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Where Are All the Women?

In an industry where women outnumber men, the ballet still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality. Take a look into the state of gender parity and representation in Canadian ballet. By Tessa Perkins Deneault

Review

“Story-Being”

The spirit of Decoding Bharatanatyam imitates the moments preceding the show – fluttering with discovery, while anchored in movement tradition. By Brannavy Jeyasundaram

Column

On the Ground

In her new work Lara Kramer confronts the complex and brutal relationships between Indigenous peoples and settler society, exploring the residual effects of the residential school system and the traumas that permeate in its wake. By Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Nadine Changfoot

News

Honouring Canadian Dance History

On Sunday, March 25, the Encore! Dance Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at The Globe and Mail Centre, hosted by CBC journalist Laurie Brown.

Video

Cutting Paper

Cutting Paper
 

Cutting Paper is a short video work inspired by the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Choreographed and performed by Jennifer Dallas, with videography by Melanie Gordon, the work is described by them as telling the story of “a woman’s quiet revolution as she slowly develops the courage to listen to her own voice in a world that mistakes her clarity and creativity for insanity.”

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Video

Formal Mediations

PROSE - Film by Shawn Bracke
 

PROSE is a screendance collaboration loosely based on the romanticized story of Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr and plays with the idea of keeping a calm composure when faced with overwhelming pressure.

Review

When Representation (Almost) Becomes the Norm

Contemporaneity 2.0 is a curating and presenting series with an aim of “unsettling the widespread use of ‘contemporary’ as describing European and white American theatrical dance.” The series opened with Gitanjali Kolanad’s Gandhari. Using Gandhari, a mythological character from the Mahabharata and the martial art form of kalaripayatuu as dual channels of influence and expression, the work is an examination of loss and its effects on the body. By Molly Johnson

News

Baryshnikov's Ties to Canada

Famed Soviet-American dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov will make a rare return to Toronto to perform in the Canadian premiere of BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV. The Dance Current asked Baryshnikov about his time in Canada and he responded by highlighting his relationships within the ballet community.

Feature

Decolonizing Dance Stages

This year in Canada, the conversation about diversity, inclusion and representation has been omnipresent. I’m profoundly happy that more presenters, curators and jurors have brought these words into their vocabulary. But I question what they’re really referring to. Do we all really feel and understand the urgency? More precisely, when asking, “What does the word diversity really mean?” the answers from the dance milieu are often incomplete, reflecting a lack of comprehension of the issues at stake. By Rhodnie Désir

Column

What's In Your Dancebag?

Co-artistic director and producer of Rhythm & Sound Productions

Gallery

This is Our Place

This is Our Place was a mini dance residency held and performed within a Toronto home in between tenants. Featuring six local dance artists over the course of three days, the residency concluded with a work-in-progress showing on November 4.

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