James Oscar


James Oscar studied closely under the Martiniquan poet Edouard Glissant. He has published The Perch at Black Night (Pegasus Press, 2009) and The Horns of Moses (Magenta Press, 2014). His work has been performed at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1. Oscar has been named one of Centre de Création O Vertigo’s 2017/18 Writers on Dance in Residence. His forthcoming collection of essays surrounding contemporary dance is titled Citizens of the Invisible Army. Most recently he has written, researched and interviewed dancers and visual artists for Cult MTL, CBC and Art Practical. 

James Oscar's Work


Performing Radical Sincerity

Dana Michel’s CUTLASS SPRING By James Oscar

Dana Michel’s latest serving challenges us to reach into our imaginations to create our own intimate vocabularies while sitting with the work.

In Review

By Valeria Nunziato, James Oscar, Rachel Silver Maddock, Aparita Bhandari, Philip Szporer, Fawnda Mithrush, Molly Johnson, Mark Mann, Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current reflects on a year of dance criticism, by placing image and text together


Discovering That “Little Girl”

Claudia Chan Tak’s Bienvenue chez moi, petite Malgache-Chinoise By James Oscar

Our particular moment could perhaps be qualified as one of the strides of disjuncture and difference across the country, but perhaps most acutely in Montréal. Claudia Chan Tak’s new work Bienvenue chez moi, petite Malgache-Chinoise speaks to this disjuncture of identity politics.


How Can We Be Fine?

Festival Quartiers Danses’ quadruple bill By James Oscar

Festival Quartiers Danses offered works by Morgane Le Tiec, Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, Elizabeth Suich and Mélanie Demers. The evening’s performances might have asked, “How might one differently totter, differently walk or differently move beyond our present fragile contemporary lives?”