Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein’s an accomplished dancer and has worked with a wide spectrum of artists such as Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, Waka Flocka, Kiesza, and Delaney Jane. He is currently touring with Ano:wara Dance Theatre’s award-winning multimedia production Sky Dancers, which won the 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Touring Production.
Bash's undeniable versatility, unshakeable fearlessness and captivating qualities in performance have allowed him to work with a wide spectrum of choreographers & companies such as BoucharDanse, Addy Chan, Michael Caldwell, Canadian Opera Company, Emilio Collalilo, Lenny de la Pena, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Rodney Diverlus, The Dietrich Group, Scott Fordham, Gadfly, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Jennifer Nichols, Kevin Ormsby, Red Sky Performance, Jennifer Thiessen, and Kylie Thompson.
He has performed throughout Canada, the Middle East, and Asia with Creativiva’s Aladdin and Pinocchio (for which he was dance captain) and has shared stages with stars such as Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Kiesza, Bebe Rexha, Delaney Jane, Allan Rayman and Polina Grace. He has also starred in multiple TV series including APTN’s Pulse: The Series, American Gods, Shadowhunters, The Umbrella Academy, Killjoys, Eva Longoria’s Glamorous, and has worked with major brands such as Microsoft, Duracell, Priceline, Captain Morgan’s, TD Bank, Nordstrom, IÖGO, and the Toronto Argonauts.
As a choreographer, his creations have been showcased at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts, Marie Copps’ Fashion Shoot Extravaganza, Carlos and Sofia (America’s Got Talent) and with artists such as Marie-Clo, HERDD, Husslah and Harriet Chung. He is currently touring with Ano:wara Dance Theatre’s award-winning multimedia production Sky Dancers, which won the 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Touring Production.
We will begin with a gentle warmup: softly impacting our bodies with our hands at varying speeds, stretching the facial muscles, warming up in partners, etc.. We will then undertake a somatic journey into our bodies: affirming the beauty of our physical vessels, acknowledging and silencing our inner critics, insecurities and judgements, we will slowly connect circular and linear movements with different limbs, opening our bodies to various movement possibilities.
Expanding on the aforementioned movement possibilities, we will investigate dancing within various levels of energy, tension, and concepts: 20-100%, tension and looseness, folding and unfolding, tracing energies through the body, etc.
We will investigate moving in and out of the floor at varying speeds, finding the most efficient and natural pathways of our individual movement languages. We will also investigate how our movements can cause us to travel through space, relying on creative tools to build momentum and energy with our bodies and uncovering the undiscovered potential within each of us. Finally, we will explore the possibilities of reactive movement and instantaneous choices, as well as how all of the concepts covered will apply to underwater movement.