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West African

COBA (Collective of Black Artists)

COBA Dance and Drum-a-thon

Workshop | Classe

Toronto ON
April 28 avril 2012
African, West African

COBA (Collective of Black Artists)

Open House

Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
September 10-15 septembre 2012
Mon-Thurs | lundi-jeudi: 6:00-9:00 | 18:00-21:00; Sat | samedi: 9:00-12:00
African, West African, Caribbean

M’Bemba Bangoura

Drum and Dance classes with M’Bemba Bangoura

Workshop | Classe

Toronto ON
October 1-6 octobre 2012
Mon-Fri | lundi-vendredi: 6:30-9:30 | 18:30-21:30; Sat | samedi: 12:00-6:00 | 12:00-18:00
West African

COBA (Collective of Black Artists)

COBA Dance & Drum-a-thon

Workshop | Classe

Toronto ON
April 28 avril 2013
9:00 | 9:00
African, West African, Belly Dance


A Scattered Resistance 

By Philip Szporer, MJ Thompson Festival TransAmériques 2010  Festival TransAmériques

At the outset of FTA 2010, I dream that it’s a gathering, in the sense of strangers meeting across vast fields of difference, hell bent on seeing action in light of none.


A Certain Selection of Dance 

By Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques  Festival TransAmériques 

This May marked the inaugural program of the Montréal-based dance and theatre event, Festival TransAmériques. To cover the dance programming at this year’s premiere event, The Dance Current invited writers Marie Claire Forté (Ottawa) and Philip Szporer (Montréal) to exchange their views in an e-mail conversation. Here are their evocative and emphatic impressions.  


The Spirit of Dance Weaves a Tale 

By Suzanne Jaeger dance Immersion Showcase Presentation   Dance Immersion

“Throughout history, our people have been able to survive, through dance,” says Emerita Emerencia, who plays the role of a storyteller guiding the audience through various dances of the African Diaspora in the Dance Immersion Showcase Presentation’s Saturday matinee.  


Celebrating Masculinity and Creole-Canadian Dance 

“Breaking Out” Patrick Parson, Ballet Creole

Fresh from drinking in the National Ballet of Canada’s recent Balanchine season where works like “Rubies” and “Theme and Variations” stood for deep appreciation of the female form, my mind still echoes with the oft-repeated Balanchine quote “ballet is woman”. What a splashy switch then to soak up Patrick Parson’s premiere for members of his Ballet Creole company, an all-male ballet entitled “Breaking Out”. 

A Savvy Program 

By Paula Citron dance Immersion 2005  dance Immersion

Somewhere toward the end of dance Immersion, this writer had an epiphany. No matter how stirring the traditional African drumming and dancing, or how stylish a tap routine, or how attractive the synchronization of energetic b-girls, or how charming the Caribbean folklore, it was the contemporary choreography that gave substance to the evening.  


Dance, Drama and Drumming 

By Kathleen Smith Middle Passage: A Journey from Africa to the Americas COBA (Collective of Black Artists)

A warm embrace on a cold, damp night was COBA (Collective of Black Artists)’s gift to Toronto audiences with their recent show, “Middle Passage”, at Harbourfront’s Premiere Dance Theatre.

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