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Nerves And Thrills: A Q & A with Crystal Pite

Pite’s work Body and Soul will stream next week, just for audiences in Canada By Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current speaks with Pite about Body and Soul, watching dance meant for the stage on a screen and the “slight sense of terror” that comes with choreographing. Body and Soul will stream for Canadians from Feb. 17 through 23.

 

The Chaos of Possibility

Kevin Jesuino explores how Queerness, liveness and failure might provide insight into reinvention, approximately one year after the onset of COVID-19 By Jillian Groening

Jesuino examines Queerness, liveness and failure in his work, Cruising at 30 Kilometers a Second and Attempting Not To Crash. The work asks what might emerge if we embrace failure and collapse.

 

Honing Resiliency

While the pandemic has put constraints on post-secondary training, dance programs are working to future-proof students’ careers By Lee Slinger

Lee Slinger speaks to students and instructors about how dance educators can encourage resilience in a generation of students.

 

Empty Seats at the Table

For artist-mothers, the pandemic has magnified the lack of support By Tracey Norman

Tracey Norman interviews artist-mothers about how the pandemic has magnified the lack of support for artist-caregivers.

 

That's a Wrap II

Dancefilms created during the COVID-19 pandemic

A collection of 2020 dancefilms as showcased in our Nov/Dec issue.

 

Loud and Brave

Alyssa Martin’s company, Rock Bottom Movement, won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards this year, but she now realizes that they may not be as transformational as she once thought. By Tessa Perkins Deneault

Rock Bottom Movement’s Alyssa Martin reflects on her art and her career in the light of Rock Bottom’s recent double Dora Mavor Moore Award win.

 

All That We Are

Artists respond to the statement “ I don’t see colour ” By Ravyn Ariah Wngz

Ravyn Ariah Wngz asks Black Canadian artists to respond to the harmful statement “I don’t see colour”.

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Down the TikTok Rabbit Hole

TikTok offers people a way to move while isolated during COVID-19, but the popular app also comes with concerns By Emily Latimer

As a platform, TikTok is home to viral dances that are available to all users. The accessibility and sense of accomplishment from mastering the moves have people flocking to the app. But while there’s joy to be found, especially during COVID-19, there are also problems lurking beneath the surface.

 

Talking about Whacking/Waacking with Ashley “Colours” Perez

By Emma Doran

Ashley Perez speaks on the origins of Whacking/Waacking

 

Dance Interventions

Talking with two teachers who work with Parkinson’s patients By Tessa Perkins Deneault

Tessa Perkins Deneault speaks with Megan Walker Straight and Trina Frometa, two Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (Dance for PD) instructors, about the power of dance in alleviating symptoms, inspiring joy and providing hope.

 

Do You Call Yourself a "Dancer"?

Artists from across the country share whether they call themselves dancers

For many performers and movers, calling themselves dancers is a personal decision based on disciplinary, financial and emotional factors. The Dance Current asked artists from across the country why or why not they relate the title.

Performers in Tableau D’Hôte Theatre’s Blackout, choreography by Rodney Diverlus, set by Sophie El-Assad, costumes by Noémi Poulin, lighting by Audrey-Anne Bouchard, projections by Jaclyn Turner / Photo by Jaclyn Turner
 

Political Bodies

Dance and/as Protest By Elan Marchinko, Rodney Diverlus

Public protest on the land now called Canada often disrupts the rhythms of everyday life. Dance, when used in and as protest, entails the work of remembrance and caring for difficult histories, memories and stories. Elan Marchinko explores four performative works that engage in protest: The Holomodor Project, Meridian, Bearing and Blackout. Included are Rodney Diverlus’s choreographer’s notes.

City Dance Corps senior hip hop students / Photo courtesy of Desjardins
 

All that Glitters...

How do studios decide to compete? By Grace Wells-Smith

Dance competitions in Canada are becoming more and more popular, but what values are associated with this world? Grace Wells-Smith sat down with Jennalee Desjardins and Sean Boutilier, who initially appear to be on opposing sides of this debate.

 

Fearless Physicality

Athleticism in Toronto’s professional wrestling scene By Deanne Kearney

Professional wrestlers are athletes, performers, actors, dancers, gymnasts and comedians, and their sport has more in common with a ballet than with an episode of reality TV. Take a deeper look at the astonishing athleticism and theatricality within the world of pro wrestling.

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