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Dancetheatre David Earle: Odyssey

This recently released video features clips from Dancetheatre David Earle’s modern dance program Odyssey, which also included Serious Games and the company’s signature piece Miserere.

Tanztheater Wuppertal: Rite of Spring

On August 5th, in tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch, the Toronto Summer Music Festival is screening her 1978 dance film The Rite of Spring, accompanied by James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton playing Stravinsky’s four-hand piano edition of the score.

Suddenly Dance Theatre: Guthrie Swims the Lake

Suddenly Dance Theatre, of Victoria, British Columbia, recently posted this video of its dance theatre short film Guthrie Swims the Lake (2009). C…

 

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.  

IMPACT 09: Waterloo Region's theatre festival

The Waterloo Region of Ontario hosted a ten-day festival featuring theatre, physical theatre and dance from September 24th through…

MOTUS O receives $310,000 grant

MOTUS O dance theatre announced that they have been awarded a $310,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Located in Stou…

 

Bodies: Concrete, Multiple and Diffuse - Part 2 

By Megan Andrews, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques 2009  Festival TransAmériques

For the 2009 edition of the Festival TransAmérique in Montréal, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté and I each contributed impressions and reflections. Here’s Part 2. 

 

The Rite and Harmony of “White” 

By Penelope Ford “White” Xing Dance Theatre of Canada

The beauty of the technique of classical dance is born in the ritualistic process of endowing the body with dance, in the hope that it will enchant the soul.  

 

It Dances as a Whole 

By Kaija Pepper “5 AM” Paula de Vasconcelos, Pigeons International, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

The rhythmic flow and poetic abstraction of “5 AM” (“5 Heures du Matin”) lends the whole of Paula de Vasconcelos’ well-produced and visually outstanding dance/theatre work a polished choreographic feel. Yet the pure dance sections themselves were disappointing.  

 

Not Wisely But Too Well 

By Garth Von Buchholz “Othello” Tom Stroud, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers

Of “Othello” the play and “Othello” the dance, you could say that “so sweet was ne’er so fatal”. The Canadian premiere of Tom Stroud’s “Othello”, performed by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), was a bleak and emotionally exhausting experiment in unstructured, improvised dance theatre. 

 

Reading Dance 

By Robin J. Miller Nanaimo Infringing Dance Festival  Nanaimo Infringing Dance Festival 

Nanaimo, BC – about an hour-and-a-half’s drive north from Victoria on Vancouver Island – is not anybody’s idea of a chic, urban centre. It doesn’t even have a downtown Starbucks. What it does have is a contemporary dance festival, when other, much larger and ostensibly more dance-friendly cities have lost theirs. 

 

First, A Comedy 

By Kaija Pepper RIFF Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Day Helesic

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is half man. On her father’s side, going way back. Also, she tells us at the start of “BANGER”, she married a man. Amazing, eh? Who better, then, to explore the contemporary male than Friedenberg?  

 

Paper, Fire and a Dying Swan 

By Kaija Pepper "A Fabulous Disaster" Denise Clarke

For most of “A Fabulous Disaster”, Denise Clarke wears a white paper jumpsuit, with a white hood covering her head. Her costume puffs out around her, making her look bigger than she really is. Clarke’s body language, too, is bigger, more expansive.

 

Inscrutable Reflections 

By Philip Szporer "Narcisse en Silence"   Mariko Tanabe Danse

In Greek mythology, the beautiful Narcissus discovered his image in a pool, fell in love with himself, and not being able to find consolation, died of sorrow by the same pool. While the myth may be imprinted in our collective unconscious, Montréal-based dancer and choreographer Mariko Tanabe’s “Narcissus” is hardly conventional.  

 

Unplugged and Inside-Out 

By Philip Szporer Débranché PPS Danse

Fashioned not unlike a television reality show, “Débranché”, PPS Danse’s new production, evokes the highly disposable but hugely popular genre that drives commercial television worldwide.

Humour, Words and Some All-Out Dance 

By Kaija Pepper Dancing on the Edge Festival 2003 Dancing on the Edge Festival

The fifteenth annual Dancing on the Edge, presented by the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver from July 3rd through 13th, was a remarkably mature edition.

 

Dancing, Death & Narcissism 

By Philip Szporer Monsieur Estelle Clareton

Estelle Clareton, one of Québec’s up-and-coming choreographers, sets up an inspired theatrical premise early on in her new work, “Monsieur”, the first in a planned triptych focussing on men.

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