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Lonely Elegy

Akram Khan’s XENOS By Philip Szporer

To appreciate Akram Khan, the exalted British dance artist, is to see his fierce spins, angled gestures, intricate patterns and the sublime articulation of hands, fingers and feet. But it also means seeing his moments of soft repose, which give pause.

 

In the Cypher

Three street-to-stage performances in Montréal By Helen Simard

2019 might be the year that the Montréal stage dance community finally catches on to what’s going on in our city’s street dance scene.

 

Phosphorescent Figures Rattle

Priscilla Guy and Sébastien Provencher’s Deux squelettes By Philip Szporer

Guy and Provencher’s characters are, in their work Deux squelettes, two artists who’ve shed, well, everything to probe the meaning of their existence.

 

Stepping into the Twilight of the Sacred

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Vespers at the National Arts Centre By Sheenagh Pietrobruno

James Kudelka transforms the religious evocation of this 1610 choral masterpiece into a contemporary spiritual testament to the union between animals, humans and nature.

 

Navigating the Voyage

Lucie Grégoire’s Territoires By Philip Szporer

In many ways Lucie Grégoire’s new work, Territoires, is like an elusive secret. She notes that this piece is drawn from previous works and new material – a revisiting of her creative bank of work.

 

Turn Me Inside Out

Rock Bottom Movement’s fantasylover brandishes a feminist awareness with a self-aware wink By Jillian Groening

fantasylover layers pop culture references and vibrant subversion of fairy tale tropes to create a feminist utopia.

 

The Roots and Realities of Colourism

Esie Mensah’s Shades: What is Colour? By Collette Murray

Rooted in the fractured phenomenon of shadeism or colourism, Shades: What is Colour? engages with the discrimination deeply embedded in global communities of colour.

 

Watching is Not Seeing

Rebecca Margolick and Andrea Peña & Artists By Lucy Fandel

A video projection of swaying torsos opens New York-based choreographer Rebecca Margolick’s birds sing a pretty song. Belonging to Austin Tyson and Margolick the torsos slowly turn and cross in front of one another, arms loosely wrapped around themselves.

 

Inner Worlds and Outer Lives

Janelle Hacault and Jane Mappin at Festival Quartiers Danses By Lucy Fandel

The unseen and unspoken are themes that echo through a double bill with works by Janelle Hacault and Jane Mappin.

 

Our Inevitable Fall

Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland’s Chutes: Descendre du ciel By Lucy Fandel

Uninhibited and tender, Chutes is a confrontation of our physical and mental fall at the end of life.

 

A Process of Fulfillment

Benchmarq presents Darshan By Brannavy Jeyasundaram

The margam in bharatanatyam is a traditional repertoire consisting of core sections (or items, as they’re called in the form), strategically arranged to evoke a spiritual journey.

 

Make It Rain

Eroca Nicols is the truthteller By Emma Doran

Truthteller is an interactive presentation engaging with performance economies, rituals and intimacies between bodies.

 

Yes Manifesto (2018)

Linnea Swan interprets modern dance history, makes us laugh, makes us cry and makes us laugh-cry By Emma Doran

With Swan’s impeccable comedic timing, we’re in good hands on a journey through modern dance moments. Each performance is enacted by Swan as she struggles with anxiety, and each is interrupted by one of Yvonne Rainer’s tenets. Nijinsky? Swan asks through her performance (“No to spectacle”). Duncan? (“No to transformations and magic”). Chouinard? (“No to trash imagery”). Ugh, fine, karaoke? (“No to camp”). And so on …

 

Sensational but Stuck

Breakaway Entertainment’s Anatomy of a Dancer at the Toronto Fringe Festival By Grace Wells-Smith

Befitting a show dedicated to Gene Kelly, I walked in the pouring rain to the Al Green Theatre in Toronto to see Anatomy of a Dancer by Breakaway Entertainment and choreographed by Adam Martino at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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