Ben Gorodetsky, Lucy Rupert, Pulga Muchochoma

Ben Gorodetsky is a Ukrainian-Canadian performer, writer, and producer. Ben’s theatre and movement work has been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, The Tank NYC, Mile Zero Dance, Brian Webb Dance Company, Expanse Festival of Movement Arts, Rubaboo Festival, Guelph Dance Festival, SpringWorks, and the Gas Station Arts Centre. He was the 2022 Artist-in-Residence at the Guelph Dance Festival, is the director and curator of Pinch Cabaret, and is the former Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre. Ben has performed, taught, and directed improvisation at The Magnet Theatre (NYC), Out of Bounds Comedy (Austin), UCB (LA), Highwire Comedy (Atlanta), English Lovers (Vienna), IGLU (Ljubljana), FERIIR (Reunion Island), Bad Dog (Toronto), and Blind Tiger (Vancouver). He is a winner of the Anna Pidruchney Young Writers Award and nominee for a Canadian Comedy Award in Improv. Ben has taught at UWaterloo, UBC Okanagan, holds an MFA from Brooklyn College-CUNY and a BFA from the University of Alberta.

Lucy Rupert is a dancer, choreographer, art-science researcher, and artistic director of Blue Ceiling dance. As primary choreographer for Blue Ceiling, she has created and produced over two dozen works of contemporary dance and multidisciplinary performance. For the last decade, Lucy has been researching and exploring the intimate connection between scientific and artistic processes through interviews, lab visits, Art+Science events and artistic creations that celebrate the mystery and curiosity inherent in these disciplines. As a performer, Lucy has been called “one of Toronto’s best dancers” and “an orchid among forget-me-nots”. She is noted for her passionate and hyperkinetic solo creations as well as her intense and intelligent performances as a freelance dancer and actor. She has performed with noted Canadian companies such as Fujiwara Dance Inventions (2010-present), Theatre Rusticle (2001-2017), Nova Dance, Theatre Passe Muraille, Puppetmongers Theatre, Circus Orange, Chartier Danse, Anandam Dance, Sashar Zarif Dance and many others. Lucy has a Double BA in Dance and Music (University of Waterloo) and an MA in History (University of Toronto) and is currently studying philosophy through Oxford University.

Pulga Muchochoma was born in Quelimane, Mozambique. His dance career and training began in Quelimane with Montes Namuli Dance Company. In August of 2006, he came to Toronto with the company for the International AIDS Conference. With Montes Namuli/Shakespeare Link Canada, he performed in several shows in venues in Toronto and Mozambique. When Montes Namuli returned to Mozambique, Muchochoma stayed in Toronto to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he had the chance to work with many choreographers like Coralee McLaren, D.A. Hoskins, Danny Grossman, Darryl Tracy, James Kudelka, Massimo Agostinelli, Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, Sasha Ivanochko, Sharon Moore and William Yong. He has worked with Toronto Dance Theatre under Artistic Director Christopher House from 2009 till 2020. During his time with TDT he has had the pleasure of working and collaborating with local and international choreographers such as Christopher House, Ame Anderson, Veronica Tennant, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Tawiah Ben McCart, Patricia Beaty, Thomas Hauert, Heidi Strauss, Estelle Clareton, Deborah Dunn, Deborah Hay, Simone Orlando, Josh Beamish, Alban Richard, Jean-Paul Kelly, Alicia Grant, Jeanine Durning and more. Also with TDT, Muchochoma participated in the 2015 Opening ceremony of the Toronto Pan Am Games with Cirque du Soleil and NBS. He is also the creator and founder of African Dance and Fitness with Pulga since 2015.

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