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Reconsidering Public Space

The Complete Artist Interviews By Brittany Duggan

Interviews with creators/performers of site-specific dance in public space.

Canadian Tap Dance

On Stage and Screen By Lys Stevens

On February 12th, choreographer and soloist Brock Jellison joined 120 volunteer tap dancers performing at Vancouver's BC Place for the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Dance in Public Schools

A Study (excerpt)

The following is an excerpt from the concluding chapter of Mark Richard's MA thesis, titledFinding the key to dance in elementary schools: A study of the current status of dance education in one Ontario school board.

Gradimir Pankov

On Choreographers, Dancers and Life Before Les Grands By Philip Szporer

It’s a brutal, bone-chilling, windy Montréal afternoon. As a gust literally blows me indoors, Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Les Grands), greets me with a friendly smile and open arms.

 

Dance Scenes From the Interior

In process with Jeanne Renaud By Richard Simas

She whispers to a technician while shooting a sequence for her current dance-film project, Blanc Noir ou Rien, (White Black or Nothing) and steps lightly behind the camera dolly as it traces a wide circular path around performers Louise Bédard and Sylvain Émard.

Protein

Recent Research and Debate By Nathan Payne

Editor's Note: In the November 2009 print issue of The Dance Current, our "Healthy Dancer" column focussed on the body's need for and use of protein. A discussion ensued in our letters to the editor in December/January 2009/10, which inspired writer Nathan Payne to develop a longer article on the topic.

 

A "Selfish" Impulse Turned Invitation

Older and Reckless is Ten By Carol Anderson

Older and Reckless, started by Toronto-based dancer/choreographer Claudia Moore, is celebrating its tenth anniversary season in 2009/10. A full programming history to date follows this article.

The Demise of Le Groupe Dance Lab

The End of An Era, Part 2 By Michael Crabb

Ottawa's Le Groupe Dance Lab, for more than twenty years a vital incubator of dance creativity under the artistic direction of Peter Boneham, closed permanently last summer.

The Demise of Le Groupe Dance Lab

The End of An Era, Part 1 By Michael Crabb

For those not watchful of events at Ottawa's Le Groupe Dance Lab, the July 31st announcement that it would be closing its doors forever came as a stunning shock.

 

First Last Thoughts

On Michael Jackson and Pina Bausch By Seika Boye

When pop icon Michael Jackson and German choreographer Pina Bausch died within five days of one another in late June, my Facebook homepage was suddenly filled with the voices of dancers.

The Weight of Words

The Second États généraux de la danse professionnelle du Québec By Marie Claire Forté

“The written word endures and is eventually accepted as authority,” proclaimed Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) director Lorraine Hébert at the launch of the second États généraux de la danse professionnelle du Québec, a summit conference on professional dance in the province.

Participatory Performance

Looking On From Inside By Cara Spooner

Editor’s Note: From February 4th through 7th, 2009, Bluemouth Inc. presented their participatory dance experience Dance Marathon at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto. The concept of participatory or interactive art has been rising in dance performance of late. Toronto-based dancer Cara Spooner was an “insider” participant in the Bluemouth event and here recounts her experience.

 

In Process with Peter Quanz: Part 3

Interview with Peter Quanz, Anton Lubchenko and Elena Tchernichova By Selma Odom

Choreographer Peter Quanz and composer Anton Lubchenko reflected on the production of In Colour after its last performance by The National Ballet of Canada in March.

 

In Process with Peter Quanz: Part 2

Interview with Peter Quanz By Selma Odom

Peter Quanz has just embarked on orchestra and tech rehearsals with The National Ballet of Canada for In Colour, which opens March 4th.

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