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Operations (1945-2006): Movements

Operations (1945-2006): Movements is a public performance installation combining ballet and poetry to express the scale of 20th century military operations by UN-member nations. Based on Canadian poet Moez Surani’s Operations (Book*hug 2016), a critically praised work of conceptual poetry comprised of the code names of military operations conducted by UN-member countries since October 1945, the performance embodies the 3600 unique military operation names as pieces of ballet choreography. Performed over a grass field, the choreography is repeated once for every operation over 3600 times in a twelve hour period, creating a physical memorial in the space and serving as a collected archive.

Photo by Voitek Pendrak

Photo by Voitek Pendrak

Creative Team

Michael Reinhart
Creator / Director

Zev Mair
Creator / Assistant Director / Dancer

Magdalena Vasko
Creator / Choreographer / Dancer

Moez Surani
Creator / Poet / Dramaturg

Nicole DeAngelis
Production and Stage Manager / Designer

Claire Hill
Design Consultant

Rebecca Hooton
Designer / Projection Designer

Christopher Ross
Technical Director


Maïna Belray, Armando Biasi, Nigel Church, Jana Dahlmer, Sara Hinding, Alison Keery, Nyda Kwasowsky, Shai Ma-Fanfair, Michaela Mar, Zev Mair, Amanda Martin, Julia Sedwick, Magdalena Vasko, Samantha Vu

Elizabeth Bravo, Hannah Gammon, Julian Lam, McKenna Langdon, Carmen Leardi, Katy Nicholas, Jeanne-Arlette Parson, Paige Pidwerbeski, Brooke Rourke, Roni Simpson, Madelaine Storms, Arthur Yip, Aunya Zurevinski

The participation of Magdalena Vasko and Julia Sedwick is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy

Photo by Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Photo by Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018

Project Creation History

In-Studio Exploration, March 24/25 2018 at the Kontort Project Space

Creators: Zev Mair, Michael Reinhart, Moez Surani, Magdalena Vasko, Claire Hill
Collaborators: Nyda Kwasowsky, Amanda Martin, Alexa Steponchev, Samantha Vu, Natalia Zuk

Operations (1945-2006): Movements would not be possible without the generous support of:

The Randolph College for the Performing Arts

DNA Theatre


Kontort Project Space

[elephants] collective

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.