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Emma Doran

Editor (interim)

Emma Doran is a Toronto-based writer, editor and researcher. She recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the Modern Literature and Culture Centre at Ryerson University, where she researched the origins of dance criticism in popular periodicals. Before embarking on this research, Doran studied at Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers, completed an MA in dance at York University and a PhD in communicationand culture through Ryerson and York universities. She also worked at Dance Collection Danse and has been a contributor to The Dance Current for over a decade. 

Emma Doran's Work

Dancer's Kitchen

Emma's Brunch Bean Patty By Emma Doran

The Dance Current’s new interim editor, Emma Doran, shares a delicious, lovingly borrowed breakfast recipe


Moving Others

The relationship between audience engagement and attendance By Emma Doran

Most dance artists and presenters must negotiate the tension between creating work that meets their artistic goals, that is accessible to their community and that provides the fiscal support required to live as an artist and to run a company. Emma Doran speaks with artists, organizations and presenters across the country to discuss who they envision their audience, how they are seeking to reach those individuals and what constitutes meaningful engagement with them.

Moving Others

By Emma Doran

The relationship between audience engagement and attendance.

Beyond Bodies

Special feature on interdisciplinarity: Part 3 By Emma Doran

Thoughts on dismantling disciplines and other open questions


The Inertia of a Heavy Heart

DA Hoskins By Emma Doran Jackie Burroughs is Dead (and what are you going to do about it?)

Heavy-hearted, but not without curiosity, Hoskins’ choreography in this work is captive to gravity, and the dancers (purposefully) crumple under its inertia.

Inverse Cartography

Sandra Laronde of Red Sky Performance By Emma Doran

Drawing inspiration from the physical world, Sandra Laronde of Red Sky Performance creates works that reflect indigenous priorities in their conception, creation and presentation. The results are powerful performances that appeal to their many audiences.


Telling Histories in Present Tense

Royal Winnipeg Ballet By Emma Doran Going Home Star - truth and reconciliation

I attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s latest commission, Going Home Star, with eagerness and a drop of apprehension. How do I “judge” or describe the representation of this history that is so integral to present lives, policies and dialogues? Who am I to do this?


Rhythms of Familiar Lovers

By Emma Doran lifeDUETs

Featuring choreography by Benjamin Kamino and Tedd Robinson, lifeDUETs for Karen and Allen Kaeja is a meditation on how the emotional polarities of a long-term partnership are, in fact, not oppositional but cut from the same cloth.

Dance on DVD

By Emma Doran

Peggy Baker: The Choreographer’s Trust

Bravo! Encore?

From Performance to Preservation By Emma Doran

Younger generations of dance artists will continue to learn about their legacy through images and writing alone if we do not find ways to keep repertoire alive in the theatre. Are we willing to dances exist in memory alone?

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