edge New Music Collective & Balancing on the Edge would like to thank our generous sponsor:

Balancing on the Edge is presented with generous support from:
The Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Harbourfront Centre NextSteps, and Arraymusic.