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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

Review

Bgirls, Body Image and Being "Bossed Up"

After SaMel Tanz won the a spot in last year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, which is programmed by a lottery system versus a juried selection, they started talking through ideas with other women dancers they have collaborated with in the past, Hart told me in a phone conversation several weeks before the show. Feminism – or the way many of the dancers were navigating their lives as women, dancers or not – was something they kept coming back to. The result was a show that featured moments in these young women’s lives told through movements from an assortment of dance forms – contemporary, hip hop, even a bit of Argentine tango. By Aparita Bhandari

Column

On the Ground

The Dance Current spoke with Wunmi Idowu in anticipation of UNGANISHA – an inaugural Calgary festival brought to life by Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre and Creoternity Theatre. The festival is a dance theatre showcase celebrating the history and influence of African culture and contemporary dance.

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.

Video

Feedback and Paradox

Digital Folk is part video game, part costume party and incorporates live music and dance. As an installation presented by Plastic Orchid Factory as part of Dance in Vancouver and DIY@DIV it was presented as a looping performance that took place on November 23 through 24 at Left of Main in Vancouver.

Contest

Canadian Stage's Daring Dance Contest

Canadian Stage invites you to experience daring dance during their thirtieth anniversary season! Enter to win a pair of premium tickets to each of three daring and unique productions this winter. * Sponsored by Canadian Stage

Video

Bhairava

Bhairava Teaser
 

Bhairava is a fourteen minute, site-specific, dance-for-camera film by Mouvement Perpétuel, embodying the wandering yet fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, the Lord of Dance.

Review

New Year, New Awakening

Ballet Creole opens the holidays by intersecting the Toronto theatre community and the NextSteps contemporary dance series with its annual seasonal ritual – Soulful Messiah. The performance is Artistic Director and Founder Patrick Parson’s choreographic concept of navigating different emotional stages of life and spirituality and how one copes through its peaks and valleys. By Collette Murray

News

Summer and Fall Awards and Honours

A round up of the 2017 summer and fall awards, honours and news

Feature

The Politics of Dance

Ten years ago, in the Summer 2007 issue, Shannon Litzenberger, then executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, wrote a column about the dance community and the federal government, “Coping with the Conservatives: CDA reflects on a year of cultural policy under Canada’s new government.” The Dance Current asked current executive director Kate Cornell to comment on the changes over the past decade and the relationship with the Trudeau Liberal government. By Kate Cornell

Column

Dancer's Kitchen

A potluck favourite from the earth

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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