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A Space to Ask Hard Questions

By Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson

Created by adelheid Artistic Director Heidi Strauss, re·research is a program that provides emerging dance artists with space, time and infrastructure to explore non-product-oriented creation and process.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

By Elise Tigges

During a week-long festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront, an exciting schedule brought unique performances from around the world. Through dance, music, theatre and puppetry, children were exposed to stories and cultures, from right here at home to as far away as Australia and Norway.

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TV's Tough Competitors

By Elise Tigges

Jenalyn Saraza-Pacheco and Luka Milacic-Perusina are a Toronto-based cabaret ballroom couple who are set to wow the audience in season two of World of Dance, a competitive dance TV series that airs on NBC (and CTV in Canada). After being cut in season one, they’re back and excited to challenge themselves.

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Jolene Bailie's Fringe Tips

Winnipeg-based dance artist Jolene Bailie offers tips for surviving the Fringe Festival.

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Strike A Pose

By Jillian Groening

Ralph Escamillan and Gerard X Reyes talk about their work in keeping vogue communities intergenerational.

Laura Avery, Hayley Rose Gawthrop and Roxanne Nesbitt in McInnes's ree-wahyld / Photo by Sophia Wolfe
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Yielding Mindful Footprints: Q & A with Kelly McInnes

By Emma Kerson

Vancouver-based artist Kelly McInnes creates socio-political dance that asks big questions.

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Phantom, stills & vibrations

By Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Nadine Changfoot

In her new work Lara Kramer confronts the complex and brutal relationships between Indigenous peoples and settler society, exploring the residual effects of the residential school system and the traumas that permeate in its wake.

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A Welcoming

The Dance Current spoke with Wunmi Idowu in anticipation of UNGANISHA – an inaugural Calgary festival brought to life by Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre and Creoternity Theatre. The festival is a dance theatre showcase celebrating the history and influence of African culture and contemporary dance.

Jason Martin in Falling by Martin and Janelle Hacault / Photo by Leif Norman
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Precious Pixels

By Grace Wells-Smith

The why and how of photography for dancers

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Aiming for Abstraction

By Xdzunúm Trejo

Paul-André Fortier’s latest work Trois closed the autumn season of Agora de la danse (November 22 through 25) and was also performed at the Germain Hotel Montréal’s Fou d’ici supermarket and a cafeteria in Google Montréal. Fortier and performers Mark Medrano and Naishi Wang spoke with The Dance Current about their experience of taking dance hors les murs, outside of the theatre context.

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The Physicality of Circus

By Megha Chatterjee

The Dance Current was invited behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA, to learn about the physical requirement of the work.

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Movement in Time

By Nicole Hamilton

How is Canada representing artists of the African diaspora? Special guest and Turn Out Radio host Nicole Hamilton interviews Vivine Scarlett and Kevin Ormsby about this issue and the performances in Movement in Time, which took place on October 14 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

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Embodying Our Alliances

By Vanessa Zeoli

This September, Harbourfront Centre rolled out the 2017/18 season of NextSteps: Canada’s Contemporary Dance Series that features companies and artists from across the country. The sixth season premiered with The Apology Project, an inter-arts work produced in association with Toronto’s pounds per square inch performance (lbs/sq”). The performances examines the bitter tensions between oppressor and oppressed, citing shame as the root cause of violence and suggesting embodied action, rather than language, as means to reconciliation.

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Mass Movement

By Mark Mann

Mark Mann details his experience dancing in Sylvain Émard’s Le Super Méga Continental, a mass movement spectacle of 375 professional and amateur dancers. The work was performed from September 15 through 17, 2017, as part of Montréal’s Festival TransAmériques.

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A New Company Member

By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current asked Arlyssa McArthur about her path into the company and how she balances her busy dance career with other commitments.

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What do You Want to Know about Dance?

By Sarah Lochhead, Anastasia Kolotova, Valeria Nunziato

On June 2, Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) hosted Sharing Dance Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The annual event is NBS’s flagship community outreach initiative, which offers free dance programs to the public. Toronto was just one out of the five cities to host official Sharing Dance events, with other cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. As part of the event The Dance Current asked attendees to tell us about a dance-related topic or artist they’re interested in learning more about.

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Breathing Fresh Air

By Samyuktha Punthambekar

Samyuktha Punthambekar, an Indian classical dancer for over twenty years, interviews Ilter Ibrahimof, artistic director of Fall for Dance North, in anticipation of the festival in October.

Peter Kelly / Photo by Shakeil Rollock
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Dancing with Emotion: Q & A with Peter Kelly

By Elise Tigges

Only two years out of the dance program at George Brown College (GBC) in Toronto, Peter Kelly has already found a growing place for himself in the Toronto dance community.

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On Cultural Voyeurism and Indigenous Creation

By Alicia Elliott

Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott spent a day at the Living Ritual Festival and notices that issues for Indigenous creators are similar across disciplines. “We want to stop focusing on educating non-Indigenous people with our work, too, and instead focus our energy on creating art that’s meaningful to our own people.”

Tracey Norman with daughter Pearl and students of York University / Photo by Raphael Roter
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Dancing into Parenthood

By Grace Wells-Smith

Childcare information and ideas for dance artists

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