Femmes du Feu
Femmes du Feu’s mandate is to develop, explore and promote contemporary circus in Ontario, to help strengthen the contemporary circus community in Toronto and to build new audiences for this growing genre of contemporary circus. Femmes du Feu creates work that blurs the boundaries between circus arts and contemporary dance. Founded by dance artists Holly Treddenick and Lindsay Goodtimes in 2003, Femmes du Feu was joined by co-artistic director Sabrina Pringle in 2006. Sabrina Pringle is now based in Norfolk County.
Since 2007, Femmes du Feu have been actively creating and presenting aerial circus works, researching innovative ways to combine their contemporary dance and choreographic backgrounds with their aerial circus skills. This has included exploring apparatuses such as a bungee in Impossibility (2007), silks in Dive (2009) and trapeze in Tiffany (2010). More recently, Femmes du Feu has invented apparatuses specific to their artistic needs such as the anchor, rope or pole as in The Plank (2010). Femmes du Feu have presented their work at various events including At The Wrecking Ball (2007), The Toronto International Circus Festival (2008), and Hysteria Festival (2009), The London/ Toronto/ Winnipeg Fringe Festivals (2009 & 2010).
In 1999 Femmes du Feu created and produced their first full-length contemporary circus show, Head First, for the London, Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals, winning Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe in Toronto. In 2010, Femmes du Feu created and produced their second full-length production, The Plank to sold out houses at the London, Toronto, and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. The Plank was extremly well received by both audiences and critics, with 5 star reviews, and again winning The Fringe Festival’s Patron’s Pick in Toronto. Most recently Femmes du Feu produced their newest show, Airship for the Rhubarb Festival (2011), also to all sold out shows.
In 2012 Femmes du Feu presented BoB at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival to great success. Airship was remounted and extended to a 60 minute full-length work and presented at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of Queer Pride Toronto and then at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, all to sold out houses.
Femmes du Feu also have several non-performative services. Since 2011 Femmes du Feu have been working with Natasha Danchenko in the producution of Aer Time, a contemporary circus performance series; as well as Aerial Jams, a structured gathering of professional aerial artists to train and skill share. We often work as outside eye to other artists, work in a mentoring role to other aerialists for rigging concepts, and teach beginner to advanced classes.