Kathleen Smith


Kathleen Smith is a Toronto-based filmmaker, producer and writer with a special interest in movement and performance. Kathleen was editor of The Dance Current from July 2011 through April 2014. 

Kathleen Smith's Work


Truth and Narrative: New Dancefilm Releases 

By Kathleen Smith Recent and upcoming broadcasts on CBC and Bravo! Allen Kaeja, Mark Adam, Moze Mossanen, Charlie Cahill, Veronica Tennant, Édouard Lock

Finding the choreographic truth in dance on screen – generally devoid of text, narrative or other useful linguistic signposts – is sometimes a tricky business. The creators of a handful of important dancefilm projects, just out or soon to be broadcast, manage to frame their truths to greater or lesser degrees.  

A Spirited Portrait

By Kathleen Smith

Tziganes by Serge Bennathan for Dancemakers: Toronto: April 20-May 1, 2004

Intellectually Playful Dance

By Kathleen Smith

Sly Verb by Christopher House for Toronto Dance Theatre: Toronto: November 18-22, 2003

Alchemy of a Dance Festival: FIND-Lab Part 2

By Kathleen Smith

Festival International de nouvelle danse: Montréal: September 30-October 12, 2003: Encyclopoedia – Document 3 by Lynda Gaudreau for Compagnie de Brune; Chorale, Cantique #1 and Etude #1 by Marie Chouinard; Duo pour Corps et Instruments by Danièle Desnoyers; The Room As it Was, Duo, N.N.N.N. and One Flat Thing, Reproduced by William Forsythe


Intellectually Playful Dance 

By Kathleen Smith Sly Verb Christopher House, Toronto Dance Theatre

In the intellectually playful world of Christopher House, dance is usually just one of many ideas. House regularly wraps his full-length works in layers of text and theatrical imagery to express a very catholic curiosity about history, science, art and life.  

Alchemy of a Dance Festival: FIND-Lab Part 2 

By Kathleen Smith Festival international de nouvelle danse  Festival international de nouvelle danse 

The second part of this year’s edition of FIND was characterized by unusually fine weather outdoors, uneven programming indoors and an absolute obsession with technology everywhere you looked. Could these three elements possibly be related? 


Dance from the Heart 

By Kathleen Smith (a)round 2 Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracey, Four Chambers Dance Projects

When words fail, dance can still tell an eloquent story. But how satisfying it is when words and movement are mixed in just the right proportions (for me, three parts dance to one part language) to present complicated ideas about personal history, emotional truth and the sad/funny foibles of the human condition.  

Dance and Biology 

By Kathleen Smith Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science 2  Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science

Its always cause for celebration when artists look beyond their own navels for inspiration. 


Peggy Baker's "Home" Season 

By Kathleen Smith Home Peggy Baker Dance Projects

If home is where the heart is, dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker’s domestic turf must surely encompass the entire planet – Baker can wear her heart on her sleeve like no other performer.


By Kathleen Smith

Converse by Peter Chin and Virgin Queen by Matjash Mrozewski for Toronto Dance Theatre: Toronto: November 26-30, 2002