Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summer Intensive 2017 in Toronto

Spend this summer in Toronto dancing, creating and performing with Ismailova Theatre of Dance!

This two week intensive course is aimed at dance or theatre students who are passionate about entering professional world of performing arts. 

Students will learn contemporary dance, contemporary ballet, floor work, improvisation and physical theatre through rigorous workshops and rehearsals.

Students will be able to participate in creation and production of a full-length showcase. They will learn about different components of a show (creation, rehearsals, lighting, sound, different roles in production etc.). Purpose of the intensive is to prepare students for work in professional dance or theatre environment. 

After founding in 2009, Ismailova Theatre of Dance quickly proved itself one of the most unique independent companies on Toronto’s stage. Its approach to blending dance and theatre continues to move and inspire audiences. After six sold-out productions we are happy to offer our second Summer intensive led by award-winning choreographer Merey Ismailova.

Audition age groups: 
8 years old - 13 years old 
13 years - 18 years old 
18 years old and above

After audition selected students will be divided according to their level: professional/preprofessional, beginner/intermediate. 

Fees: this intensive is for selected students by scholarship only, students will have to audition to get in. 

Intensive dates:
August 12th - August 28th 2017
Monday - Thursday (10 am - 3 pm), Saturday and Sunday (12 am - 5 pm)
No classes on Fridays
Casting rehearsal: August 6th, 2017

To see what Ismailova Theatre of Dance’s work looks like please watch trailers of past productions below:

Blue Lantern trailer from Merey Ismailova on Vimeo.

To apply (or for more information) please send a short bio outlining your experience in dance or physical theatre. Please also indicate your experience in music, theatre and vocal. Please send in a dance or movement video reel or a rehearsal/performance/class video if available. Email: ismtheatreofdance (at) gmail (dot) com

There will also be a Foundations program for community members and beginners who will be able to participate part-time or full-time
and learn foundations of dance. Foundations program doesn't require prerequisite.

Intensive is supported by the Toronto Arts Council and Artreach Toronto.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Little Mermaid

Tickets will be available at the door for all performances. Tickets are also still available on the web-site below. Beware of the Nuit Blache road closures on Queen St West between Younge and Spadina.

Ismailova Theatre of Dance presents a physical theatre adaptation of H. C. Andersen's THE LITTLE MERMAID.  
An engaging story of a young mermaid willing to give up the life she knows for her beloved prince. A heart-rending fable of love, sacrifice and hope. Ismailova Theate of Dance's unique style breathes life into the characters and captivates our imaginations. Featuring original music and choreography by local talent, this new telling of a classic fairytale will reignite the magic in the hearts of all. Watch video below.
The show will be equally enjoyed by adults and children.

October 1st - 8pm
October 2nd - 2 pm and 7 pm
at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre (Pia Bouman School), 6 Noble St

Advanced: $20 - adult / $15 - child until 13 years old / under 5 years old - free
At the door: $25 - adult / $20 - child until 13 years old / under 5 years old - free

To purchase advanced adult or child tickets please click on one of the Buy Now buttons below (0.95 fee applies). You will be able to buy using your credit card or a Pay Pal account. 
Before clicking on the button, please don't forget to choose the correct date, time and a type of ticket.

ADULT tickets:

Choose date and time

CHILD tickets:

Date, time and location

Friday, July 15, 2016

Eleven is a physical theatre production based on 11 poems. The original score and intense emotional choreography, created for each poem, will transport you to different places around the world: from Canada to Uruguay, from Israel to Russia, from Spain to India, and from Kazakhstan to Japan.

The poems are about love, grief, destructive passion, growing up, immigration, past and new beginnings and unexpected gifts of life. 

Mary Oliver, Wystan Hugh Auden, Federico Garcia Lorca, Joseph Brodsky, Mario Benedetti, Saigyo, Marina Tsvetaeva, Gulzar, Olzhas Suleimenov, Nikolai Zabolotsky and others.

August 20 - 8 pm at Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 6 Noble St
August 21 - 6 pm at Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 6 Noble St

August 22 - 8 pm at Yorkwoods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave W

Advanced: $20 - adult / $15 - child until 13 years old / under 3 years old - free
At the door: $25 - adult / $20 - child until 13 years old / under 3 years old - free

To purchase advanced adult or child tickets please click on one of the Buy Now buttons below (0.95 fee applies). You will be able to buy using your credit card or a Pay Pal account. 
Before clicking on the button, please don't forget to choose the correct date, time, show venue and a type of ticket.

