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Molly Johnson

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A native Cape Bretoner, Molly Johnson is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Molly works with such amazing people as Susie Burpee, Nova Bhattacharya and Heidi Strauss. She spends her summers performing in parks across Ontario and beyond with Dusk Dances and collaborates regularly with Forcier Stage Works. Molly dances for Montréal’s Le Carré des Lombes, interpreting Danièle Desnoyers’ acclaimed works across Canada and abroad. She was a 2012 recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Residency grant, a 2013 Finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award and there is a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance sitting on her desk. She has always written. thisismollyjohnson.com

Photo by Lauren Bunton

Molly Johnson's Work

 

A Cosmic Kind of Minimalism

Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Dual Light and a call to criticality By Molly Johnson

When introducing her new work, Andrea Nann is direct and affecting and serves to recast the stage as an “outer space” – a place between celestial bodies and also human ones. The work is part of DanceWorks 40th anniversary season.

Practice

Swing Dance By Molly Johnson

Moving beyond the gender binary

 

The Shape-Shifting Serpent

Aanmitaagzi draws from an historic Anishinaabe story to narrate contemporary issues By Molly Johnson Serpent People Presented by Coleman, Lemieux & Compagnie

Serpent People, takes its inspiration from an historic Anishinaabe story, The Black Sturgeon of Nipissing. While this story is an Anishinaabe one, the performers are artists from a range of communities, nations, clans and ancestries. The ensemble is appealingly egalitarian, a cast of varying ages, identities and skill sets who together create an image of real community – people working together across differences. The mythology of the serpent as shape-shifter and realm-crosser that Serpent People draws on is apparent in these artists, who shift from scene to scene adapting to fulfill roles foreign and familiar.

 

Rallying for Change

The past, present and future of the status of the independent dance artist in Canada By Molly Johnson

How can we improve the working and living conditions of independent dance artists in Canada? Thirty years ago three dance artists founded the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists to educate and advocate on behalf of dancers. How have working conditions of dancers changed since then? And what are the pressing issues that need to be addressed in the present?

The Status of the Independent Dance Artist

By Molly Johnson

How can we improve the working and living conditions of independent dance artists in Canada? Thirty years ago, three dance artists founded the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists to educate and advocate on behalf of dancers. How have working conditions of dancers changed since then? And what are the pressing issues that need to be addressed in the present?

Check It Out

The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir by Kenny Pearl By Molly Johnson

 

Weaving the Threads of Collaboration: Ten Years of The Whole Shebang

By Molly Johnson

Through Dreamwalker Dance Company, eight editions of The Whole Shebang have been produced in Toronto. And while Andrea Nann continues to work as a dancer, creator and teacher in a variety of contexts, this ever-evolving production has become her company’s signature event.

Dance Curation at dance: made in canada/fait au canada

A conversation between Tedd Robinson, Debashis Sinha and Yvonne Ng By Molly Johnson

Founded in 2000, dance: made in canada/fait au canada is a one-of-a-kind presenting platform of works from across the country. Guest curators, Tedd Robinson, Debashis Sinha and Yvonne Ng discuss their thinking and decision-making for this summer’s event.

Inspired!

Louise Bédard By Molly Johnson

Tap Talk

Lisa La Touche and Travis Knights In Conversation By Molly Johnson

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