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Carmen Aguirre, Nightswimming | Photo credit: Erin Brubacher

Commissioned and developed by Nightswimming
Created by Carmen Aguirre
Directed by Brian Quirt
Performed by Carmen Aguirre with DJ Don Pedro

Toronto, Ontario
75 minutes | Mature


Enter into one of Canada’s most unique environments… the hidden Latinx dance halls you’ve never heard of! Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre is joined by DJ Don Pedro to tell the hilarious stories of her experiences in these secret spaces. Daring, sexy, and fun, Carmen weaves stories of intimacy, politics, culture – and the forgotten origins of the salsa – into a public dance lesson that will have even the most reluctant dancer up on their feet.

Gather together to listen, move and be moved!

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“A visceral, sensual dance of resistance” – The Georgia Straight

“Salsa! Merengue! Arms flailing and booty shaking! This interactive performance slash dance lesson took Latinx dancing to a whole new level.”
– The Vancouver Arts Review


  • 10 Most Influential Hispanics, Canada (2014)
  • Outstanding Alumna Award Langara College (2012)


Carmen Aguirre (Playwright & Performer)
Carmen has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The
Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. She is currently writing three new plays that will receive their world
premieres in 2020 and 2021: Anywhere But Here for Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre, The Perfect Gentlemen (an adaptation of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies) for Toronto’s Factory Theatre, and Medea (based on the original) for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre. Carmen is the author of two bestselling memoirs: Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter and Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. She is the recipient of the Hispanic Business Alliance’s 2014 Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, Latincouver’s 2014 Most Inspirational Latin Award, the 2014 Betty Mitchell Outstanding Actor Award for her work in Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Motherfucker with The Hat, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumna Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers’ Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 New Play Centre Award for Best New Play, for The Refugee Hotel. Carmen is a graduate of Studio 58. She has over eighty film, tv, and stage acting credits.

Brian Quirt (Director)
Brian is the Artistic Director of Nightswimming and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab.
Nightswimming credits include national tours of works by Anita Majumdar and Carmen Aguirre. He’s created eight of his own plays, including Why We Are Here! (High Performance Rodeo; Harbourfront; Belfry Theatre) and These Are The Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad (Boca del Lupo; Blyth Festival).

Michelle Ramsay (Lighting Designer)
Michelle is an award-winning lighting designer who works with dance, theatre and opera companies
across Canada. Selected designs include: Daughter (Quiptake and Pandemic Theatre); Lukumi (The
Watah Theatre); trace (Factory Theatre); Our Town (Theatre Rusticle); and The Marriage of
Figaro (Opera Atelier). She has received seven Dora Awards, a SATAward and the 2008 Pauline
McGibbon award.

Pedro Chamale (DJ Don Pedro)
Pedro is a first-generation Latinx-Canadian theatre artist who was born and raised in Chetwynd, BC. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU. He then went on to co-found rice & beans theatre. Pedro is a performer, director, playwright and theatre jack-of-all-trades. Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival

Maria Zarrillo (Stage Manager)
Maria is an Equity Stage Manager, Producer and Arts Administrator. Since graduating from Studio 58’s production program, she has worked with a variety of companies including Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), rice & beans theatre, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver Opera and Pi Theatre. Maria spent a year as the Operations Assistant for VACT and is currently the Associate Artistic Manager for Pi Theatre.

Brittany Ryan (Producer)
Brittany Ryan is a Chinese-Métis Toronto-based arts administrator and manager. She is currently the
Producer for Nightswimming and the General Manager of Signal Theatre. Brittany trained at the Ryerson Theatre School in Production. Producing highlights include: Signal’s large scale dance-opera Bearing (Luminato 2017) and Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy including the Dora-Award winning play Boys With Cars.