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Humour, Words and Some All-Out Dance 

By Kaija Pepper Dancing on the Edge Festival 2003 Dancing on the Edge Festival

The fifteenth annual Dancing on the Edge, presented by the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver from July 3rd through 13th, was a remarkably mature edition.

Dance and Biology 

By Kathleen Smith Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science 2  Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science

Its always cause for celebration when artists look beyond their own navels for inspiration. 

Inspired Responses  

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Series 8:08 Season Finale 2003  Series 8:08

Responses in poetry.

Liquid Memory 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Watermark: visible when held against light Michelle Silagy

A poetic response. 

 

Sleek Statements 

Reclusive Conclusions and other duets Tedd Robinson

The world premiere of Tedd Robinson’s production Reclusive Conclusions and other duets is definitely one of the highlights of dance in the nation’s capital this season. In a break from his self-labelled “reclusive existence” as a solo artist, the Ottawa-based Robinson choreographed three duets for himself and guest artists Mako Kawano, Louise Lecavalier and Margie Gillis. 

 

Deconstruct/Disconnect 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel The King and Queen of Ruins, In Good Company Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson, Shannon Cooney

Through short reviews and poetry, I have charted my experiences of DanceWorks’ double bill, The King and Queen of Ruins/In Good Company, performed at the duMaurier Theatre Centre in Toronto from March 13th-15th and featuring the work of choreographers Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson and Shannon Cooney. 

 

Martial Arts Meets Sea Shanty 

By Kaija Pepper Cyclops battery opera, Lee Su-Feh, David McIntosh

“Cyclops” is a loose compilation of myths and imagery about the sea, created by battery opera co-directors Lee Su-Feh and David McIntosh.  

 

Blurred Bodies, Bionic Bodies 

By Philip Szporer Amelia Édouard Lock, La La La Human Steps

“Amelia” is one of the most anticipated dance productions of the season. After a much-ballyhoued European tour, and a stop in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre for the Canadian premiere, Édouard Lock’s La La La Human Steps opened the Festival Montréal En Lumière.

 

A Personal View of Humanity 

Beauty Julia Sasso

Every so often an artist makes a definitive work – one that encapsulates his or her vision of the nature of humanity and the world. Such provocative works stimulate discussion that resonates beyond the particulars of the work itself. 

 

Peggy Baker's "Home" Season 

By Kathleen Smith Home Peggy Baker Dance Projects

If home is where the heart is, dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker’s domestic turf must surely encompass the entire planet – Baker can wear her heart on her sleeve like no other performer.

 

A Bazaar of Impressions 

By Philip Szporer Schatje George Stamos

George Stamos is the kind of choreographer that can’t make tidy dances, but that’s not to say he doesn’t use his material judiciously. In “Schatje” (the affectionate Dutch word “honey”, which, according to Stamos, is used by gays, prostitutes and drag queens), he’s feeding on club and strip joint behaviour in a theatrical setting, and everything and everyone is open to scrutiny – the manipulator and the manipulated, the subject/object and the viewer/viewed.

Of Wishes and Driftwood 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Snakes in my Belly Nicole Fougère

A poetic response.

 

Juxtaposition 

By Kathleen Smith Converse, Virgin Queen Toronto Dance Theatre, Peter Chin, Matjash Mrozewski

Compare and contrast. The recent Toronto Dance Theatre double bill of premieres by Toronto choreographers Peter Chin and Matjash Mrozewski provided a rare opportunity to get analytical about two very different approaches to dance. 

 

Still-Life Inspires Motion 

By Philip Szporer elles Louise Bédard

Choreographer Louise Bédard’s deep respect for Modotti has inspired her new production, “elles”.

people : life 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Channel 3: Glass Anchor, Idle Heidi Strauss, Justine Chambers

More poetic responses to motion. 

 

A Cerebral Take on a Swirling Tale 

By Kaija Pepper Scheherazade John Alleyne, Ballet BC

Vancouverites had to wait until mid-November for the ballet season to open this year, when Ballet British Columbia premiered artistic director John Alleyne’s “Scheherazade”.  

 

"An Orgy of the Ordinary" 

By Rebecca Todd Volio Lola McLaughlin

As a victim of the hyped-up Toronto lifestyle, I’m grateful when artists have the courage to make works that slow time and open space. As a case in point, I went to Lola McLaughlin’s “Volio” tired and hassled and not at all in the mood for contemporary dance.

Rain-Soaked, Wind-Soaked 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel The Satie Project Serge Bennathan, Dancemakers, Eve Egoyan

A poetic response.

 

Not Just for Dance People 

By Philip Szporer Courage mon amour Cas Public

It’s not just dance people who will be interested in the new Cas Public production, “Courage mon amour”, by choreographer Hélène Blackburn. 

Luna: She, He, All 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Luna O Vertigo

A response in poetry to O Vertigo’s “Luna”.

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