About

Ensemble Topaz is a Toronto-based music and dance ensemble dedicated to performing an original fusion of arts from the Turkish, Klezmer, Romani and Balkan traditions, as well as dances from South Asian and Central Asian Heritages. The artists involved in Ensemble Topaz have international dance and music profiles. Collectively conceived by dance artist Paromita Kar and music composer Mike Anklewicz, Ensemble Topaz offers a variety of dance and musical traditions.

Ensemble Topaz has performed at numerous events in Toronto, Ontario and abroad. Highlight performances include the Toronto International Dance Festival at the Toronto Festival for the Arts (2017) and the Fleck Dance Theatre (2016), International Stage at the Canadian National Exhibition, the Ontario Heritage Festival at Ontario Place, Asian Heritage Day hosted by SAFSS,  Toronto International Youth Dance Festival, Klezmer Brunch at the Free Times Cafe, and stages such as the Mel Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square.

Ensemble Topaz has also conducted several outreach and educational workshops with students and the public as part of Ontario Culture Days at the Toronto Public Library in 2016 and 2017.

Photo credit: Ken Dobb