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Canada Dance Festival: The 2008 Collection 

By Bridget Cauthery Canada Dance Festival  Canada Dance Festival 

Red arrows fixed to the sidewalk led the audience from Elgin Street to the terraces atop the National Art Centre for the premiere of Ottawa-based performance artist Kenneth Emig’s site-specific work at the Canada Dance Festival 2008.

 

Remix, Mash-Up, Smash-Up, etc. 

By Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques 2008  Festival TransAmériques

Philip Szporer and Marie Claire Forté in conversation throughout the Festival TransAmériques 2008. 

 

Ten Years On 

By Michael Crabb Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival  Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival 

The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (GCDF) celebrated its tenth birthday in style with a May 30th gala in the Ontario city’s River Run Centre.

 

A Scavenger Hunt for Dance 

By Samantha Mehra Nuit Blanche  Nuit Blanche 

The countdown has officially begun for Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s all-night contemporary art celebration beginning tonight (September 29th).  

 

Seduced by the Sound 

By Kaija Pepper “Chutzpah!” The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts   Chutzpah! Festival

The Chutzpah! Festival is always a sprawling celebration of Jewish culture through dance, theatre and music that takes place annually at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in the Jewish Community Centre.  

A Commitment to the Future

By Kathleen Smith Toronto International Dance Festival (a fFIDA presentation) Toronto International Dance Festival

For fifteen years, the fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA) has presented a mixed bag of dance over an extended period in August. Chosen by lottery and stacked into mixed programs and large-scale spectaculars, the dance viewing experience has also been a crapshoot. Some years it was mostly dross with a few buried treasures; in others, the riches made you feel hopeful for the future of dance in Canada. 

 

Different Lenses, Different Views 

By Imogen Whyte , Mary Theresa Kelly Dancing on the Edge Festival 2006  Dancing on the Edge Festival

This year audiences strayed far and wide at Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival, where the action drifted beyond the festival’s usual haven, that beloved brick building known as the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.  

 

Encounter Overflow 

By Marie Claire Forté Canada Dance Festival 2006: Environmental Encounters  Canada Dance Festival

“Encounter great dance,” announced the 2006 Canada Dance Festival (CDF). Returning from a pared-down 2004 edition, Artistic Director Brian Webb presented a full program, complete with theatre performances, Dance Dialogues (a series of morning discussions and presentations) and Environmental Encounters (outdoor performances).  

 

Patchwork but Persistent 

By Philip Szporer, Kaija Pepper, Kate Cornell, Bridget Cauthery, Marie Claire Forté Canada Dance Festival 2004  Canada Dance Festival

It’s been a rough road for the Canada Dance Festival this year, first facing funding shortfalls, and subsequently narrowing the programming to fourteen performances, down from thirty-one two years ago. Organizers of the tenth edition, not willing to relinquish much else, splashed the slogan “Dare to turn up the heat” in riposte. 

Parks Full of Dance 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Dusk Dances  Dusk Dances

Neither the dark sky, nor the wet grass deterred the formidable crowd from coming out on the evening of July 11th, to enjoy the first park on Corpus two-park Dusk Dances festival. This year marks producers David Danzon and Sylvie Bouchards ninth event. Since its inception, Dusk Dances has become a summer-time institution  

Setting IDAC In Motion 

By Paula Citron In Motion   Integrated Dance Artists Collective

In this expanded review, I hope that the enterprising young women of Integrated Dance Artists Collective (IDAC) won’t mind if I use them as an example for all groups on an inaugural run.

Language of Dance 

By Gregory C. Beatty Stream of Dance Festival  Stream of Dance Festival

Since its founding in 1986, New Dance Horizons has gained strength with each passing year. In 2002, it took its most ambitious step yet, organizing and presenting Stream of Dance, a three-day festival devoted to prairie dance.  

 

Transformations 

Jing Ju/The Secrets Unveiled & Circle of Sacred  William Lau, Dancers for Peace, Sashar Zarif

It never ceases to amaze me that dancers I know well sometimes change in performance to become beings I barely recognize. They animate space, suspend time and grow larger than life. Their bodies can speak, sing, fly or hold perfectly still.  

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