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Cycling Back and Running on Empty

Marathon By Mark Mann Marathon

The arrival of Progress Festival, a new international performance festival in Toronto, took an existential turn for the city’s stage artists, and in particular its dancers and choreographers. Among comparisons to other performance ecosystems around the world, an oddly elemental debate was taking place. What is dance?

 

4 Solos and group

A report from the dance events of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival By Naomi Brand PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

A festival that prides itself on presenting works that take risks, the PuSh festival packed a lot of them into two weeks this winter in Vancouver.

 

Mixed Pairs

Dance and music collaborations challenge performers at Small Stage point 5 By Andrea Rabinovitch Small Stage point 5

Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, soggy Vancouverites entered the Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge in Chinatown for Small Stage point 5, a MovEnt production. The younger sister of Dances for a Small Stage, which started in 2002, Small Stage point 5 is Artistic Producer Julie-anne Saroyan’s way of bringing it back down to a small scale and creating collaborations between music and dance in a non-traditional sense.

 

Facing African Dance Creation

By Lys Stevens Series C + Face 2 Face

For this third edition of the Face 2 Face series, Cathy Levy, National Arts Centre executive producer of dance, chose to highlight artists “whose lives and stories are rooted in Africa.”

 

WinterSong

By Paula Citron Wintersong - Dances for a Sacred Season

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s (CCDT) annual WinterSong is now in its twenty-seventh year. The program was established in 1988 by co-directors Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith as an antidote to the commercialism of the Christmas season. The teenagers that make up CCDT are consummate professionals who can dance rings around some of their adult colleagues.

 

Dancers Dwelling

By Andrea Rabinovitch Things Near and Far

Cohorts in the Vancouver dance scene, Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan and Ron Stewart have known and worked with each other for thirty years. But creating a concert together, things near & far at the Firehall Arts Centre, was a first. Choreographers Josh Martin and Tedd Robinson brought Dwelling, the title of both pieces, to fruition.

 

Threshold

By Pia Lo EDAM Presents...

East Vancouver’s EDAM Dance premiered the six-show run of Threshold – the first in its choreographic series for the 2014-2015 season – with a sold-out evening at their intimate studios.

 

Triple Bill

By Ben Portis Triple Bill Toronto Dance Theatre

Martingales, the new choreography by Christopher House that premiered in Toronto Dance Theatre’s (TDT) November run at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, received much more anticipation, attention and adulation than the other two works on the program – House’s Early Departures (1991) and Thomas Hauert’s Pond Skaters (2013), both remounts. This happened despite the fact that Martingales made its debut in a raw and provisional state.

 

Dream Interpretation

By Lucy M. May 6,3 Évanouissements

With all the improbabilities of a Haruki Murakami novel, 6,3 Évanouissements leads us on a playful chase through the back door of the theatre before we arrive in our seats. Once sedentary, our perspective on the stage is reconfigured from moment to moment.

 

The Three Musketeers

By Kate Stashko The Three Musketeers

Alberta Ballet has never been one to shy away from new ways of “doing” ballet and this season that means sword fighting, swashbuckling and high jumps. Their production of The Three Musketeers is a Canadian premiere, created by David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet in Leeds, England.

 

Le délire domestique

By Philip Szporer Le Délire Domestique

Le délire domestique by choreographer Deborah Dunn is an often absurd piece that is a response to a culture of division and the politics of domestic labour.

 

Surfacing

A Sawdon Dance premiere By Dani Finch Surfacing

You know a performance has captured you when it encourages you to explore your own emotions. Surfacing, a collection of four new solo works by Rebecca Sawdon of Winnipeg’s Sawdon Dance, had me on an emotional roller coaster throughout the performance – and at different points I was both disturbed and elated.

 

Tales of Despair and Cheer

By Mary Theresa Kelly Wag

In a seventy-minute solo, Denise Clarke moves from total despair to life-affirming joy, hitting a hundred shades of feeling and gesture in between and keeping the audience close every step of the way.

 

Soif

O Vertigo By Philip Szporer Soif

Thirty years of existence in a dance company’s life is more than a notable marker; it’s an achievement to celebrate and a time to pause and reflect on how the company’s dances are resonating with younger generations. Ginette Laurin’s O Vertigo hit this milestone this year, and delivered the world premiere of Soif to an appreciative hometown crowd.

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