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Michael Caldwell, Tia Kushniruk, Jolyane Langlois, Sahara Morimoto in Antony Hamilton's Natural Orders / Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Something Between an Essay, a Pseudo-Story About Little Robo-Bugs and Another Excuse to Talk About Virtuosity

By Fabien Maltais-Bayda

Choreographer Antony Hamilton’s “Natural Orders” ends with a cluster of small light-sensitive mechanisms gliding about a section of the stage. While from a distance they appear mostly as points of luminescence, they look, up close, a bit like rubber toothbrush heads or many-legged critters.

Dana Michel in Yellow Towel / Photo by Maxyme G. Delisle
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

To Turn Burden into Songs

By Victoria McKenzie

Dear Dana, On June 18, 2017, I watched you perform Yellow Towel.

Dana Michel in Yellow Towel / Photo by Ian Douglas
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Intertextual Review: Dana Michel, Yellow Towel

By Fabien Maltais-Bayda

If Yellow Towel is an experiment in identity, it is one that imagines identity through the fragmentary, the sensorial, the experiential.

Dana Michel in Yellow Towel / Photo by Maxyme G. Delisle
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Crafting Tension and Attention

By Robert Kingsbury

Montreal dance artist Dana Michel’s celebrated work Yellow Towel had its Toronto debut as part of Dancemakers Minifest this June, after extensive touring in Europe and the United States.

Thom Gill and Fan Wu / Image from video by Francesca Chudnoff
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

“It’s all to get me to a different place.”

By Fabien Maltais-Bayda, Victoria McKenzie

While scrawling notes in mid-performance darkness, I sometimes cling to words.

Amanda Acorn / Photo by Talia Shipman
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Two Local Voices on a Double Bill

By Robert Kingsbury

Local and emerging artists-in-residence Andrea Spaziani and Amanda Acorn share a program during the Dancemakers MiniFest on June 13 in the Distillery District.

Alicia Grant, Andrea Spaziani and Julia Male in Spaziani's Rafters / Photo courtesy of Spaziani
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

A Feast of a MiniFest

By Victoria McKenzie

I’ve been craving spice lately. A lil’ paprika, a lil’ tamarind, a lil’ Dancemakers MiniFest.

Syrus Marcus Ware / Image by Francesca Chudnoff
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Flowchart: Incidental Continuity

By Robert Kingsbury, Fabien Maltais-Bayda

Incidental continuity … The exploratory permissiveness of the program’s multidisciplinary approach uniquely opens the possibility for accidents of cohesion.

AndreaSpazian in This Desiring Pony / Photo by Alejandro Fargosonini
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

Per for wo man it I v i t y: Intimacy-through-distance

By Robert Kingsbury

This Desiring Pony, a solo rooted in feminist methodology, calls upon internalized patriarchal modes of oppression existing both in the body of a female dance artist and in the dialectic between performer and audience.

Andrea Spaziani in her own work This Desiring Pony / Photo by Alejandro Fargosonini
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

The Incantation of This Desiring Pony

By Victoria McKenzie

“Where have you been?” was the question projected on the upstage screen when we walked into the space.

Andrea Spaziani in This Desiring Pony / Photo by Alejandro Fargosonini
 
Dance WiRe (Writers in Residence)

This Desiring Pony

By Fabien Maltais-Bayda

The alter ego of Dancemakers Local Artist in Residence Andrea Spaziani, Schpando is also the performer of the upcoming work This Desiring Pony.

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