logo
Canada’s Dance Magazine
  • PRINT
  • ONLINE
  • LIVE

On the Ground

 
On the Ground

Movement in Time

By Nicole Hamilton

How is Canada representing artists of the African diaspora? Special guest and Turn Out Radio host Nicole Hamilton interviews Vivine Scarlett and Kevin Ormsby about this issue and the performances in Movement in Time, which took place on October 14 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

 
On the Ground

Embodying Our Alliances

By Vanessa Zeoli

This September, Harbourfront Centre rolled out the 2017/18 season of NextSteps: Canada’s Contemporary Dance Series that features companies and artists from across the country. The sixth season premiered with The Apology Project, an inter-arts work produced in association with Toronto’s pounds per square inch performance (lbs/sq”). The performances examines the bitter tensions between oppressor and oppressed, citing shame as the root cause of violence and suggesting embodied action, rather than language, as means to reconciliation.

 
On the Ground

Mass Movement

By Mark Mann

Mark Mann details his experience dancing in Sylvain Émard’s Le Super Méga Continental, a mass movement spectacle of 375 professional and amateur dancers. The work was performed from September 15 through 17, 2017, as part of Montréal’s Festival TransAmériques.

 
On the Ground

A New Company Member

By Grace Smith

The Dance Current asked Arlyssa McArthur about her path into the company and how she balances her busy dance career with other commitments.

 
On the Ground

What do You Want to Know about Dance?

By Sarah Lochhead, Anastasia Kolotova, Valeria Nunziato

On June 2, Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) hosted Sharing Dance Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The annual event is NBS’s flagship community outreach initiative, which offers free dance programs to the public. Toronto was just one out of the five cities to host official Sharing Dance events, with other cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. As part of the event The Dance Current asked attendees to tell us about a dance-related topic or artist they’re interested in learning more about.

 
On the Ground

Breathing Fresh Air

By Samyuktha Punthambekar

Samyuktha Punthambekar, an Indian classical dancer for over twenty years, interviews Ilter Ibrahimof, artistic director of Fall for Dance North, in anticipation of the festival in October.

Peter Kelly / Photo by Shakeil Rollock
 
On the Ground

Dancing with Emotion: Q & A with Peter Kelly

By Elise Tigges

Only two years out of the dance program at George Brown College (GBC) in Toronto, Peter Kelly has already found a growing place for himself in the Toronto dance community.

 
On the Ground

On Cultural Voyeurism and Indigenous Creation

By Alicia Elliott

Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott spent a day at the Living Ritual Festival and notices that issues for Indigenous creators are similar across disciplines. “We want to stop focusing on educating non-Indigenous people with our work, too, and instead focus our energy on creating art that’s meaningful to our own people.”

Tracey Norman with daughter Pearl and students of York University / Photo by Raphael Roter
 
On the Ground

Dancing into Parenthood

By Grace Smith

Childcare information and ideas for dance artists

Nicole Ward / Photo by Michael Slobodian
 
On the Ground

Stepping into the Company: Q & A with Nicole Ward

By Emma Kerson

In 2016, Bolivian native Nicole Ward was presented with Ballet BC’s Outstanding Young Dancer Award, recognizing her work as an apprentice and aimed at helping her as she transitioned to a full company member in the 2016/17 season

 
On the Ground

Rainy Days

By Lee Slinger

Saving money and thinking about retirement for dance artists

 
On the Ground

Red Lion: Q & A with Irish dancer Michaela Hinds

By Emma Kerson

Six-time World Champion Michaela Hinds discusses her long and full career as a competitive Irish dancer.

 
On the Ground

North through South

By Brittany Duggan

Filmmaker Nettie Wild invites different artistic disciplines to interpret key characters from her latest documentary, KONELĪNE:our land beautiful.

 
On the Ground

Time on Tour

By Scott McCabe

Compagnie Marie Chouinard dancer Scott McCabe takes us on tour with him, from packing to airports, through amazing as well underwhelming experiences.

 
On the Ground

Finding Rhythm, Finding Soul: Q & A with Alexandra Clancy

By Denise Solleza

Vancouver tap dancer Alexandra Clancy explores the intersections of the contemporary and the traditional.

 
On the Ground

Research and Development

By Sasha Ivanochko, Lee Slinger

Catching up with Sasha Ivanochko

 
On the Ground

Dangerous Dancing: The Arab Dance Platform

By Dena Davida

The choreography presented at the Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD) was frequently intense, even fierce. Imbued with a powerful sense of purpose and, of course, a search for identity, defying censorship, never doubting its inherent authenticity

 
On the Ground

Dance at Toronto’s Luminato Festival 2016

By Miya Shaffer

Of the dance I saw, both A Study on Effort and a performance by Yes Yes Y’all demonstrated a sense of adventure while keeping to Luminato’s larger, and founding, vision.

 
On the Ground

Canada Celebrates Dance @CDF2016

The most remarkable part of the whole experience for me was the amazing sense of community. Every show was attended by people of all different ages. Almost every single show sold out and by the end had almost everyone standing on their feet in applause.

 
On the Ground

Cruise Ship Dancing with Edmonton’s Sierra Lacombe

Three months ago I was hired as a production cast dancer for Royal Caribbean Productions aboard the Quantum of the Seas, the second largest ship in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines fleet. It’s my dream job.

Go to page:

LISTINGS THIS WEEK