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Konversations on Colour: A Report

By Collette Murray

While anticipating a new decade of growth and possibilities, the dance community came to an unprecedented halt in March 2020. But under COVID-19 restrictions, an even greater emergence impacts the emotional well-being, spirits, safety and livelihoods of Black people: Anti-Black racism.

 
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Fast Adapting

By Dylan Schoenmakers

Festival Accès Asie (FAA) celebrates it’s twenty-fifth anniversary with a swift pivot due to COVID-19 closures. Dylan Schoenmakers speaks with the FAA team to find out how they managed the organizational shift.

A living room with a blue sofa and colourful pillows
 
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A Photographer’s Tips for Filming Dance at Home

By Anne Dion

Winnipeg-based photographer Leif Norman shares his tips for making at-home dance videos look and sound their best during COVID-19 isolation.

Still from Dasgupta's Beyond Moving / Courtesy of Hot Docs
 
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From South Africa to Canada, to the Big Screen

By Anne Dion

A 2019 documentary, Beyond Moving, by Vikram Dasgupta, profiles second soloist with the National Ballet, Siphesihle November. The film premiered in Canada as part of the Hot Docs’ Doc Soup series in February 2020.

Hytes / Photo by Colin Gaudet
 
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Ballet, Drag and Everything In Between

By Sean Young

Brooke Lynn Hytes, season eleven runner-up and first Canadian queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, is sashaying back to her hometown, Toronto. She’ll be performing with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on March 7 and 8 at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Ryerson dance students in AGO Live: 100 Years of Merce Cunningham / Photo by Marlowe Porter
 
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The Dancers Are the Work

By Selma Odom

Dylan Crossman speaks with Selma Odom about his restaging of Changing Steps, discussing the influence of Merce Cunningham’s philosophy on his dancing, teaching, and choreographing.

 
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A Languid Blues Dancer

By Michèle Moss

The Dance Current caught up Catherine Hayward while on tour with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

 
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Following the Unknown

By Michael Lake

Prior to the debut of her new work, Wild Within, Sara Coffin talks to writer Michael Lake about the creation process.

 
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Voting 101

By Kate Cornell

Everything you need to know about voting this October and why it matters for the arts sector.

 
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Where Dance Meets Opera

What is it like for dance artists who work in operatic productions? The Dance Current talks to Tyler Gledhill about his experiences.

 
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Hands On

By Anne Dion

What if our first impression of someone was through touch alone? Dance-filmmaker Marites Carino has put aside her camera in order to answer that question. Her newest project, HANDSHACK, is an interactive installation that sets up a blind “hand date” between strangers, a handshake turned improvised pas de deux.

 
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Brought to Life

By Anne Dion

This October, Alberta Ballet is bringing a legend to life with their production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Preparing for his first horror ballet, Jean Grand-Maître spoke to The Dance Current about honing the details of the production.

 
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Slicing Through Identities

By Philip Szporer

Discussing her newest creation, CUTLASS SPRING, Dana Michel speaks about the inspiration behind her experimental and intimate exploration of sexuality within identity.

 
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Redefining Recital

By Ileanna Cheladyn

Artemis Gordon, artistic director of the Arts Umbrella dance program, ensures that this school’s season finale will be anything but tedious. Performance is a tool of edification and experience, and what Gordon values is deeper than showmanship.

 
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Closing Act

By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current caught up with Xiao Nan Yu on the eve of her retirement from her tenure at the National Ballet of Canada.

 
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Heading South

By Grace Wells-Smith

Working in the United States requires patience, planning and help.

 
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Nurturing Impulse

By Rachel Silver Maddock

Jennifer Mascall talks about the role of improvisation in her career as both a performer and choreographer and reflects on her recent two-week improvisation workshop.

 
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Competition Becomes Celebration

By Erin Baldwin

In many ways, The Erik Bruhn Prize does away with the cutthroat atmosphere of competition and becomes more like a showcase for burgeoning young dancers, contemporary choreography and some of the finest pas de deux in the classical repertoire.

 
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Getting Involved at the Federal Level

By Kate Cornell

Why should the dance community care about politics? Kate Cornell writes about why it’s important for dance artists to get involved and offers tips on how to convincingly speak to politicians.

 
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She's Got the "Taksu"

Firda Wijaya teaches and performs Indonesian folk dance in Vancouver. The Dance Current published a profile on Wijaya in our January/February 2019 issue. Here is the full conversation.

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