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Arts Orillia bringing 'genre-blending' performance to town

Premiere of Heirloom, 'a fusion of juggling, contemporary circus, dance,' presented by Fall for Dance North, will be premiering at Leacock Museum

Fall for Dance North, in partnership with Arts Orillia, presents the premiere of its striking outdoor performance series, Heirloom, at the Leacock Museum (50 Museum Dr.) at 12 p.m. on Sept. 22.

This whimsical and genre-blending performance choreographed by Zack Martel and Santiago Rivera (Montréal) features a fusion of juggling, contemporary circus, dance and is set to a creative arrangement of familiar compositions from the Royal Conservatory musicians Daniel Hamin Go (cello), Michael Bridge (accordion) and Brad Cherwin (clarinet).

“Fall for Dance North is thrilled to be premiering its acclaimed outdoor performance series, Heirloom, in partnership with Arts Orillia,” says Ilter Ibrahimof, artistic director of Fall for Dance North.

“The series was originally launched in communities across Ontario in September 2021, born out of our creative necessity due to indoor gathering restrictions dictated by the global pandemic. Now back for its second year — and exciting premiere in Orillia — the series has grown into an inspirational performance series that we are all incredibly proud to be a part of," said Ibrahimof.

"We are overjoyed to bring a new highly imaginative, full-length performance that promises to delight the senses on the beautiful grounds of the Leackock Museum.”

Kate Hilliard, creative director for Arts Orillia, is delighted to welcome Fall for Dance North back to our community for a second season of world-class dance.

“It’s these sorts of experiences that shape a young person’s future reception to culture — an opportunity like this can provide a lifelong relationship with the arts. We warmly welcome all audience members from our community, but we’re very proud to hold space for elementary students through our ongoing work with local school boards.”

Bursting with colourful curiosity, the Heirloom premiere of In Blue Rooms blurs the lines of theatrical performance, circus arts, and dance to illustrate the familiar ebb and flow of separation and coming together. Featuring four accomplished jugglers and dancers from Montréal, the work boasts live music performed by a musical trio. It’s a collaborative and witty conversation between music and movement.

See performance details here.

This year, Fall for Dance North will offer a new pay-what-you-can model for Heirloom. To purchase tickets and to learn more, visit



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