Meet the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica – a voluntary organization of dancers, singers, musicians, technicians and administrators – in Tribute to Rex , an evening dedicated to co-founder Milton “Rex” Nettleford.
Four significant arts organizations celebrated the accomplishments of Canadian artists by announcing major awards and prizes. The Prix Culturel Samuel de Champlain was awarded to choreographer Marie Chouinard, while Aszure Barton was awarded the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize. Vancouver bestowed its Mayor’s Art Awards for 2014, with Jai Govinda winning the performance award, while Alejandro De Leon received $45,000 from the funding body CALQ (Le conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) to create a new dance web series.
Thirty years of existence in a dance company’s life is more than a notable marker; it’s an achievement to celebrate and a time to pause and reflect on how the company’s dances are resonating with younger generations. Ginette Laurin’s O Vertigo hit this milestone this year, and delivered the world premiere of Soif to an appreciative hometown crowd. By Philip Szporer
In April, our former editor, Kathleen Smith, commissioned Michael Trent to write about the new creation/production model at Dancemakers. In this final piece of writing, Trent speaks about his early departure from the company and where he left this new model after the board of directors decided to not renew his contract as artistic director. By Michael Trent
Elsewhere, Strauss explains in her program note, is a response to the notion of affect or affect theory. A concept that has been circulating in philosophical spheres since the seventeenth century, affect has become something of a catchphrase within social studies and visual culture in the last twenty-five years. By Bridget Cauthery
In April, our former editor, Kathleen Smith, commissioned Michael Trent to write about the new creation/production model at Dancemakers. In Part II of this writing series, Trent speaks about that model and the context from which it was born. By Michael Trent