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Santee Smith / Photo by Red Works
 

Summer and Fall Awards and Honours

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

 

A Tale of (Residency in) Two Cities

In the past few years, two of Canada’s most prominent contemporary dance companies have been shifting their perspective away from the traditional company structure, and the resulting expectations, toward creation hubs. The idea is to serve the evolving needs of the choreographic community. Now, Dancemakers Centre for Creation and Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) are teaming up to create a cross-city artistic bridge between Toronto and Montréal.

 

Reflections from Karen Kain

As The National Ballet of Canada prepares for their international tour, Karen Kain reflects on her twelfth year as artistic director.

 

Startling Works of the Moment, From the Past

From September 28th through 30th, the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa presents Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s Café Müller (1978) and The Rite of Spring (1975), an iconic double bill performed by the German contemporary dancetheatre company, entering its forty-fourth season. The Dance Current spoke with Cathy Levy, the executive producer for dance at the NAC, about bringing these international works to Canada.

 

Toronto's 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

A list of the winners and nominees of the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

 

Ancestralizing the Present

Ancestralizing the Present was a free event hosted at The Dance Centre on June 10, 2017, with performances by Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers), Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) and Aeriosa. The event marks the extension of Mique’l Dangeli’s doctoral thesis “Dancing Sovereignty: Protocol and Politics in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance” and it involved “taking the time to get to know one another” – an approach that Dangeli believes to be closer to “reconciliation” than projects that simply tick the boxes of inclusivity, or demand that Indigenous artists perform settlers’ expectations of Indigenous culture.

 

The Jam at the Toronto International Tap Dance Festival

Co-produced by Toffan Rhythm Projects and the Harbourfront Centre, the inaugural year of the Toronto International Tap Dance Festival featured performances, workshops, panel discussions and an all-are-welcome improvisational dance jam. As the final performance of the festival, The Jam provided a platform for dancers of all ages and levels to perform.

 

End of Season Awards

A roundup of recent award nominees and recipients.

 

Collaborative Practice

Assemblée Internationale 2017 took place this year from April 30 through May 6 at Canada’s National Ballet School. This international event takes place every four years and brings together training schools from all over the world to collaborate, learn and create.

Max Wyman / Photo by Yukiko Onley, courtesy of BC Alliance for Arts and Culture
 

New Criticism Award Launched in BC

On April 18, a new award that acknowledges excellence in critical writing and commentary on the visual, performing and literary arts will be celebrated in Vancouver. The Max Wyman Award for Cultural Commentary, or “The Max,” is the brainchild of community leader and philanthropist Dr. Yosef Wosk.

Roger Sinha / Photo by Michael Slobodian
 

Canada's International Dance Day Message 2017

Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) has issued a message on behalf of the dance community in Canada as part of International Dance Day (IDD) on April 29. This year’s IDD Ambassador is Montréal-based dance artist and Sinha Danse Artistic Director Roger Sinha. He was invited to share his message about dance’s integral place in the lives of Canadians.

David Zurak / Photo courtesy of Oliver Tobin
 

Remembering David Zurak

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and member of the Martha Graham Dance Company David Zurak died in New York on March 9, 2017, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Penelope Reed Doob / Photo courtesy of Dance Collection Danse
 

Remembering Penelope Reed Doob

Penelope Reed Doob, an influential dance scholar, historian and critic, died March 11, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Robert Binet and Karen Kain during a performance of The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Binet : Photo by Karolina Kuras
 

Winter Awards and News 2017

Holly Bright of Crimson Coast Dance Society was awarded one of two 2017 John Hobday Awards in Arts Management, Salomé Nieto won the 2017 VIDF Choreographic Award, Karen Kain, artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) has chosen to mentor Robert Binet, a choreographic associate of NBoC, as part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program, Meredith Kalaman and Arash Khakpour received Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Dance Artsis, Katherine Semchuk won the New Work Award from Good Women Dance Collective. In other news, Ballet BC announced the appointment of John Clark as the company’s new Executive Director.

Participants at Don’t Forget the Money! forum presented by Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery / Photo by Jayne Wilkinson
 

Don't Forget the Money!

Don’t Forget the Money! is the first in a new series of forums presented by Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery called Working with Concepts. The public discussion was aimed at navigating the unique labour processes in the interaction of artistic discipline of dance and various contemporary art contexts.

Sarah Chase and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg in conversation with Peter Dickinson at the Canadian Society for Dance Studies Biennial Conference, Vancouver in 2014 / Photo by Kathryn Ricketts
 

The Canadian Society for Dance Studies

In February 2017, the board of directors of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies / La Société canadienne d’études en dance and the organization’s founder, Amy Bowring, announced its dissolution, citing low membership renewals and consequently less access to administrative funding.

Wilder Espace Danse / Photo by Maxime Brouillet
 

Digging the New Digs

Wilder Espace Danse complex, a new centre for dance training and performance, opens in Montréal.

Battle, presented by TUDS, at DanceWeekend'17 : Photo courtesy of Dance Ontario.jpg
 

Developing and Showcasing Dance in Ontario

Two recent events in Toronto allowed the Ontario dance community to come together to support and mentor the next generation of dancers while also showcasing the diversity of the current dance scene in the province.

Marc Jubete, Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 

New Year and End of Year Awards

Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco, both of the San Francisco Ballet, won the twelfth international Erik Bruhn Prize, the Prix de la danse de Montréal went to Édouard Lock, Daina Ashbee, Sophie Corriveau and Gilles Savary, Atlantic Ballet Theatre was named a 2016 Champion of Cultural Diversity by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Travis Lim of Vancouver won two gold medals at the 2016 International Dance Organization (IDO) Hip Hop Championships, Paul Tanguay won the National Arts Centre’s 2016 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring, Vivine Scarlett and Tess Vosper won Dance Ontario Awards, France Geoffroy of Corpuscule Danse won the Prix À part entière and Ontario Contact presented Dreamwalker Dance of Toronto with their 2016 Artist of the Year Award.

Sudha Khandwani / Photo courtesy of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
 

Remembering Sudha Khandwani

Sudha Khandwani, artistic director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, pioneered the contemporary face of South Asian classical dance while also paying homage to its rich tradition.

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