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Expressive Bodies and Digital Cultures

What is at stake for dancers and the dance profession in the face of technological advances? Dena Davida explores this question, based on her experiences at Symposium IX, presented by Audiokinetic and organized at/by the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) in Montréal, Québec, from May 30th through June 3rd, 2017. By Dena Davida

Review

The Shape-Shifting Serpent

Serpent People, takes its inspiration from an historic Anishinaabe story, The Black Sturgeon of Nipissing. While this story is an Anishinaabe one, the performers are artists from a range of communities, nations, clans and ancestries. The ensemble is appealingly egalitarian, a cast of varying ages, identities and skill sets who together create an image of real community – people working together across differences. The mythology of the serpent as shape-shifter and realm-crosser that Serpent People draws on is apparent in these artists, who shift from scene to scene adapting to fulfill roles foreign and familiar. By Molly Johnson

News

Toronto's 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

A list of the winners and nominees of the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Video

Unified Gestures

Movements for a Room
 

Toronto-based visual artist Katie Lyle and dancer-choreographer Shelby Wright made Movements for a Room in 2016, the video explores questions that arise during artistic collaboration.

Column

Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

While scrawling notes in mid-performance darkness, I sometimes cling to words. By Fabien Maltais-Bayda, Victoria McKenzie

Contest

Summer Dreaming: Sponsored by Ceilidh Surprise

Enter for a chance to win your very own Red Heart Medium Dream Duffel package with a Red Attitude Cosmetic Bag sponsored by Ceilidh Surprise – Canada’s Dream Duffel Headquarters!

Video

Dancing to the Same Beat

CAPSULE 1 | Danse
 

To celebrate its fortieth anniversary this year, Fédération Culturelle Canadienne-Française (FCCF) presented a video series, in collaboration with Unis TV, highlighting French Canadian arts and culture. In video featuring dance, three performing artists from differing generations and regions in Canada presented their own choreography to the same piece of music - Julie Duguay, Elise Page and Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo.

Review

Impressions from Montréal’s Festival TransAmériques - Part II

Mini-reviews of works in Montréal’s Festival TranAmériques (FTA) - Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures, Montpetit’s Runaway Girl and Ouramdane’s Tordre. Part two of two of The Dance Current’s FTA 2017 coverage. By Mark Mann

News

Ancestralizing the Present

Ancestralizing the Present was a free event hosted at The Dance Centre on June 10, 2017, with performances by Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers), Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) and Aeriosa. The event marks the extension of Mique’l Dangeli’s doctoral thesis “Dancing Sovereignty: Protocol and Politics in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance” and it involved “taking the time to get to know one another” – an approach that Dangeli believes to be closer to “reconciliation” than projects that simply tick the boxes of inclusivity, or demand that Indigenous artists perform settlers’ expectations of Indigenous culture.

Feature

Broadening the Stage

Pervasive conceptions about which bodies are considered beautiful, professionally acceptable or healthy continue to restrict how individuals seek self-expression through the art of dance. Activists, experts and dance artists discuss the importance of body diversity in presenting a wider range of lived experiences onstage, reaching new audiences and connecting with them more meaningfully. By Cristina Matteis

Column

On the Ground

Childcare information and ideas for dance artists By Grace Smith

Gallery

#CanadaDances on International Dance Day 2017

A roundup of images and videos from the Canadian dance community on International Dance Day.

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