“Wonderfully absurd”Globe and Mail

“Ingenious Charm”National Post

“Irrestistible Humour”Ottawa Citizen

“Meticulous Choreography”Toronto Star


CORPUS Dance Circus

Arts Outreach Initiative in Ontario Shopping Malls

In the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010, in partnership with local arts presenters and cultural centres, CORPUS traveled to 10 cities across the province to bring arts at the core of the community, in its local shopping mall. This innovative arts outreach project included workshops with local theatre/dance groups, 6 performance in each shopping mall, showcase of at least 1 local artist, and an online platform to share videos and pictures.

Whether it is for a morning walk in winter, for a chat with colleagues in the food court, or for shopping with friends, the mall is the main gathering place for members of small communities throughout Ontario. By presenting free performances in this lively environment, we offered an original twist on the shopping experience. Arts outreach starts with an invitation. This project offered such an invitation and we hope that it left the audience with lasting memories, and the desire to seek more arts presentations.

The company traveled to Peterborough, Cornwall, Pembroke, North Bay, Sault Sainte Marie, Timmins, Orillia, Kapuskasing, Chapleau and Sudbury.

We would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Without the support of these institutions, this project would not have been possible.