Ilter Ibrahimof is the cofounder and artistic director of Toronto’s Fall for Dance North festival. Held annually since 2014, FFDN is a Canadian offshoot of the beloved New York City Center series. A producer and booking agent for more than fifteen years, Ibrahimof grew up in Istanbul and studied dance, theatre, and arts management at Emerson College in Boston before moving to New York. There he founded, in 2004, and ran, until 2020, his own dance booking agency. Sunny Artist Management represented the American tours of European artists and entities such as Nacho Duato, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Compagnie Käfig, and classical Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa. Ibrahimof has created original evenings with ballet principals Wendy Whelan, James Whiteside, and Daniil Simkin in New York, and has been a guest curator for Atlanta’s Off the Edge contemporary dance festival. Moving from New York to Montreal and then to Toronto in 2015, Ibrahimof has turned FFDN into one of Canada’s largest dance festivals. Fjord Review spoke to him by telephone. The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE