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In Process with Peter Quanz: Part 3

Interview with Peter Quanz, Anton Lubchenko and Elena Tchernichova By Selma Odom

Choreographer Peter Quanz and composer Anton Lubchenko reflected on the production of In Colour after its last performance by The National Ballet of Canada in March.


“Maybe I am just a story I keep telling myself” 

By Samantha Mehra “Frames” William Yong, Zata Omm Dance Projects

Silhouettes. Shadows. Peepholes. Clothing. Media. Language. The objects which frame our perceptions of the world are countless and often hidden from or by us.


Performing Masculinity 

By Samantha Mehra “(Re)tracing Fred” Darcey Callison, Da Collision

With every theoretical lens, something new is revealed about the implications of Fred Astaire’s performances.  


How long? 

By Michael Crabb “It’s About Time: 60 Dances in 60 Minutes” Dancemakers

In his latest work as Dancemakers’ artistic director, Michael Trent neatly avoids any accusation of redundancy by exploring the subject of time without resort to dance in the ordinary, everyday sense of the word – the sense understood by the thousands of people who escape everyday reality by watching beautiful bodies moving to music.


In Process with Peter Quanz: Part 2

Interview with Peter Quanz By Selma Odom

Peter Quanz has just embarked on orchestra and tech rehearsals with The National Ballet of Canada for In Colour, which opens March 4th.


In Process with Peter Quanz: Part 1

Interview with Peter Quanz By Selma Odom

Peter Quanz is currently in rehearsal with The National Ballet of Canada for his new ballet In Colour, with a score by composer Anton Lubchenko.

Undercurrents | Courant Continu

Yasmina Ramzy

By Megan Andrews

Yasmina Ramzy is a dancer/choreographer and the founder and artistic director of Arabesque Dance Company and Orchestra, Arabesque Academy, and the International Bellydance Conference of Canada.


Character Study 

By Michael Crabb “The future memory heartbreak junction” Sasha Ivanochko, blackandblue dance projects

“She’s the Tart of Hearts, Lady of the Evening, Diva, Tough Cookie, Grand Mess, Plain Jane, Beauty and Beast.” That’s how Toronto-based Sasha Ivanochko describes the character revealed in “The future memory heartbreak junction”.


Unresolved Encounters 

By Michael Crabb “Dis/(sol/ve)r” Toronto Dance Theatre

By any standard “Dis/(sol/ve)r”, Christopher House’s curiously titled new work for Toronto Dance Theatre, is extraordinary.  

Undercurrents | Courant Continu

Menaka Thakkar and Sudha Khandwani

By Megan Andrews

Menaka Thakkar of the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and her sister Sudha Khandwani of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada are co-producers of the upcoming International Dance Festival and Conference: ContemporaryChoreography in Indian Dance.


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.  


"From the Horse's Mouth" 

By Michael Crabb The Premiere Dance Theatre 25 years on  Tina Croll, Jamie Cunningham

Harbourfront Centre celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Premiere Dance Theatre with the first Canadian production of From the Horse’s Mouth, an adaptable, transportable, live performance documentary program concept, devised a decade ago by New York-based dance artists Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham.

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.


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.


By Terrill Maguire between here and now KemiCollective, Jennifer Dallas

“It is sometimes in the aftermath of our crossed paths that we discover what a shared experience really is.” – Marc Boivin  


When Dance Fell to Grace: a trio of solos (unsolicitied) 

By Penelope Ford Falling to Grace HOWDARESHE productions

Tanya Crowder describes the austere beauty of Venus in repose: supple neck climbing out of extended collarbones, braced by curving shoulders, yet her vulnerability is plain in her crooked knees that dip apart and ankles that wilt towards the floor.  


Routes and Roots 

By Penelope Ford CanAsian International Dance Festival  CanAsian International Dance Festival

In its tenth year, the CanAsian International Dance Festival does more than recognize the multiculturalism of Canadian dance; it reveres the place of tradition in dance.


Ensnared in Memory 

By Aubrey Reeves Adelheid Solos Heidi Strauss

Heidi Strauss’s Adelheid Solos is a program of two pieces that demonstrates the dancer/choreographer’s impressive versatility, stamina and strength as a dancer.  


A Troubling Beauty 

By Megan Andrews, Kaija Pepper Abattoir Kaeja d'Dance

A cross-country conversation between Kaija Pepper and Megan Andrews about the premiere of Karen and Allen Kaeja’s Abattoir. 


Silence / Light 

By Penelope Ford Portal Peggy Baker Dance Projects

It seems the momentum of Peggy Baker’s thirty-five-year dance career is still gathering speed.