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Interior Worlds 

By Pamela Anthony "I'm Standing Here Before You", "Still" Brian Webb, Tania Alvarado

It’s characteristic of Brian Webb to offer the complex contradictions of his work with extreme simplicity. This quality is particularly evident in his latest performance, “I’m standing here before you”, a modern and highly theatrical event that involves spoken text, extensive video art, five on-stage musicians and a very tall red ladder.

 

Liquid and Vapour 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel "INKCrossfade2AIR" Andrea Nann, Lydia Wagerer

In a co-production by DanceWorks CoWorks Series and dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada (d:mic/fac), presenter Yvonne Ng brought together Toronto’s Andrea Nann and Quebec City’s Lydia Wagerer in an intimate evening of choreography, entitled “INKCrossfade2AIR”, that explores both grace and intimacy in their extremities. In all three pieces, the audience witnesses the process of engaged transformation.  

 

Paper, Fire and a Dying Swan 

By Kaija Pepper "A Fabulous Disaster" Denise Clarke

For most of “A Fabulous Disaster”, Denise Clarke wears a white paper jumpsuit, with a white hood covering her head. Her costume puffs out around her, making her look bigger than she really is. Clarke’s body language, too, is bigger, more expansive.

 

between and beyond 

By Sara Porter invisible borders Louise Bédard, Doug Varone, Michael Trent, the empty collective

“invisible borders”, presented by the empty collective and Danceworks, ran November 4th through 6th at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly duMaurier Theatre Centre). The show was envisioned by dancer/choreographer Michael Trent as an exploration of a “multiplicity of viewpoints” and manifested as a mixed repertory program by choreographers with three contrasting aesthetics and from three different cities: Louise Bédard from Montréal, Doug Varone from New York, and Trent from Toronto - who was also the show’s producer and featured performer.

 

Opposites Attract 

By Susan Kendal "Fading Shadows / Returning Echoes" Yvonne Ng, Robert Glumbek, Dominique Dumais, Tedd Robinson

The contrast between tall and small was explored in triplicate in ‘Fading Shadows / Returning Echoes’, a concert of duets for Yvonne Ng and Robert Glumbek, presented by Ng and her company Tiger Princess Dance Projects. With poignancy and precision, the program of three works featured the dancers’ strengths and vulnerabilities, both personal and archetypal.

 

Apricot Trees Exist  

By Philip Szporer "Apricot Trees Exist" Roger Sinha

Roger Sinha’s new work for six dancers, “Apricot Trees Exist”, which opened at the Agora de la danse, is reflective, but nonetheless removed from the personal. Now more than ever, the Montréal-based choreographer seems concerned with breaking away from the labels that may have described his work in the past.  

 

Techno-Divinity? 

By Kaija Pepper "Grace" Joe Laughlin, jamie griffiths

Grace, it would appear, is a rich state of being. According to the traditional hymn, “Amazing Grace”, “ ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear/And grace my fears relieved&.” We say grace before a meal to show thankfulness. The ability to move gracefully is an important skill for a dancer.  

 

Edges of Life 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel "The Countess of Main Events", "In Silence" Susie Burpee, Lesandra Dodson

In the first program of the 2004 Dancemakers Presents season, Toronto-based artists Susie Burpee and Lesandra Dodson premiered their respective new works “The Countess of Main Events” and “In Silence” from September 30th through October 2nd. Together these works created a physically powerful evening of dance that explored the intimate matters of love, loss and madness.  

Four Years, Four Warriors 

By Catalina Fellay "Drona" Devraj Patnaik, Chitralekha Odissi Dance Creations

For Chitralekha Odissi Dance Creations, it is the second year of a four-year cycle recounting the ancient Hindu story of four warriors. This year’s performance, “Drona”, which recounts the story of the Rishi (Sage) Drona in two distinct acts, ran from September 30th to October 2nd at the Leah Posluns Theatre in North York. 

 

Elastic Charisma 

By Philip Szporer "Slicing Static" Victor Quijada, Rubberbandance Group

Rubberbandance Group’s “Slicing Static” explores dance and theatre, working thematically with the insecurity and the uncertainty of our lives. Choreographer Victor Quijada warms up the audience members as soon as they enter the big open theatre space of Usine C, a former jam factory in the city’s east end that is home to the dance-theatre company Carbone 14.

 

Multimedia Metamorphosis 

By Garth Von Buchholz "Diving Girl"  Karen Kuzak

What happens when you take 1950s-style, post-modern idealist icons of bathing beauties and synchronized swimmers, then deconstruct them to create a sinewy, subversive dance that transforms the women into something more primal and mythical? 

 

DNA: Radical, Shmadical 

By Kathleen Smith "I Know and Feel That Fate is Harsh But I am So Loathe to Accept This"  Hillar Liitoja, DNA Theatre

If the world of contemporary dance is a bit of a closed community, not always so welcoming to outsiders who come from other than the conventional channels, the world of classical ballet is more so – a family compact. You’d better be bringing something pretty special as an offering to the patriarchs if you hope to sit down at the dinner table and be listened to. 

 

Patchwork but Persistent 

By Philip Szporer, Kaija Pepper, Kate Cornell, Bridget Cauthery, Marie Claire Forté Canada Dance Festival 2004  Canada Dance Festival

It’s been a rough road for the Canada Dance Festival this year, first facing funding shortfalls, and subsequently narrowing the programming to fourteen performances, down from thirty-one two years ago. Organizers of the tenth edition, not willing to relinquish much else, splashed the slogan “Dare to turn up the heat” in riposte. 

Running Wild 

By Debbie Blaire Running Wild The Holy Body Tattoo  

“Running Wild” by choreographers Noam Gagnon and Dana Gingras was an evening of postmodern angst, featuring short dance performances created by Holy Body Tattoo artistic directors and dancers Dana Gingras and Noam Gagnon for themselves and dancers Day Helesic and Blair Neufeld.

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