Emma Bartolomucci: A graduate of the Canadian Dance Company and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, becoming an artist has been a lifelong journey. She has had the privilege of working with many international entertainment companies, performing in a variety of theatrical productions all across the globe. At the age of 31, she has been to 32 countries and through her travels has made an effort to better understand the world and its inequities. Alongside her artistic endeavours, her passion for climate justice and environmentalism has been ongoing. Over the past two years she was able to complete two courses: "Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities" from Lund University in Sweden and "Political and Moral Foundations" from Yale University. She has participated and volunteered for many climate change and social justice organizations with Friday's For Future, 350 Canada, Not Another Black Life, Stop Highway 413, Every Child Matters, Black Lives Matter, Juneteenth, Banking on a Better Future and Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction. Currently, she is in creation of her theatrical multimedia dance piece called THE FOURTH R: reduce, reuse, recycle, Revolutionize. This high energy, musically driven presentation is meant to impact school students and young people to demand for climate justice and the team hopes to operate the show for the next five years.
Previous work and credits: She has choreographed musical theatre (Shrek, Dora the Explorer, Hair, Seussical the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Fame, Little Women LOT/FirstActProd) and children's touring theatre (Little Red Theatre). She has choreographed music videos for Juno award winning Splash n' Boots and with production company Yeah! Films for Canadian bands Seaway and Pin Up. Her work has been shown at festivals like Fever After Dark with Jerome Bobb and Bazaar. She has taught dance, musical theatre and scene study with several different Toronto based companies including York University and Ryerson School of Performance Summer Intensives. This has led her to hold a position with UMCA Rich Tree Academy as the elementary drama teacher, teaching dance and drama with an environmental focus to grades 1-4. Her work with the bold indie theatre company, Echo Productions, has given her the chance to choreograph stories like, Bonnie and Clyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dog Sees God and Charles Manson: Son of Man. She has performed contracts in Newfoundland, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Yukon Territory and has toured across the United States (Hair National Tour-Starvox Ent.), Europe (Hair European Tour), Maritimes Canada (The Great Big Boo) and South America (Norwegian Cruise Line). In 2018, she launched her independent dance company, Dance Fachin with their premiere work, Worldly Women. Worldly Women is a story about the different kinds of oppression women face around the globe. The show won the prestigious Jury's Choice Award (Ottawa Fringe) and Patron's Pick Award (Island Fringe). In early 2019, she performed in the first regional production (since it's run on Broadway) of An American in Paris with Arizona Broadway Theatre. There she was in the female ensemble, singing, dancing and en pointe. She has been dancing in various music videos with MMEntertainment including Jassa Dhillion's video PYAR HOGYA which has over 14 million views.
Mireya Poon Young: Mireya is an Ottawa born, and newly Toronto based artist. She has trained technically for several years at Capital City Dance, in Ottawa, under the leadership of Michael Falcucci and Gabriel Wolinsky. She has also trained extensively at a young age with respected teacher and choreographer, Tressa Wilson. Mireya is currently a dance performance student at Centennial College where she trains under the leadership of well respected teacher, choreographer, performer and creative director, Celestine Eagle. Mireya has also studied Global Performing Arts at Algonquin College. Last April, Mireya originated this role in The Fourth R and is so happy to be back performing with the company once again.
Sharazade Vahid: Sharazade is a Toronto based mover and teacher. She trained at The National Ballet School of Canada in their Associates program for 8 years before finding her way to Swansea School of Dance where she continued dancing while also attending Etobicoke School of the Arts as a dance major. Sharazade graduated in 2017 and moved to Winnipeg, MB to continue her dance education at The School of Contemporary Dancers. In 2021 she graduated with her BAHonours in Dance and has been based in Toronto since. She has been lucky enough to perform in works by a plethora of Canadian choreographers including Jolene Bailie, Jera Wolfe, Harold Rheaume, Bill Evans, Davida Monk, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Stephanie Ballard , Brent Lott, Odette Heyn, Sylvain Lafortune, and Casmiro Nuhissi. Recently she had the privilege of performing a new work by Christy Stoeten presented by Public Energy in Peterbourough, ON (2021) as well as performing in Winnipeg Women Dancing (2020), WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative (2019), New Dance Horizons Stream of Dance festival (2019), WCD’s Verge: Remembering Rachel Brown (2019), NAfro Dance Productions: Return of the Dead (2018), The 40 Dancer Project presented by the New Blue Festival (2018) and Stephanie Ballard and Dancers Landscape Dancing. She is beyond excited to be making her Dance Fachin debut!
A Special Thanks to our Contributors:
Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts
City Centre Dance
dancED Movement Project
Lou & Vivian Fachin
Mary Ann Cantelmi
Visual Designer: Airian McLeish
Airian McLeish is a Toronto based projectionist and archivist who has worked for dozens of film festivals in Toronto over the past 10 years (including Rendezvous with Madness-which took place in this very theatre!, TIFF, Toronto After Dark, Hot Docs etc.). He has dedicated himself to his role as head film revisor at Tiff Bell Lightbox responsible for inspecting and preserving archival film material for all of their screenings. He is immensely passionate about the medium of film and an advocate for all things celluloid. Aside from his work in motion picture exhibition he's also a photographer who continues to shoot in a continued effort to celebrate the expressive qualities of film. His work for Dance Fachin includes shooting dynamic promotional photo, video and creating all the company's graphic designs. @goodcommercialart
Sabrina Casanova graduated from Ottawa University's Theatre program. She enjoys a wide variety of roles in theatre including producing, directing, assisting, stage managing and social media coordinating. Her work has been shown at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in 2019. She is excited to be taking part in the collaboration and management of The Fourth R and can’t wait to bring it to more audiences.
Shreyas Batra is a graduate from Ottawa University Theatre program, Shreyas has worked with Dance Fachin for several projects. He stage managed the company's debut work Worldly Women in 2019 and 2021. He has also performed in various concept videos for the company. Currently he is studying nursing.