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"Choreo-xperience Public Spaces" Dancer Takeover with Mushtari Afroz


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Starting Outside Pickering Public Library

1 The Esplanade South

Pickering, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Discover Creative in Residence Mushtari Afroz for a Dancer Takeover engaging and interacting with Pickering's Esplanade Park and beyond.

Registration for this event is not required, but participation is based on a first come first serve basis. Please register to get a reminder before the event!

Date: September 23rd, 2023

Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Location: The Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade, Pickering

Venue Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, Washrooms located in Pickering Public Library. Free parking lot located on Esplanade South.

About the Program:

Mushtari Afroz is a classical dancer trained in the North Indian classical dance form called ‘Kathak,’ and is director of the Kathak Bandi Dance Collective. For her project, Mushtari will work with dancers to surprise and engage the audience through a series of dance performances that will interact with Pickering’s public spaces and invite public participation. The project will raise awareness of the importance of these shared spaces as gathering points and places of pride within diverse communities.

About the Artist:

Mushtari Afroz is a dancer and choreographer based in Pickering. She has trained in the North Indian classical dance form ‘Kathak’ and has been practising within the South Asian diaspora since the early 2000s following her immigration to Canada from Bangladesh. Mushtari continues to train in various contemporary dance, martial arts and performance styles. In 2016, Mushtari established her dance collective ‘Kathak Bandi’ which through collaboration with Canadian musicians and performance artists, has created and presented original works for the stage in Canada and the US. While she continues to create work for the stage, she is gradually carving out a new path off-stage through choreographic interventions in public spaces. This experimentation investigates the relationship between the human body and built urban environments.


This program is a part of the Creatives In Residence series by Ontario Culture Days.



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