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Decolonizing Dance Stages

This year in Canada, the conversation about diversity, inclusion and representation has been omnipresent. I’m profoundly happy that more presenters, curators and jurors have brought these words into their vocabulary. But I question what they’re really referring to. Do we all really feel and understand the urgency? More precisely, when asking, “What does the word diversity really mean?” the answers from the dance milieu are often incomplete, reflecting a lack of comprehension of the issues at stake. By Rhodnie Désir


What I Saw and How I Felt

Prevailing Voices features link, choreographed and performed by Evans, and Perdida, choreographed and performed by Leon and co-written with charles c. smith. The solos come together in a show about identity exploration and female self-empowerment. By Grace Smith


Writers & Readers

In just five short years, the now fifteen-year-old NAfro Dance Productions has made another leap in its own evolution as Western Canada’s African contemporary dance company. The second international Moving Inspirations Dance Festival once again brought the world to Winnipeg, while also proudly celebrating local dance artists who call the Prairie province home. By Holly Harris


Baryshnikov's Ties to Canada

Famed Soviet-American dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov will make a rare return to Toronto to perform in the Canadian premiere of BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV. The Dance Current asked Baryshnikov about his time in Canada and he responded by highlighting his relationships within the ballet community.


Cutting Paper

Cutting Paper

Cutting Paper is a short video work inspired by the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Choreographed and performed by Jennifer Dallas, with videography by Melanie Gordon, the work is described by them as telling the story of “a woman’s quiet revolution as she slowly develops the courage to listen to her own voice in a world that mistakes her clarity and creativity for insanity.”


Canadian Stage's Daring Dance Contest: Sponsored by Canadian Stage

Canadian Stage invites you to experience daring dance during their thirtieth anniversary season! Enter to win a pair of premium tickets to each of three daring and unique productions this winter. * Sponsored by Canadian Stage


Formal Mediations

PROSE - Film by Shawn Bracke

PROSE is a screendance collaboration loosely based on the romanticized story of Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr and plays with the idea of keeping a calm composure when faced with overwhelming pressure.


Discovering That “Little Girl”

Our particular moment could perhaps be qualified as one of the strides of disjuncture and difference across the country, but perhaps most acutely in Montréal. Claudia Chan Tak’s new work Bienvenue chez moi, petite Malgache-Chinoise speaks to this disjuncture of identity politics. By James Oscar


Summer and Fall Awards and Honours

A round up of the 2017 summer and fall awards, honours and news


The Politics of Dance

Ten years ago, in the Summer 2007 issue, Shannon Litzenberger, then executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, wrote a column about the dance community and the federal government, “Coping with the Conservatives: CDA reflects on a year of cultural policy under Canada’s new government.” The Dance Current asked current executive director Kate Cornell to comment on the changes over the past decade and the relationship with the Trudeau Liberal government. By Kate Cornell


Healthy Dancer

Dealing with post-performance depression By Jo-Anne La Flèche


This is Our Place

This is Our Place was a mini dance residency held and performed within a Toronto home in between tenants. Featuring six local dance artists over the course of three days, the residency concluded with a work-in-progress showing on November 4.