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The Miserere Project

Livestream May 24 - 31 11:59 pm Tickets: Not Currently Available
3 World Premieres

Bright Nights Presents

The Miserere Project
Produced by Danielle Baskerville

On the 41st anniversary of the creation of David Earle’s celebrated masterwork, Miserere, three choreographers have been commissioned to create contemporary responses using Earle’s Miserere as their creative seed. The evening will be comprised of three world premieres by choreographers Same As Sister (S.A.S.), Brodie Stevenson and a film by Penny Couchie, as well as a remount of Earle’s Miserere.

Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus courtesy of ARS NOVA Copenhagen

Run time is approximately 90 minutes with intermission.


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Meet the Artists

Photo of Danielle Baskerville Photo by Andrew Burashko

Danielle Baskerville


Danielle Baskerville, a Canadian-based dance artist, has been engaged in performing, teaching, rehearsal directing and producing for 27 years.

Upcoming work includes co-producing The Miserere Project at The Citadel, a project to honour and challenge the role of repertoire in Canadian contemporary dance, centered around David Earle’s masterwork from 1981 – Miserere.

Photo of David Earle Photo by Michael English

David Earle


David Earle is a Canadian trailblazer, a master choreographer and teacher, and a cultural icon. His dancers are some of the most physically eloquent, powerful, and individual artists in Canada.

Although he is deeply faithful to the philosophies of his greatest teachers, especially Martha Graham & José Limôn, he struck out on his own path immediately after returning to his native country in 1968. Having absorbed New York modernism and dance’s radical postmodern experiments of the 1960’s, and after helping to launch the first two seasons of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre in England, he was now ready to create his own work and so, with Patricia Beatty and Peter Randazzo – Toronto Dance Theatre – went on to twenty-eight years of triumphant international tours. They were adored and sometimes vilified for their provocative sensual theatricality, virtuosity and emotional honesty.

In 1996 David established Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) as a means to support continued creation, preserve his repertoire, and to ‘serve as a forum for younger artists whose concern is the humanity in dance.’

Driven by a desire to create an enduring container for the repertoire and the teaching of his now unique dance language, many dancers have followed David to study and perform, often with live music ensembles, multimedia collaborations, and new creation to contemporary scores.  DtDE has presented more than 60 new works as part of over 130 performances, including commissions from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Soundstreams Canada, NUMUS (Kitchener-Waterloo), the Open Ears Festival, the Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Gryphon Trio. The work of David Earle has a long history and continues to evolve, remaining true to its roots as well as responsive to the world around us.

Photo of Penny Couchie Photo by Redworks Studio Nadya Kwandinbens

Penny Couchie


Penny Couchie (Anishinaabe) is an award-winning arts leader, dancer, actor, choreographer and community engaged artist of Anishinaabe ancestry from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario. Penny is co-founder and co-artistic director of Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous multi-arts company based in her home community. Penny holds an Honors BA from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

In 2016, Penny received the KM Hunter award in Dance. Over the past twenty years Penny has guest taught at schools throughout Canada and the US, including the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Her most recent choreography includes Spiderwoman Theatre’s, Misdemeanor Dream, Abron’s Arts Centre New York, NY, Aanmitaagzi’s latest production, Serpent People, Citadel Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Material Witness, a co-production by Aanmitaagzi and Spiderwoman Theater, LaMama, New York, NY, When Will You Rage? for Planet IndigenUs, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Dances of Resistance, Aanmitaagzi’s multi-year community-engaged dance theatre project and Like An Old Tale for Jumblies Theatre, Toronto.

Photo of Same as Sister (S.A.S.) Photo by Kit Tipley

Same as Sister (S.A.S.)


Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is an award-winning performance collective founded in 2013 by Canadian-American choreographers, Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi.

The sisters, who originate from Toronto, graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and have since performed for international dance and visual artists including Bouchra Ouizguen, Doug Elkins, Phillipa Kaye, Mike Kelley, Jillian Peña, and Candice Breitz. Based in Toronto and NYC, Same As Sister was initiated to make experimental narrative performance accessible to a diverse audience through collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. Their commissions have been presented at venues in the US, Canada, France, Greece, and Italy including Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle); Danspace Project (NYC); BRIC Arts | Media House (NYC); New York Live Arts (NYC); Dancemakers Centre for Creation (Toronto); Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (Marnay-sur-Seine); Kinitiras (Athens); Libreria d’Arte Contemporanea (Forlì); MOMus – State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki); and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia (Kalamáta). S.A.S. was an Alternate and Finalist for the Jerome Foundation’s 2021-22 and 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship (Dance) and is the recipient of a Queens Council on the Arts’ 2020 Queens Arts Fund New Work Grant (Multi-Discipline); a New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship (Choreography); and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2017 Emergency Grant (Dance).


Photo of Brodie Stevenson Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

Brodie Stevenson


Brodie Stevenson was born in the village of Wuikinuxv on British Columbia’s central coast and now calls Tkaronto/Toronto his home. As an independent dancer Stevenson has worked with a wide range of choreographers, most recently, Allison Cummings, Denise Fujiwara, D.A Hoskins, Laurence Lemieux and Sashar Zarif. 

Since 2008 Stevenson has been creating and performing as part of the award winning trio, Throwdown Collective. He is a Dora Award nominated performer and with Throwdown Collective a recipient for outstanding choreography.  From 2008 – 2014 Stevenson was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he performed in original works by Artistic Director Christopher House and also for guest choreographers such as Lina Cruz, Deborah Hay and Heidi Strauss.

Show Credits

Choreographer: David Earle
Performers: Anh Nguyen, Bee Pallomina, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Evadne Kelly, Robert Kingsbury

Choreographer: Same As Sister (S.A.S.)
Live Performers: Leigh Atwell, Hilary Brown-Istrefi, Briana Brown-Tipley, Michael Caldwell, Kristina Hay, Jamie Robinson
Video Performers: ALEXA GRÆ, Annie Wang, Jessie Young
Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau

Choreographer: Penny Couchie
Performers: Penny Couchie, Sid Bobb, Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey, Michaela Washburn, Christine Friday

Choreographer: Brodie Stevenson
Performers: Tyra Temple-Smith, Connor Mitton, Irvin Chow, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Drew Berry

Lighting Designer: Noah Feaver
Lighting Design Assistant: Mathilda Kane
Stage Manager: Marianna Rosato

Artist Notes

I am very excited and intrigued by Danielle Baskerville’s Miserere Project.

Danielle and I have worked together for a quarter of a century, and she has been a principal source of inspiration for me throughout that time.

Offering a substantial work as the motivation for creative response seems to me to be a unique approach to stimulating choreographic growth. I was fortunate to see many strong works by such luminaries as Martha Graham and José Limon in my first years as a creator.

I am anxious to see new works launched by one that seems unique in our art form. It isn’t necessarily that similar qualities will appear – it may inspire its opposite.

Bringing the Miserere, and the new works it inspires, before the public could be an opening for many into the nature of dance as communication.

– David Earle

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