Efer is a new creation that we, David Albert-Toth and Emily Gualtieri, are planning to begin during a Danse à la Carte research residency with a group of dancers. Efer is Hebrew for "Ashes" and speaks to both sides of the coin of death - that of finality and that of renewal. Ashes are a universal symbol charged with meaning, spanning monotheist and polytheist religions, as well as Western and Eastern cultures. They are a symbol of our mortality, associated with death, and as such, with finality and departure. Contrarily, they are also a symbol of our eternal return, of cyclical rebirth, of forgoing our daily vanities, and of ascension to holy states of being - of transcendance.

If our recent work, La vie attend, explored the finality of life, viewing it as an unwavering linear trajectory, Efer bends life into a circle, using ash as the glue that binds its end to its beginning, and asks: what happens then? How do we move on as either victims of - or witnesses to - death? On the spiritual plane, life after death eludes to resurrection and rebirth. In more concrete terms, we think of how we, the living, move on after death, and of how our lives can continue as we rebuild the broken pieces of ourselves. 

We are both deeply inspired by our personal relationships to death, an inspiration that has sewn a through line through our body of work to date. As alienating as death can be, grief and mourning are without a doubt some of the most unifying experiences we know. Indeed, death is perhaps the singular most important thing we can talk about, and yet we talk about it so little in secular society - it is still taboo and uncomfortable. We are hoping to use our creative process - and ultimately, our stage work - to question how we deal with death and how we embody the mourning process in our culture and in our hearts in the 21st century. In every religion and culture, there is a highly formal discourse and ritual around death, but how do we speak about it a way that resonates through our art?


David Albert- Toth - Chorégraphe


David Albert-Toth is a dancer, choreographer, composer, and co-artistic director of Parts+Labour_Danse. A disposition towards eclectic artistic encounters has led David to perform throughout North America and Europe. Notable collaborations include work with Frédérick Gravel, Human Playground, Lemieux.Pilon 4D-Art and Peter Trosztmer, Emmanuelle Calvé, and Compagnie Destins Croisés. He has contributed to interdisciplinary works by CHA Collective, Thibaut Duverneix, Dominique Porte, Julie Favreau, Moment Factory, and Danse Danse (with Emily Gualtieri) in collaboration with the work of Olafur Eliasson and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He began a choreographic partnership with Emily Gualtieri in 2011, founding Parts+Labour_Danse. Their works include In Mixed Company (2013, Prix Coup de pouce, Vue sur la relève 2015), La chute (2013, Top Ten 2013 – Dance Current, Audience Choice Award, dance:made in canada fes:val 2015), and La vie attend (2017), co-produced by Danse-Cité and presented at La Chapelle. Parts+Labour_Danse is currently involved in several new creations that will premiere in the near future.

Emily Gualtieri - Chorégraphe

Emily Gualtieri is a Dora Award-nominated choreographer and dance artist working in both Montreal and Toronto. Since 2007, her interest in creation and crad has driven her to continually produce and tour new works every season. After several years spent choreographing independently, Emily began a creative partnership with David Albert-Toth, founding Parts+Labour_Danse in 2011. Their 2013 works In Mixed Company and La chute have won various awards. Emily and David’s works have been presented nationally in festivals such as Dance: Made in Canada, Guelph Dance, Expanse Festival, Quartiers Danses, POP Montreal, VSLR, Dance Mafers, and St. John Contemporary Dance Fes:val. Emily has participated in and led artist residencies in Montreal, Toronto, Banff, Halifax, Massachusetts, and Berlin. Emily created À la prochaine (2013), performed by Ginelle Chagnon and commissioned by Older & Reckless, Re:Pairing (2015), a DanceWorks CoWorks production, and Stealing Fire (2016) a commission for Mocean Dance. Emily recently premiered La vie a=end (2017) with Parts+Labour_Danse, co-produced by Danse-Cité and presented at La Chapelle, and is currently working on several new creations as a choreographer and dramaturge.