Full Bloom

Michael Young Theatre

December 14 - 18
Tickets: $29, CADA/students $20

A return engagement of the hit show!
Full Bloom sold out during its original run at the Young Centre early this year. Now the hit dance production is back to dazzle a whole new audience!


"Together these men affirm that the dance of life is something to be waged until the final curtain." - Toronto Star

Kevin O'Day, Luches Huddleston Jr. and Robert Glumbek – all accomplished and dynamic dancers in their 40s – perform a poignant evening of dance, exploring themes of mortality, strength, personal freedom, the male role in dance, and the male role in society. Full Bloom is the personal and intimate journey of three men through the joys of fatherhood, the demands of manhood, and the challenges imposed by physical age.

Read Michael Crabb's full Toronto Star review here >>

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Featuring Kevin O’Day, Luches Huddleston Jr and Robert Glumbek

 

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Robert Glumbek - Choreographer & Performer        
Upon graduation from Bytom State Ballet School in Poland, Robert Glumbek joined The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw as a soloist where he worked with choreographers such as John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Hans van Manen, John Butler, and Constantine Siergiejew. In 1987, Glumbek came to Canada and worked for a variety of companies, including Theatre Ballet of Canada in Ottawa with Larry Gradus; the Judith Marcuse Company in Vancouver and Myth Productions with Learie Nichols. In 1990 he began dancing for Desrosiers Dance Theatre, where he danced for 10 years and was instrumental in the creation of many roles. Glumbek joined National Theatre Mannheim in 2002 as a dancer and ballet master and returned to Canada in 2004 to work as an independent artist and choreographer. Robert has created original work for a wide variety of companies including the Finnish National Theatre, Kevin O’Day-Ballett Mannheim, princess productions, Hamilton Art Gallery and ProArteDanza. In 2005 La Maison de la Culture in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, devoted a full evening to Robert’s work. In April 2008 Robert was awarded the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. A popular guest-teacher, Robert continues to teach locally and internationally.

Luches Huddleston Jr. - Choreographer & Performer
Luches Huddleston, Jr. started dancing at the age of three in his hometown Washington DC. At 18, he received a scholarship at the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He worked and toured with many US companies such as Bill T. Jones, Elisa Monte and Joyce Trisler Dance Company. He went to Europe and worked for dance companies such as the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatstheater Kassel, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and the Opera of Monte Carlo, where he danced for numerous choreographers such as Jean Renshaw, Pierre Wyss, Philippe Talard, Kevin O’Day, Dominique Dumais, Mats Ek and Hans van Manen. As well as working as a guest dancer and choreographer in many European theatres, Luches Huddleston Jr. choreographs and teaches the movement choir for the opera in the Nationaltheater of Mannheim. His current projects are a commissioned work for the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck in Austria and a full-length children’s dance theatre piece for the Schnawwl in Mannheim.

Kevin O’Day - Choreographer & Performer      
Kevin O’Day was born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He received his early dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. After one year, he joined the Joffrey II; the following year he became a member of the main company. In the winter of 1984, O’Day began his long association with choreographer Twyla Tharp. From 1988 to 1991, he was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, where he performed in a variety of featured roles. In 1991 he joined William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, and from 1992 until 1995 he was a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. During that time he appeared frequently as a guest with the New York City Ballet. In 1994 Mikhail Baryshnikov invited O’Day to choreograph a new work for the White Oak Dance Project, marking his choreographic debut. In 1998, in collaboration with composer John King, O’Day formed his own company called O’Day Dances. In 2002, he was appointed artistic director of Kevin O’Day-Ballett Mannheim at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany. In October 2009, O’Day choreographed his 50th ballet, which was simultaneously his first full-length narrative ballet, Hamlet. Based on William Shakespeare’s famous play, O’Day created Hamlet for the Stuttgart Ballet.

Full Bloom

KEVIN O'DAY, LUCHES HUDDLESTON JR.
PHOTO: CHRISTIAN KLEINER.

"An extraordinary dance piece that touches deeply ... three men who are, lustfully and with graceful harmony, just themselves." - Die Rheinpfalz 

"They leave no doubts that they, indeed, are in full bloom...impressive, highly versatile."
- Mannheimer Morgen

"Deeply expressive...experience and skill come together in a wild dance." - Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung