Little Pear Garden Dance Company

Started in 1994 as a Peking Opera collective, then transformed into a professional dance company in 2007, the Little Pear Garden Dance Company is one of the most sought-after dance troupes in Canada.

Inspired by the rich and diverse tapestry of Chinese dance vocabularies, the Company has created an acclaimed and powerful body of work that encompasses both classical and contemporary productions, warmly received by audiences of all ages and cultures.

The Company is actively involved in many projects of dance development and promotion and has enjoyed a consistent presence in festivals, performing seasons and tours. Our current artistic director is Ms. Emily Wing-Mei Cheung.

We honour and acknowledge the ancestral caretakers of this land that we live, work, and dance on the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat First Nation who have a Treaty relationship with Canada.

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Takeout Arts

02/04-02/28, 2022
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Prologue School Virtual Workshop

03/01-05/31, 2022
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Audition

04/04-04/18, 2022
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The Gathering Divergence Spring 2022

05/10-5/13, 2022
Zoom/Small World Music Centre (Toronto)
180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

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Autumn Melody Collective Ottawa

05/22, 2022
University of Ottawa Academic Hall
135 Séraphin-Marion Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 1A2

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Toronto Newcomer Day

05/25, 2022
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1

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Annual General Meeting

05/30, 2022
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Matthew's Blue

06/17, 6pm, 2022
Art Gallery of Ontario Facebook Page
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Rhythms of Canada

07/01, 3:30pm/4:45pm, 2022
Ismaili Centre Toronto
49 Wynford Dr, North York, ON M3C 1K1

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DanceWeekend 2022

07/16, 2:00pm, 2022
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7

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Arts Break in the Square

08/06/2022, 10:30am
Eglinton Square Shopping Centre
20 Eglinton Square, Scarborough, ON M1L 2K1

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Company Audition

08/15/2022, 11:59pm
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Goh Ballet Bayview

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Live at ROM

09/01/2022, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Royal Ontario Museum Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

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Nuit Blanche at Aga Khan

10/01/2022, 7pm
Aga Khan Museum Auditorium
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1

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Dance reflects timeless emotions that feed the soul for a lifetime.

Emily Cheung

About Us

Organizational Mandate/Mission

iLttle Pear Garden Dance Company [LPGDC] (formerly Little Pear Garden Collective) develops and promotes Chinese dance in Canada via the production and presentation of performances, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions on the local and national levels by creating an environment that supports Canadian artists practicing both Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic expressions. We aspire to develop a distinct voice in the opera and dance ecologies and to be the premiere Chinese performing arts company in Canada that features professional artists, innovative programming, stimulating workshops, and creative new works that reflect passion, honesty, integrity and excellence.

Under the leadership of current Artistic Director Miss Emily Cheung, LPGDC’s vision is in building Chinese contemporary dance vocabularies through innovations and creative works that are meaningful to the Chinese / Canadian Diaspora. Miss Cheung also seeks to collaborate with artists from various disciplines and culturally diverse backgrounds to create work that uniquely combines the different aesthetics and contemporary sensibilities. The main focus of LPGDC is to create repertoires that utilize a unique contemporary dance vocabularies based on both traditional and classical Chinese dance/opera aesthetics. In order to achieve this, all of LPGDC dancers are required to conduct training in traditional and classical Chinese dance and operatic movements to preserve the authenticity of the Chinese elements in the new dance vocabularies.

Name Origin

hTe company’s name is derived from Peking opera’s tradition of nomenclature. During the Tang dynasty in China, approximately 712 – 755 AD, Emperor Hsuan Tsung founded the Pear Garden Academy inside his royal court, thereby establishing China’s first professional music and dance performance troupe.

This important institution is considered to be the origin of Chinese opera. Subsequently, Chinese opera has been referred to as the “pear garden profession”, and opera performers may be referred to as the “children of the pear garden.” Thus, when William Lau founded the collective to promote Canadian appreciation of Chinese performing arts, he named it the Little Pear Garden Collective. In 2015, the board decided to recognize the fact that the collective had been transformed from a Peking opera presenter to a dance focused theatre under the leadership of Ms. Emily Cheung, and officially changed the collective name to a dance company.

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Our Productions

BITTER TEA
FENG (BREEZE)
VENOM OF LOVE
THE 5 ELEMENTS
FOUR BEAUTIES OF CHINA
TALES OF GODDESSES AND A PAINTER
YUNNAN BRIDE
WA DANCE
CONFLARE
UNLEASHED
TRACTION
Photo credits: Bitter Tea, Jonathan Wong; Feng, Jonathan Wong; Venom of Love, Maylynn Quan; The 5 Elements, Tam Kam Chiu; Four Beuaties of China, Maylynn Quan; The Pinter and the Goddesses, Josh Nychuk; Yunnan Bride, Victor Tan; Wa Dance, Maylynn Quan.