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A Wealth of Influences 

By Kaija Pepper Tao (The Way) Wen Wei Dance

It’s the individual movement that stays with you: bodies, male and female, unfurling legs and arms, flattening their torsos forward, winding and reaching like exotic plants trying to face the sun or growing in all directions in fast motion right before your eyes. 

Alchemy of a Dance Festival: FIND-Lab Part 2 

By Kathleen Smith Festival international de nouvelle danse  Festival international de nouvelle danse 

The second part of this year’s edition of FIND was characterized by unusually fine weather outdoors, uneven programming indoors and an absolute obsession with technology everywhere you looked. Could these three elements possibly be related? 

 

Searching for Dance: FIND-Lab Part 1 

By Philip Szporer Festival international de nouvelle danse  Festival international de nouvelle danse 

From high culture venues to warehouse-styled art spaces on Montréal’s tenderloin, Festival international de nouvelle danse (also known as FIND-Lab) audiences had the opportunity to witness in real-time Gertrude Steins adage that “great art is irritation”.  

 

Faces of Memory 

By Philip Szporer Cinq voix, cinq visages Jane Mappin

In “Cinq voix, cinq visages”, choreographer Jane Mappin conjures up a whole community of dancers, singers, storytellers and a mixed-generation cast, in a ninety-minute medley of stage performance along with video interviews and moving images. Mappin says she’s fascinated by the idea of memory. 

 

Questions of Contrast 

Asht Nayika: Eight Different Heroines Usha Gupta

Usha Gupta’s “Asht Nayika” was the first performance in the 25th anniversary season presented by the Brian Webb Dance Company in Edmonton. This fusion exploration brought together kathak dance, Usha Gupta’s South Asian form, as well as flamenco and modern dance to explore the central theme translated as “Eight different states of women.” 

 

Dance from the Heart 

By Kathleen Smith (a)round 2 Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracey, Four Chambers Dance Projects

When words fail, dance can still tell an eloquent story. But how satisfying it is when words and movement are mixed in just the right proportions (for me, three parts dance to one part language) to present complicated ideas about personal history, emotional truth and the sad/funny foibles of the human condition.  

Parks Full of Dance 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Dusk Dances  Dusk Dances

Neither the dark sky, nor the wet grass deterred the formidable crowd from coming out on the evening of July 11th, to enjoy the first park on Corpus two-park Dusk Dances festival. This year marks producers David Danzon and Sylvie Bouchards ninth event. Since its inception, Dusk Dances has become a summer-time institution  

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.

Setting IDAC In Motion 

By Paula Citron In Motion   Integrated Dance Artists Collective

In this expanded review, I hope that the enterprising young women of Integrated Dance Artists Collective (IDAC) won’t mind if I use them as an example for all groups on an inaugural run.

Liquid Memory 

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

A poetic response. 

Language of Dance 

By Gregory C. Beatty Stream of Dance Festival  Stream of Dance Festival

Since its founding in 1986, New Dance Horizons has gained strength with each passing year. In 2002, it took its most ambitious step yet, organizing and presenting Stream of Dance, a three-day festival devoted to prairie dance.  

 

Everything Except Time 

By Kaija Pepper Sheepman Dreams Kokoro Dance, Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi

Kokoro Dance’s “Sheepman Dreams” is an hour-long submersion into the deep, dark consciousness of a long sleep. The slow, earthbound movement traps the dancers and audience in its own unnaturally extended sense of time and space.  

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