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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.

 

The Why and How

In Threes and The Fall at the Toronto Fringe Festival By Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson reviews two selection from the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival: Colleen Snell’s The Fall and Alison Daley, Half Second Echo & Tracey Norman’s In Threes.

 

Curating Time

Plastic orchid factory’s i miss doing nothing By Rachel Silver Maddock

In a large white studio, an immersive dance installation is going on, drawing audience members (or participants) into a space distinct from yet porous with the street below. To mark the ten-year anniversary of plastic orchid factory, performers and directors Natalie LeFebvre Gnam and James Gnam designed a unique movement retrospective framed by the present – i miss doing nothing.

 

Fortunate Misgivings

Quantum Fur, curated by Geranium By Xdzunúm Danae Trejo-Boles

Curated by Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Maria Kefirova and Katie Ward, this evening of works included Stick Kitties by Marc Boucher, Perennial forage by Erin Fortier (both Montréal-based artists), Wampum by composer and artist Elisa Harkins (Cherokee/Muscogee) from Oklahoma and Milk Pearl by Moine de la non existence de la pensée, a multimedia artist from Belgium.

 

No Holds Barred

Gearshifting Performance Works’ Phase Wash By Holly Harris

In her latest creation, Jolene Bailie once again turns to the abstract world, with her all-local eight dancer ensemble.

 

Bodily Reflections

Sasha Ivanochko’s new works By Robert Kingsbury

Choreographer Sasha Ivanochko premiered two works – Modern Woman in Search of Soul and Mirror Staging the Seeing Place – presented as part of Citadel + Compagnie’s Bright Nights series. Both have been in development for four years, culminating in an evening of highly focused, personal and rigorous performance.

 

Songs for a Nervous System

Jean-Sébastien Lourdais’ Bleu By Philip Szporer

Lourdais’ work is concentrated on somatic states and he speaks in the programme notes about “refin[ing] the body’s state of awareness.” What’s clear in Bleu is the importance of touch.

 

A Night at the Juke Joint

The latest from Holla Jazz By Valeria Nunziato

Under the artistic direction of Natasha Powell, Floor’d was a fresh spin on vernacular jazz – a journey to another era, complete with live jazz music that has spectators dancing along in their seats. From the strike of the first saxophone to the last dim of the lights, we were offered much more than a show: the audience was given an experience.

 

Shadows Against a Sunset

pataSola dance’s Rift By Olivia C. Davies

Responding to the ongoing worldwide struggle of violence against women and girls, pataSola dance has created a theatrical performance work that pays homage to victims and survivors, while offering a transformative experience of surrender and sanctity.

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