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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Robert Desrosiers to launch his new company at fund-raising event at The King Edward Hotel

FEBRUARY 6, 2013 - TORONTO– Robert Desrosiers renowned Canadian choreographer and dancer, will launch his new company Desrosiers Dance Projects at an inaugural fundraising event, on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, in the Grand Foyer of The King Edward Hotel, which marks its 110th anniversary this year.

Hosted by photographer and patron V. Tony Hauser, this event will kick off Mr. Desrosiers’ new company, slated to open a new season in the fall of 2014.

The evening’s performance will feature Robert Desrosiers dancing a solo piece accompanied by the virtuoso cellist Anne Bourne.  The evening will also feature dancers Robert Glumbeck and Megumi Kokuba in a new duet choreographed by Desrosiers to Rachmaninoff’s Alleluia from Vespers.
A new solo by Marie Lambin will also be featured.
As the Artistic Director and principal creator of the former Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Desrosiers has frequently breathed his magical trademark dance language into various companies such as The National Ballet of Canada (“Blue Snake”), Ballet Jorgen and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  The choreographer’s work has also been featured in such diverse endeavors as Robert Altman’s renowned film on dance. “The Company,” starring Canadian actress Neve Campbell.

“I am very excited to begin this new project,” said Desrosiers,  “The opportunity to work again with great Canadian dancers, such as Robert Glumbeck, has inspired me to launch my new company Desrosiers Dance Projects.”

The evening of March the 5th will be augmented by an especially curated exhibition featuring interpretive dance photography by V. Tony Hauser, with whom Desrosiers has collaborated throughout the respective and coinciding careers of both the choreographer and the photographer.

Hauser is dedicating an exhibition of his vintage platinum and silver prints as well as contemporary carbon pigment prints depicting images that were either created or inspired by Desrosiers’ dance works. 

In addition, the Niv Fichman film of Desrosiers’ ballet “Blue Snake” and Leonard Cohen’s “I am a Hotel” in which Desrosiers is featured will be played in the Studio during the evening. 
Tickets for the fundraising evening are $75 each with proceeds to the Desrosiers Dance Projects future works.

About The King Edward Hotel
Built in 1903 by Toronto’s then-richest man, George Gooderham, The King Edward Hotel offers 298 guest rooms, 21,000 sq. ft. of refined meeting space and the Royal Club Lounge for premium services with select guestrooms.  The hotel’s guest register reads like a who’s who of politics, royalty, music, writing, business and sport, ranging from one-time resident Ernest Hemingway and headline couples like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, to the Beatles, Britney Spears and David Beckham.  Signature King Edward Hotel experiences include one of Toronto’s most lavish Sunday brunches, afternoon tea service and getaway package partnerships with many of the city’s leading cultural destinations.  For information and reservations visit www.thekingedwardhotel.com.

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