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The Privilege of the Pastoral

Grove raises crucial questions during a period of global outcry By Erin Baldwin

Julia Alpin and Terrill Maguire’s pastoral meditation livestream, Grove, raises questions about accessibility and inequity.

Rachel Harris / Photo by Jeremy Gordaneer
 

Extricating Liveness During COVID-19

Thea Patterson’s Silvering in Confinement By Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer reviews Thea Patterson’s digital performance, Silvering in Confinement, confronting disconnection in our virtually connected, COVID-19 world.

 

A Glitch in Paradise

Zata Omm’s Eden Planted By Dylan Schoenmakers

Dylan Schoenmakers explores dance viewed virtually in his review of Zata Omm’s Eden Planted, now available in video form online.

 

On Collapsing Pain Into Prayer

Sampradaya Dance Creations’ MANDALA By Brannavy Jeyasundaram

Sampradaya Dance Creations marked its thirtieth anniversary with MANDALA, a vivid and graceful celebration of impermanence and the artistic process.

George Stamos, Karla Etienne and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh in One Kind Favor / Photo by Nikol Mikus
 

The Courage to Be Kind

One Kind Favor by George Stamos By Helen Simard One Kind Favor

 

The Inner Lives of Clowns

Kemi Projects explores performance and desire in new work Known By Erin Baldwin

Jennifer Dallas explores the tension between performativity and desire in Known, a new work by Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects presented at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto.

 

When Bygones Won’t Let Go

The newest work from Out Innerspace Dance Theatre By Kate Morris

To “let bygones be bygones” means to let go of negative elements of the past and get on with things. Out Innerspace’s Bygones invites us to consider how negative experiences persist in the present and the ways we might cling to them, even at our own expense.

 

Dystopian Impressions

Marie Béland’s Beside By Philip Szporer

Fragmentation immediately pervades Marie Béland’s imaginative Beside, a collaboration of maribé - sors de ce corps and Montréal Danse.

 

Expanding Their Reach

All Bodies Dance Project investigates sightless dance By Rachel Silver Maddock

How do we experience dance through our non-visual senses? This is one of the questions asked by All Bodies Dance Project in their new work Translations.

 

On the Steps of the Escalators

An after-hours performance with jes sachse By Tak Pham

Under the roof of the library, sachse’s questions were nuanced by this highly regulated architectural space: equipped with sound mufflers, fluorescent lights and surveillance points, libraries are typically built to deter disturbance and promote solitary contemplation.

 

Devious Spine Chills

Hélène Blackburn and Lucie Bazzo’s Suites Ténébreuses / The Monsters By Xdzunúm Danae Trejo-Boles

There was a soft calmness to the dark theatre space of Agora de la danse as a mixed audience entered to see Cas Public’s Suites Ténébreuses / The Monsters, co-created by choreographer Hélène Blackburn and lighting designer Lucie Bazzo.

 

Humanity Adrift

Alan Lake Factori(e)’s Le cri des méduses By Dylan Schoenmakers

A painting come to life, Le cri des méduses dramatizes humanity at its most fractured and desperate.

 

Repetition is a Form of Change

Andrea Peña’s Untitled I + III By Helen Simard

In her latest work, choreographer Andrea Peña uses “sameness,” or repetition, as a catalyst for change, highlighting the transformative nature of the body as it oscillates between a site of resilience and vulnerability.

 

In the Grip of a Crowd

Hanna Kiel’s Resonance By Erin Baldwin

If you’re looking for clues to deciphering Resonance, the new dance production from Toronto-based choreographer Hanna Kiel, you might start with the name.

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