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Passionate Heart, Women’s stories through Dance was developed in 2018 by senior dance artists Suzette Sherman and Michele Green in collaboration with Dancetheatre David Earle. 

The stories explore friendship, loneliness, despair, grief, entrapment and redemption.Passionate Heart removes lights, stage and costumes to present a raw, intimate experience between dancers and audience. 

Although their Guelph studio remains the main presentation location, the transportability of Passionate Heart allows for showings in diverse venues which have included an art gallery, a university campus, a high school, theatres and several churches. Dance is the physical portrayal of storytelling. 

Since May 2018, they have performed in Alton, Guelph, Kingston, Kitchener, St. Jacobs, London and Orangeville.

Although their Guelph studio remains the main presentation location, the transportability of Passionate Heart allows for showings in diverse venues which have included an art gallery, a university campus, a high school, theatres and several churches. Dance is the physical portrayal of storytelling. 

Since May 2018, they have performed in Alton, Guelph, Kingston, Kitchener, St. Jacobs, London and Orangeville.

Performer Biographies

SUZETTE SHERMAN - Born and raised in Chicago, Suzette began training with Stone-Camryn School of Ballet, continuing her studies in New York City.  Her career includes two years apprenticing with Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and one year performing with Saskatchewan Dance Theatre. Suzette then joined Toronto Dance Theatre and for nineteen years toured worldwide dancing major roles. Since its inception, Suzette has been a principal dancer with Dancetheatre David Earle. A teacher throughout her career, Suzette is proud to work closely with David Earle teaching his technique and repertoire. Suzette has appeared in several film and television productions. Currently continuing teaching and performing, she is exploring a newer creative voice choreographing.
 

MICHELE GREEN - Michele’s professional dance career began with Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers (1971-73). She co-founded Saskatchewan Dance Theatre with husband, Jim Green and former teacher Lucia Pavlychenko (1973-1976). In 1980, Michele, Jim and their two children moved to Stouffville, Ontario where she opened The DanceCentre successfully teaching until retiring twenty years later. Turning her sights to writing, Michele worked for a decade as a core writer for In The Hills Magazine. In 2006 Dance Collection Danse Press published her book David Earle, A Choreographic Biography. In 2017 Michele returned to the studio to work with Suzette Sherman in the Guelph Dance Festival. Together they created Passionate Heart in 2018.

You did an absolutely wonderful, inspiring performance; the name you have chosen for it is perfect!…you both obviously love this art and it really comes through to your audience. The whole presentation - dance and talk- was wonderful! DH

I liked the educational component of the before and after talk. It acknowledged we knew things and had valid experiences but also gently gave us permission to inquire further. It was a very fine place as an audience member.  It also occurred to me how radical it is, in this time of great sensationalism, to simply perform your dances not much differently than were it a rehearsal. To dance, as friends, in simplicity, because the need to create and to share is present and why deny that? I think this is what I found most moving.  MB

The emotion and strength you both contain could fill the moon. We enjoyed every single second and it left me wanting more. 

What a gift to us in the audience on the receiving end.  JB

Just writing to say that I absolutely LOVED everything about Passionate Heart! You two are stunningly beautiful and powerful performers. It's very inspiring to see all of the work you put into what you do come across with such ease and love. Absolutely awe inspiring!   KS

The program proves such an optimistic view on experiences, even hard ones. It doesn’t shy away from he darkness, but presents it in such a beautifully, well-crafted and hopeful way, helping people to come to terms with life’s challenges. How to notice them, express them, deal with them, share them…and then as a result from that, move forward, stronger, more unified. The vulnerability you both shared is palpable to the audience and the strength it takes to be so vulnerable in these performances is also such a good metaphor for what it takes to share/heal/grow in life.  MN

I have never felt that depth of emotion in anything I have ever sat through in my life. It was an amazing experience.  HM

Beautiful. In a world where so much is going haywire, you two dance and there is something right in the universe. The emotion deepens every time I see this. PS 





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