Located in a former brass foundry, 15 Dance Lab was Toronto’s first venue for experimental dance. By day, the Lab’s founders, Lawrence and Miriam Adams, ran a framing business and then tidied up the tools to open the theatre in the evenings. Built in the round and consisting of 41 seats, the intimate space provided a non-curated and open venue to performers. Then-emerging choreographers Christopher House, Margie Gillis, and Marie Chouinard are some of the artists who performed at 15 Dance Lab. For a growing number of young independent artists, among them graduates of the first university dance program in Canada at York University, 15 Dance Lab was a place to think and talk about dance, to experiment with postmodern ways of moving, and to collaborate with a variety of artists in other disciplines. By 1983, the Adamses felt that 15 Dance Lab had served its purpose and closed the studio-theatre; three years later, they founded Dance Collection Danse.
(Lawrence and Miriam Adams with Stanley and Mr. Dog, and Jackie Malden, outside 15 Dance Lab, 155a George St., Lawrence and Miriam Adams Portfolio, Dance Collection Danse)