Earlier this week, Springboard Danse Montréal announced which emerging choreographers they’ve invited to participate in the program this year. Among them, Canadians Hanna Kiel (Toronto), Colleen Snell (Mississauga) and Heather Myers (Vancouver).
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s (CCDT) annual WinterSong is now in its twenty-seventh year. The program was established in 1988 by co-directors Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith as an antidote to the commercialism of the Christmas season. The teenagers that make up CCDT are consummate professionals who can dance rings around some of their adult colleagues. By Paula Citron
The new year has started off with a bang, courtesy of the Australian singer-songwriter Sia and her latest music video, Elastic Heart. The video features a warring dance by actor-turned-performance artist Shia LaBeouf and the phenomenal dance sensation Maddie Ziegler, best known for her appearance on the competition reality series Dance Moms. By Philip Szporer
What follows is a consideration of work that I saw in 2014, listed in no particular order. It is also a message of gratitude to those creators who unfailingly push forward, break boundaries, develop their vision and create worlds in which we, as audiences, can be inspired and challenged. By Philip Szporer
Cohorts in the Vancouver dance scene, Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan and Ron Stewart have known and worked with each other for thirty years. But creating a concert together, things near & far at the Firehall Arts Centre, was a first. Choreographers Josh Martin and Tedd Robinson brought Dwelling, the title of both pieces, to fruition. By Andrea Rabinovitch