ADULT tickets:

Choose date, time, location

CHILD tickets:
Date, time and location
Poster graphics and design: Polina Radtchenko, RAD Caricatures

Monday, May 18, 2015

Till We Have Faces comes to North York

Till We Have Faces is back for one more show only!

After overwhelming response to the run of Till We Have Faces in May, we decided to add one more show and bring the production to North York neighbourhoods.

June 6th - 2 pm 

If you missed the show in May, read the reviews below and come out to see it while you still have a chance. This will be the last one.

"Very sensual and sincere. Highly recommended". Sergiy Kovalyuh, audience member.

"This is local, this is real, and this is very romantic and moving". David Ng, audience member.

"This was such an amazing production! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. ... I really felt as tough I could relate to underlying themes and messages to my life right now. Was very moving... My soul really needed it". 
Brendan Edwards, audience member.

Early Summer, Ismailova Theatre of Dance presents "Till We Have Faces", based on the renowned novel by C. S. Lewis, a rendition of the Greek myth Psyche and Cupid. In this tale, Cupid falls in love with the princess Psyche and wants her to be his bride. Psyche, allured by love, takes a vow to never look upon his face. However, Psyche's sisters, Orual and Redival, envy and persuade her to use a lantern to see the face of her new husband. Lewis makes an unusual twist and tells this mythological story though the eyes of the older sister, Orual. The story unfolds layers of unexpected turns and suspense that never leaves us until the end. Each character has a driven motivation, from the humans to the Gods - for good or evil.

Betrayal, guilt, high stake decisions, sacrifice, love, and beautiful music all told through signature styles of dance and physical theatre. Ismailova Theatre of Dance's "Till We Have Faces" will have you captivated from start to finish.


June 6th, Saturday - 2 pm
York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave W

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Children under 12 years old:
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Children under 3: free

The show will feature opening number by RSA Dance Ensemble.

Show rated PG. 

Media sponsors: Russian Canadian Info, Russian Toronto LifeГазета Плюс, Люба Черная и Канадский Курьер, Карусель, Наша Канада, Bronn Media Corp., Russian Express, Samovar journal, Casa Maiz Latin American community cultural centre, НЕдельная газета

Photo credit:  Alexos Koorales

Monday, May 4, 2015

Order CD with the original soundtrack of the Till We Have Faces show!

The music was composed by a young promising musician Marisha Ismailova. She is only 19 years old!
Ismailova Theatre of Dance is happy to open young talents!

You can order CD's by pressing Buy Now button below. CD will be mailed to you via Canada Post.

Support Ismailova Theatre of Dance and own a little piece of the Till We Have Faces!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ismailova Theatre of Dance presents
Till We Have Faces,

based on a novel by C. S. Lewis "Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold" 

In a world where women have no power, Orual, a princess, must confront the world of humans and Gods to save her beloved little sister Psyche, from the evil Priest who has plotted to sacrifice her to the Gods. Bear witness to the unexpected trials Orual must endure to save her little sister and the Kingdom. Even the Gods will interfere, but for good or evil? 

May 2nd - 8 pm
May 3rd - 3 pm & 8 pm
Scotiabank Studio Theatre at the Pia bowman School of Ballet
6 Noble St

Note: show is rated PG. Some fighting and violence.

Russian Toronto Life, Russian Canadian Info

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Ismailova Theatre of Dance company is looking for male and female dancers or actors who can dance for upcoming shows including a new full-length dance/physical theatre production to be presented on May 2nd at 8 pm and May 3rd at 3 pm and 8 pm at Pia Bouman Studio Theatre in 2015.

Audition date: Wednesday, January 7th, 6 pm.
If accepted, rehearsals will start immediately.

Dancers and actors must be committed, have professional attitude and be available to rehearse 2 times a week (Sunday evening and Monday or Wednesday evening).
Any dance background is welcome, but must be willing to perform different dance styles including contemporary, contact improv, jazz, ballroom, traditional folk.

Ismailova Theatre of Dance was founded in April 2009. It brings theatre and dance together to express sincere feelings, tell real stories and show touching characters through original choreography. The work of dance theatre is narrative and focused on filling dance with meaning.
Ismailova Theatre of Dance regularly performs on various stages of Toronto and Ontario including its sold out full length physical theatre productions Blue Lantern (2014), Wings (2012), Toyland (2011), My Last Teacher (2010) and Behind the Door (2011).

All auditionees should visit company's blog to watch videos of it's past work and read the information about it's philosophy and mandate:

Email us at with your contact information (cell number), artistic resume and a short artistic bio. We will send you the location details.

There is a separate call to dancers and actors who can dance under age of 18. Please email with the subject JUNIOUR AUDITIONS.