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Kaija Pepper

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Kaija Pepper writes for several publications, including The Globe and Mail. The Man Next Door Dances: The Art of Peter Bingham, her third dance history book, was a finalist for the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award. She enjoys teaching writing at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. | Kaija Pepper [rédactrice invitée, rédactrice adjointe des critiques] écrit pour plusieurs publications, y compris The Globe and Mail. The Man Next Door Dances: The Art of Peter Bingham, son troisième livre d’histoire de danse, a été finaliste pour le prix du livre 2008 de la Ville de Vancouver. Elle aime bien enseigner la rédaction à la School for the Contemporary Arts de l’Université Simon Fraser. 

Kaija Pepper's Work

 

Moments Captured 

By Kaija Pepper, Eury Chang, Alana Gerecke, Mary Theresa Kelly, Sarah Todd Dancing on the Edge 2010  Dancing on the Edge

Capsule reviews by various writers, capturing the essence of the festival.

 

Multiple Perspectives

By Seika Boye, Julie Houle Cezer, Brittany Duggan, Kaija Pepper Canada Dance Festival  Canada Dance Festival

“Is You Me” (2007) by Benoît Lachambre,“Fragments – Volume 1” (Premiere) by Sylvain Émard Danse, Pre-Professional Culturally Diverse Training Program Showcase, Street/Stage, Q Dance/Quanz Danse and Guillaume Côté/Zdenek Konvalina, Dancemakers, Sinha Danse/Sampradaya, Naomi Stikeman, Robin Poitras, José Navas / Compagnie Flak “S” and “Villanelle”, Noam Gagnon / Compagnie Vision Selective “The Vision Impure”, Amber Funk/the response. “Status Quo”, “Cabinet”, “Valentina”, Ipsita Nova Dance Projects, Paul-André Fortier, Daniel Mroz, Les Ateliers du Corps, Coyote Arts Percussive Performance Association, Byron Chief Moon and COBA (Collective Of Black Artists) at the 2010 Canada Dance Festival.

 

Not Pleasing Proportions, but Fascinating Ones 

By Kaija Pepper “The Golden Mean (Live)” Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Marie Chouinard’s “The Golden Mean (Live)” is titled after the mathematical ratio used since ancient times to create pleasing proportions in art and architecture.

 

Also the Light of Laughter and Connection 

By Kaija Pepper “Dark Matters” Crystal Pite, Kidd Pivot

These are the images I keep returning to from Crystal Pite’s “Dark Matters”: a wooden puppet kneeling devoutly; a lighting rig dangling precariously from the flies above the stage, which is in chaos; Jermaine Spivey’s bright split-leg leaps; and Pite’s careful sewing up of Peter Chu’s chest, her slender fingers pushing the (imaginary) needle in and out.  

Three Fine Solos in Beautiful Brutish Columbia

By Kaija Pepper

Pulse featuring Claire French and Julie Lebel: Vancouver: September 18-19, 2009

A Whodunit, Danced

By Kaija Pepper

Goggles by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg: Vancouver: November 17-21, 2009

Not Pleasing Proportions, but Fascinating Ones

By Kaija Pepper

The Golden Mean (Live) by Compagnie Marie Chouinard: Vancouver: March 12-13, 2010

Also the Light of Laughter and Connection

By Kaija Pepper

Dark Matters by Crystal Pite: Vancouver: February 26-27, 2010

 

A Whodunit, Danced 

By Kaija Pepper “Goggles” Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

What I’d really like to do is share my theory about the murder mystery at the heart of “Goggles”, the solo by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg that recently premiered at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre’s freshly renovated theatre.  

 

Three Fine Solos in Beautiful Brutish Columbia 

By Kaija Pepper Pulse Claire French, Julie Lebel

Beautiful British Columbia is in shock at the brutal, recently announced cuts by the provincial government to arts funding, projected to be around ninety percent next year. So it was heartening see the buzz at Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Open House on a sunny September 19th, where a full schedule of performances, open rehearsals and classes celebrated the building’s eight years of existence.

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