The Beautiful Aftermath of World After Dark by Shannon Litzenberger

World After Dark's World Premiere is still resonating for me after four wonderful performances at Harbourfront Centre Theatre last week.

On behalf of the whole cast and creative team, THANK YOU to everyone who came to see this new work emerge on stage. It was a huge (epic!) creative effort by all involved. We were all delighted by the warm and enthusiastic audiences that filled the house each night. Your feedback has been inspiring.

If you missed it, check out these commentaries by dance critics Susan Walker (Walker Arts Blog) and Martha Schabas (Globe and Mail) or explore the inspirations for World After Dark in these lovely preview articles by Paula Citron (Intermission Magazine)David Bateman (Bateman Reviews) and especially Arpita Ghosal (Sesaya.com)

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Inside The Creative Process by Shannon Litzenberger

My interest in making a work about night is inspired, in part, by the prairie skies of my Saskatchewan homeland.

In the summer of 2014 I visited the Grasslands National Park (pictured above) near Val Marie, Saskatchewan where I was engaged in a period of artistic research about dance and landscape. I discovered that this corner of our country is home to the darkest of only 14 remaining dark sky preserves in Canada – a place where the sky is uninfluenced by artificial light.

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2018: A Retrospective by Shannon Litzenberger

2018 was a year of significant creative output for me. As I reflect on the year that was, I am thinking a lot about creative development, art-making and artistic opportunity.

When I'm immersed in the creative process, I'm reminded of how little I know about anything. It's hard work. Creative challenges can quickly become personal, triggering fear and self-doubt. Everything goes wrong before it goes well. It's exhilarating, terrifying and takes a Sisyphean effort.

As I come closer to the premiere of World After Dark, all of these feelings are very present! This year has been a roller coaster of challenges and victories. 

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Introducing The World After Dark Creative Team by Shannon Litzenberger

At 5:23pm tomorrow, December 21st, we will experience the apex of the 2018 Winter Solstice - the moment when Earth's axis is at its maximum tilt away from the sun. The moment when we experience the shortest day and the longest night. For me, it is a poetic moment to be wrapping up another rich rehearsal period in preparation for my new production (coming up March 6-9 at Harbourfront Centre!)

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