Throughout his career, Libydo has performed and been featured in various stage, festivals, showcases and music videos. Specializing in live improvisation steeped from his background and self approach to Hip-Hop/Breakdance movement he has also provided choreographic, collaborative efforts for a variety of artists of multiple disciplines and performances for over two decades. Libydo is a recipient of a Dance Project grant (2018) and served as Peer-Assessor on the Grant Review Panel Dance Projects (2020) for Toronto Arts Council. He’s also a proud member of Board of Directors for Wavelength, a monthly music concert series based in Toronto.
His upcoming, ongoing solo and collaborative work which features the embodiment of a delightful, enigmatic dancing creature emanating from the depths of the imagination that he may insert thematically include:
From The Ground Up
Mycelium. Grown out of single spore is a network of fungal threads underground, thriving and spreading. Sprouting from mycelium are fungal organisms like mushrooms, which life cycle involves a process of consuming dead and decaying material in its path, clearing away debris while creating nutrient-rich soil for trees and plants supporting the health and vitality of ecosystems in which they grow and form a vast web of communicative relations that can involve synergistic symbiosis.
What happens when it builds a symbiotic relationship with an organism of complexity? Going beyond the modes of just spreading, surviving, and thriving? Does it yearn for something more, dream or even desire? In this solo work Libydo will explore through movement an expression of the emergent capacity of mycelium, from the ground up. The enigmatic beauty of a symbiotic union and just what does it become…?
Featuring original soundscapes themed and stemming from fungi and plants by SlowPitchSound. Including song by Elisapie Isaac “Navataara” from the album There Will Be Stars.
Mystic Sister & Libydo
A brand new collaborative premier!
All presenting a part of Flight: PEC's Festival of Contemporary Dance August 15-20 2023
House of Shimmy (Sandy Watters and Victoria Buston) is a theatrical fusion bellydance duo who have teamed up with Libydo to create some beautiful fusion. This collaboration has explored the overlap in movement and found the fertile ground where breakdance meets bellydance.
Their lineup of dance performance features various freestyles/improvisation and choreographed pieces by the group, as well as solos by each dancer. Moving seamlessly from ethereal electronic tracks to upbeat doumbek numbers, this group offers a unique presentation of fusion. Bridging worlds and cultures through movement, this group invites the audience into our world of curiosity and collaboration.
“We welcome thee to the OtherWhere. A state of being that is seemingly everywhere and nowhere in between, inhabited by paradisiacal Dancing creatures accompanying any and all to the many Bliss realms residing within.”
Ongoing Collaborative Work:
Libydo collaborates with Toronto based turntablist/composer SlowPitchSound who rearranges live sampled audio fragments and transforms them into lush rhythmic landscapes. Lidydo narrates through mind altering body movements that stem from his early hip-hop beginnings and now expand as far as his imagination can take him. Together as a duo they combine improvisation with music, dance and projected visuals to create an immersive and engaging experience through visual storytelling, multi-media, turntable compositions and Libydo's unique approach to dance.
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah @ Crow's Theatre (Toronto) - Dec. 22-24, 2022. 60min/each
Pop Montreal: ZINNIA @ La Sala Rossa (Montreal) - Oct. 1 2022. Live featured solo dancer
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah (filmed in Toronto) - premiered Dec. 17 2020 online. 60min Film
Aga Khan Museum: Sanctuary Series by SlowPitchSound and Libydo Filmed @ Aga Khan Museum presented by Nuit Blanche (Toronto) - Oct. 3 2020 online. 10min Short film
Wavelength Winter Festival 20th Anniversary: SlowPitchSound @ Sneaky Dee's (Toronto) - Feb. 13 2020. 45min
AGO All Hours: SlowPitchSound @ Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) - Jan. 25 2020. 40min
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah @ The Drake Hotel (Toronto) - Dec. 10,11,12, 2019. 60min/each
SlowPitchSound's: Alternate Forest @ Array Music Space (Toronto) - 0ct. 11,12,13, 2019. 60min/each
Parks N' Wreck presents: SlowPitchSound's: Alternate Forest @ Prairie Drive Park (Toronto) - September 7,8, 2019. 15min (solo performances)
SlowPitchSound's: Farewell Moon w/NASA @ Aga Khan Museum (Toronto) - August 28, 2019. 90min
Wavelength Holiday Music & Comedy Fundraiser for Unison Benevolent Fund: SlowPitchSound's TRH @ The Baby G (Toronto) - Dec. 12, 2018. 45min
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah @ The Drake Hotel (Toronto) - Dec. 3-6 2018. 60min/each
SlowPitchSound's: Alternate Forest @ Array Music Space (Toronto) - Oct. 26,27,28, 2018. 60min/each
Electric Circuits Festival of Electronic Music & Digital Arts: SlowPitchSound @ Isabel Bader Centre (Kingston) - April 20, 2018. 90min
The Build Collective feat. SlowPitchSound @ Cosmos Records (Toronto) - Jan. 21, 2018 20min
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah @ The Drake Hotel (Toronto) - Dec. 4,5,6, 2017. 60min/each
Camp Wavelength: SlowPitchSound's TRH @ Sherbourne Common (Toronto) - Aug. 20, 2017. 45min
Silence Sounds: SlowPitchSound's TRH @ Silence (Guelph) - June 15, 2017. 45min
Tafelmusik: HAUS MUSIK @ The Great Hall (Toronto) - April 27, 2017. 60min
Black Future: SlowPitchSound's RABBIT HOLE @ Bar Le Ritz (Montreal) - Feb. 17, 2017. 50min
AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) First Thursday: Shapshifters: SlowPitchSound @ AGO (Toronto) - Feb. 2, 2017. 90min
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah @ The Drake Hotel (Toronto) - Dec. 5,6,7, 2016. 60min/each
IAMA (International Artist Managers' Association): Soundstreams: SlowPitchSound's Canadian Anthem Remixed @ Roy Thompson (Toronto) - Nov. 11, 2016. 20min
The Music Gallery: MG Remixed feat. SlowPitchSound @ The Music Gallery (Toronto) - June 11, 2016. 40min
NUMUS presents: SlowPitchSound's RABBIT HOLE @ Button Factory Arts (Waterloo) - April 23, 2016. 60min
Soundstreams: 2016 GALA starring Steve Reich: SlowPitchSound w/Pursuit Grooves @ Integral House (Toronto) - April 11, 2016 30min
Somewhere There Creative Music Festival feat. SlowPitchSound @ Tranzac (Toronto) - Feb. 26, 2016. 45min
Long Winter: SlowPitchSound, Pursuit Grooves & Libydo @ The Great Hall (Toronto) - Feb. 19, 2016 30min
Soundstreams: Electric Messiah @ The Drake Hotel (Toronto) - Dec. 7,8, 2015. 60min/each