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MJ Thompson

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MJ Thompson writes about dance, visual art and politics. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Magazine, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, The Drama Review, Women and Performance, and other publications. She was a Lillian S. Robinson Fellow at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montréal in 2010. She currently teaches art history and performance studies in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal. A generalist by nature, MJ continues to write about dance. She says, “Dance has always seemed like a very particular window onto all the things I care most about: beauty, work, failure, love, the endless stuff that people do and get up to. Dance asks us to look at bodies, openly, amid a political context that increasingly would rather control, contain, ignore or imprison them.” 

MJ Thompson's Work

 

Occupy Dance

Artists on the frontlines of a revolutionary moment By MJ Thompson

Participants from diverse Occupy encampments to share their experiences and pictures.

Everyday Moves

By MJ Thompson

Work It

Everyday Moves

By MJ Thompson

Still Remembering: Pina Bausch, 1940-2009

Everyday Moves

By MJ Thompson

Dancer in the Ring

Everyday Moves

By MJ Thompson

Dance Fights the Power

Occupy Dance

Artists on the frontlines By MJ Thompson

Writer MJ Thompson invites participants from diverse Occupy encampments to share their experiences and pictures. Together with Thompson’s essay on the now suppressed yet still iconic Occupy poster with its ballerina poised atop a raging bull, this “scrapbook” explores the movement of dissent.

Imagery, Ideas, Ownership

How One Poster Rocked the World By MJ Thompson

Last July, when the Canadian magazine Adbusters published an unusual centerfold – a poster with a hash tag that would launch an historic political movement – dance held the centre.

Everyday Moves

By MJ Thompson

Stan Douglas: Recording the Perceptual Centre

Everyday Moves

Life is But a Dream By MJ Thompson

Dance Through Life, a book of images that moves codified dance into the heart of the city.

 

Festival TransAmériques 2011

By Philip Szporer, MJ Thompson Festival TransAmériques 2011

Montréal residents Philip Szporer and MJ Thompson engage in a dialoque around their Festival TransAmérique 2011 experiences.

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