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Belinda McGuire’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Dancefilm Invigorates a Challenged Art Form

User control is a constitutive feature of electronic gaming but foreign to contemporary dance, making this project by the Canadian-born, New York-based indie dance artist Belinda McGuire genuinely innovative. By Deirdre Kelly

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Orange Is a Mesmerizing Duet on Human Connection

Joshua Chong reviews Plastic Orchid Factory’s production of Orange, an aching but welcome antidote in this era of physical distancing. By Joshua Chong

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Advertisement: Summer Dance Directory

A directory of Canadian and U.S. dance programs scheduled to take place in Summer 2021.

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Just What the Therapist Ordered

When Gina Fernandez was learning the most effective movements in targeting Parkinson’s disease, she noticed the similarities between them and bhangra and Bollywood. When she implemented them into her boxing classes, the clinical results amazed her. By Gina Fernandez

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Aching Distances

Ali Robson’s performance response to the visual art exhibition Dancing with Tantalus considers what is cultivated through the dynamic proximities of bodies, surfaces and art objects in virtual space. By Jillian Groening

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From Our Archives: Bonnie Kim Reflects on Dancing in Jean-Pierre Perreault’s JOE

Digidance, in collaboration with the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, presents Perreault’s JOE online March 17 through 23. The work was originally created in 1984, and the filmed version that audiences will see this week was produced in 1995 by Radio-Canada. This article, by JOE dancer Bonnie Kim about her experience dancing in the work, was originally published in the May 2004 issue of The Dance Current. By Bonnie Kim

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Writing With a Sharp Pencil

As a part of our series Dance Criticism: Perceptions, challenges and the future, Grace Wells-Smith speaks to four Canadian dance critics about how dance criticism fits into the current fold. By Grace Wells-Smith

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KNOW the RULES, WIN the GAME Is a Clever Look at the Artist in Politics

Kunji Ikeda presents “the artist” as vulnerable though essential to the state in his work KNOW the RULES, WIN the GAME. By Rachel Silver Maddock

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CoLABenDirect

A new video app will launch this month, with the goal of freeing artists from their dependence on grant funding for travel. By Anne Dion

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Dovercourt House To Close After 21 Years as Toronto’s Dance Hub

The three dance production companies housed at Dovercourt House at 805 Dovercourt Rd. released a statement in March 2021 that the dance hub has been forced to close after more than 20 years. They call the closure “the city’s latest cultural casualty.” By Emily Latimer

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Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Drive-In Show Is an Innovative Pandemic Performance

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ There is something in the details takes place through the windows of the company’s building. Music and voice-overs stream through a radio frequency that you can access in your car. Every vehicle is parked on an angle so that each cohort can have the best sightlines, and instead of applause, people honk their horns in appreciation. This is pandemic performance. By Jenna Shummoogum

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Clicking Refresh

Kallee Lins speaks with three professionals from very different organizations about what they think the legacy of COVID-19 will be on the relationship between funders and those they support and whether they think these positive shifts in granting practices will continue long-term. By Kallee Lins

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