Michael Crabb


Michael Crabb is a Toronto-based arts journalist, broadcaster and lecturer and has written about dance internationally for almost forty years. He was a CBC Radio producer and on-air host from 1981 through 2000. He is currently dance critic for The Toronto Star. | Michael Crabb [rédacteur invité] est journaliste, diffuseur et conférencier établit à Toronto, et il écrit sur la danse ici à l’étranger depuis près de quarante ans. Il a été réalisateur et animateur à la radio CBC de 1981 à 2000. Il est actuellement critique de danse pour The Toronto Star

Michael Crabb's Work


Luminato Dance: The Canadians 

By Michael Crabb “Tono”, “Skin Divers”, “The Second Person” Sandra Laronde, Red Sky Performance, Dominique Dumais, The National Ballet of Canada, Crystal Pite, Nederlands Dans Theater

For ten days in early June Toronto goes crazy for culture; sort of. That’s when Luminato, the city’s much-vaunted, robustly sponsored “festival of arts and creativity” saturates the scene with a multi-disciplinary cornucopia of offerings aimed at boosting the cultural image of Toronto’s as a “world-class” city.  


images and rituals: dance: made in canada/fait au canada 

By Michael Crabb dance: made in canada/fait au canada 2009 Susie Burpee, Jolene Bailie, Freya Olafson, Holly Small

The latest edition of dance made in canada/fait au canada – a biennial event curated by princess productions’ Yvonne Ng, a multi-talented Toronto-based artist with a quaint aversion to uppercase letters – begins with an arresting image. 


How long? 

By Michael Crabb “It’s About Time: 60 Dances in 60 Minutes” Dancemakers

In his latest work as Dancemakers’ artistic director, Michael Trent neatly avoids any accusation of redundancy by exploring the subject of time without resort to dance in the ordinary, everyday sense of the word – the sense understood by the thousands of people who escape everyday reality by watching beautiful bodies moving to music.

Unresolved encounters

By Michael Crabb

Dis/(sol/ve)r by Christopher House for Toronto Dance Theatre: Toronto: November 18-22, 2008

How Long?

By Michael Crabb

It’s About Time: 60 Dances in 60 Minutes by Dancemakers: Toronto: February 11-14, 2009

Character Study: Human frailty, despair, courage, resilience

By Michael Crabb

The future memory heartbreak junction by Sasha Ivanochko, blackandblue dance projects: Toronto: December 11-13, 2008


Character Study 

By Michael Crabb “The future memory heartbreak junction” Sasha Ivanochko, blackandblue dance projects

“She’s the Tart of Hearts, Lady of the Evening, Diva, Tough Cookie, Grand Mess, Plain Jane, Beauty and Beast.” That’s how Toronto-based Sasha Ivanochko describes the character revealed in “The future memory heartbreak junction”.


Unresolved Encounters 

By Michael Crabb “Dis/(sol/ve)r” Toronto Dance Theatre

By any standard “Dis/(sol/ve)r”, Christopher House’s curiously titled new work for Toronto Dance Theatre, is extraordinary.  


"From the Horse's Mouth" 

By Michael Crabb The Premiere Dance Theatre 25 years on  Tina Croll, Jamie Cunningham

Harbourfront Centre celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Premiere Dance Theatre with the first Canadian production of From the Horse’s Mouth, an adaptable, transportable, live performance documentary program concept, devised a decade ago by New York-based dance artists Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham.


Success in Paris not rewarded at home 

By Michael Crabb Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal  Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal 

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (LGBCM) closed a mostly successful three-week season in the French capital on August 9th as the featured company of the city’s fourth annual summer festival, Les étés de la danse de Paris.