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Moving Bodies

How does the centrality of bodily experience affect interdisciplinarity in dance? By Helen Simard

It is perhaps the presence of the body – and a desire to express one’s self through and from the body – that continues to define dance as an art form.

 

Pursuing Pauses with Patience at Angikam Seminar

Kathak guru Nahid Siddiqui advises students to slow down while chasing the beat By Aparita Bhandari

Patience might be the last word that many kathak dancers think of when either practising or preparing for a show. After all, for the most part, kathak is known these days for fast, stomping footwork and pirouettes that leave the audience dizzy in their seats. But for Nahid Siddiqui, one of the foremost proponents of kathak today, patience is the key to unlocking the potential – of both the form and the dancer.

 

Diving Deep: David Zambrano and Mat Voorter

A series of conversations with mid-career contemporary dance artists By Danielle Baskerville

Toronto dance artist Danielle Baskerville speaks with contemporary dance artists in their mid-career and beyond about how they sustain themselves and how they move forward – physically, creatively, psychically, practically. In this conversation, she captures the life and experience of dance artists David Zambrano and Mat Voorter in their home in Anderlecht, Brussels, in Belgium.

 

Diving Deep: Valerie Calam

A series of conversations with mid-career contemporary dance artists By Danielle Baskerville

Toronto dance artist Danielle Baskerville speaks with contemporary dance artists in their mid-career and beyond about how they sustain themselves and how they move forward – physically, creatively, psychically, practically. She recorded chats from Brussels, Belgium, and Berlin, Germany, and continues the conversations back home in Canada.

 

New Season Reads

By Emma Kerson

Whether you’re headed back to school or not, the September air always brings about the feeling of education. If you’re looking to expand your horizons with dance literature this fall, here are a couple of new books we feel are worth adding to your reading list.

 

The Creative Gesture

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity By Sarah Todd

The Creative Gesture, the inaugural contemporary dance residency led by sessional Banff dance director Emily Molnar and program head Stephen Laks, demonstrates responsiveness within a very ambitious and structured four weeks in the mountains.

 

Moving Beyond the Pas-de-Deux

Four Montréal-based dance artists discuss gender in contemporary dance By Helen Simard

Helen Simard discusses issues of gender in contemporary dance with four Montréal-based dance artists.

 

Canadian Dance Goes Audio

Radio and Podcasts Take the Stage By Rachel Maddock

Did you know that Canada produces a number of rich listening resources for dancers? Here are some Canadian dance audio highlights for you to tune into.

 

Ballet BC Rehearsal Director Sylvain Senez Retires

By Brittany Duggan

In a phone interview with The Dance Current, Ballet BC’s longtime rehearsal director, Sylvain Senez, reflects on his time with the company, how dance has changed in the past thirty-five years, and what he’s got planned next.

 

Habitual Gestures

By Pia Lo

Dancer, choreographer and teacher Meredith Kalaman

 

Into the Tao is Full of Street Dance Soul

By Rachel Maddock

Street dance is vibrant and brimming with talent in Vancouver. Into the Tao is a journey into a street dancer’s mind and the psychology of going into a dance battle. In this project, Kim Sato explores the reasons why street dancers put themselves through battles, when it can be incredibly stressful and physically demanding.

 

Cross-Canada Checkup

Canada Dance Festival takes the pulse of dance in Canada By Kathleen Smith

Now gearing up for its twentieth edition, CDF offers an important accounting of the state of the art of dance across the country. With regular “off-year” events and a full-on festival every other year, the festival is dedicated to growing audiences in the Ottawa region and providing a meeting site for dance artists across regional, generational, cultural and disciplinary lines.

 

Lucilla Munaretto Returns to the Stage

By Brittany Duggan

Coastal City Ballet dancer Lucila Munaretto, the twenty-one-year-old who was in a near-fatal rollerblading accident last summer, makes a comeback with a character role in new Swan Lake.

 

Skating on the (B)rink

By Philip Szporer

With their daring innovations and flair, and an undeniably egalitarian mode of presentation, Montréal’s Le Patin Libre is gliding its way onto the world stage, continually igniting and spurring on new support and interest for the work and the group’s ambitions.

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