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Stories of Struggle and Triumph Underscore GRIT: Short Dances

Five emerging artists showcase the diversity of Asian cultures and identities By Joshua Chong

GRIT: Short Dances is an online showcase of five dancefilms streaming on YouTube from May 14 to 21. Together, they form a kaleidoscopic tapestry that offers a glimpse into the breadth of Asian perspectives that are woven into the fabric of our country.

Mensah / Photo by E. S Cheah Photography
 

When Love is the Driving Force of Revolution Part II

A Q & A with Esie Mensah, choreographer of A Revolution of Love By Joy Henderson

Filmed at Toronto’s Fort York in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre, A Revolution of Love tells the story of a young Black woman considering her ancestral history and the current violence wrought upon her community. In Part II, Mensah talks about how colonialism has disconnected dance and spirituality.

Still from A Revolution of Love / Photo courtesy of Mensah
 

When Love is the Driving Force of Revolution Part I

A Q & A with Esie Mensah, choreographer of A Revolution of Love By Joy Henderson

Filmed at Toronto’s Fort York in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre, A Revolution of Love tells the story of a young Black woman considering her ancestral history and the current violence wrought upon her community. In Part I, Mensah talks about including a spiritual advisor in the process, how not to colonize a space and how life can unknowingly seep into art.

 

‘Historians’ Is an Ode to Black Lives and Blackness Dedicated to the Spirits and Soul of Us Black Folx

Kevin Ormsby reviews the short film that won Best Social Justice Film at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival By Kevin A. Ormsby

 

That's a Wrap II

Dancefilms created during the COVID-19 pandemic

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

 

WildDogs: Howls and Cries

Festival | Festival

Calgary AB
November 1 novembre 2020
Dancefilm

 
Rogue Dancer Productions

FilmFest By Rogue Dancer: FANtas-ee Edition (October 2020)

Screening | Visionnement

International
October 23-2 novembre 2020
Dancefilm

 

That's a Wrap I

Dancefilm, as an art form, is by no means a new medium, but after theatres were shut down and choreographers and dancers found themselves without a stage, an impressive amount of dancefilms were produced.

Santee Smith's Blood Tides / Photo by Yehuda Fisher
 
Dusk Dances

Dusk Dances 2020: A virtual event

Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
October 17 octobre 2020
7:30 | 19:30
Dancefilm

Linnea Swan

Made Up

Screening | Visionnement

Calgary AB
November 19-22 novembre 2020
Dancefilm

 

WildDogs International Screendance Festival

Festival | Festival

International
September 12-13 septembre 2020
Dancefilm

 

A Global Garden

Mile Zero Dance presents a worldwide performance with Garden Party By Olivia C. Davies

Olivia C. Davies reviews Mile Zero Dance’s Garden Party, a global online event demonstrating dance’s adaptability even within a pandemic.

 

Porch View Dances: Online

Performance | Spectacle

ON
July 30 juillet 2020
7:00pm | 19:00
Dancefilm

 
Lights Dance Festival

Lights Dance Festival 2020: Shadows and Songs

Festival | Festival

All
June 18-24 juin 2020
Dancefilm

 
Kinetic Studio

Tiny Dances Festival: Big Moves in Tiny Spaces

Broadcast | Diffusion

Halifax NS
April 24 avril 2020
Dancefilm

 
Various Artists

Screen: Moves at Progress Festival

Screening | Visionnement

Toronto ON
February 3 février 2020
Dancefilm

 
Ukrainian Shumka Dancers

Dancing on Eggshells

Screening | Visionnement

Edmonton AB
September 17 septembre 2019
Dancefilm

 

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Festival | Festival

Toronto ON
May 24-2 juin 2019
Interdisciplinary, Dancefilm, Hip Hop

Image courtesy of the presenter
 
Dana Gingras

Free Fall

Screening | Visionnement

Montréal QC
April 2-27 avril 2019
Contemporary, Dancefilm

Pina / Photo courtesy of the presenter
 
Pina Bausch

Pina

Screening | Visionnement

Toronto ON
February 3 février 2019
4:30 | 16:30
Contemporary, Dancefilm, Modern

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