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Accès Asie Style

By Andrew Guilbert

The Accès Asie Festival, which promotes Asian arts and culture of every vein from dance to documentaries to degustations, wrapped up in Montréal recently with public, open-air performances at the Quartier des spectacles.

 

The Gyres & Pond Skaters

By Kathleen Smith Brussels / Toronto Project Etienne Guilloteau / Thomas Hauert

TDT’s Brussels/Toronto Project meditates on the mechanics and dynamics of ensemble dancing – with superb craftsmanship and charm.

 

Alberta Ballet’s Whole-Grain Same-Sex Love Ballet

Balletlujah! By Jennifer Mesch Balletlujah! Alberta Ballet

Balletlujah! is a warm, earthy and downright snuggly ballet set to sixteen songs recorded by k.d. lang.

 

About a girl and two guys

By Kaija Pepper Giselle José Navas / Ballet BC

The dancers of Ballet BC were like racehorses champing at the bit as they roared through Giselle, by outgoing resident choreographer José Navas.

 

The World Before Them

By Philip Szporer Collective Individual Zohar Melinek / Mary St-Amand Williamson

The work of Montréal-based interdisciplinary artists Mary St-Amand Williamson and Zohar Melinek explores art and activism, protest and ethnographic exploration.

 

COBA at Twenty

Évoque: passions deep within By Paula Citron 20th Season Celebrations COBA (Collective of Black Artists)

That a dance company manages to reach a twentieth anniversary is no mean feat, given the difficulties that the performing arts face today.

 

Meeting Points

By Brittany Duggan Half Life Motel Blue Ceiling Dance and Flightworks

A group of established female independent dancers and choreographers in Toronto – including Karen Kaeja, Lucy Rupert, Nova Bhattacharya, Diana Rose, Suzanne Liska and Kathleen Rea – join forces to create the mixed program, Half Life Motel.

 

Butoh and Beyond

By Kaija Pepper Vancouver International Dance Festival

The roots of the thirteen-year-old Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF), produced by Kokoro Dance, are in butoh. Review by Kaija Pepper.

 

Bejewelled

By Marie France Forcier The Heist Project Belinda McGuire

New York City-based dance artist Belinda McGuire returned to her home town of Toronto recently to present The Heist Project. Review by Marie France Forcier.

 

Walk This Way

By Philip Szporer Corps de Walk Carte Blanche

Philip Szporer reviews Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s “roaringly good” Corps de Walk presented by the Norwegian company Carte Blanche.

 

Welcome to the After Party

By George Stamos Pleasure Dome Karine Denault

With her new creation, Pleasure Dome, Karine Denault creates an intimate space to reflect on the idea of pleasure as escapism. Her intention to flip expectations is revealed right from the start.

 

After You

By Kathleen Smith loveloss Michael Trent / Dancemakers

Where does our love go? It’s a question that everyone ponders, especially at some of the sadder benchmarks of life – the end of a relationship, the death of a parent or friend. Dance is particularly adept at addressing the states of love and loss that define us. Veteran choreographer Michael Trent tackles it with style in loveless, his recent show with Dancemakers.

 

The Emperor’s New Clothes

By Mary Theresa Kelly Body-Scan: Sweet Gyre Par B.L.eux /battery opera

Body-Scan: Sweet Gyre explores the practice of body scanning, systematically directing one’s attention throughout the body-mind. It is common to many traditions: Buddhism, Tantric yoga, Taoism, secular mindfulness and Western psychotherapy. Reviewer Mary Theresa Kelly remains unconvinced.

 

Crazy Conservative

By Kaija Pepper Soto, Millepied and Marshall BJM Danse

There’s been a buzz around BJM, as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal is known, under Louis Robitaille’s direction. The “jazzing up” goes beyond classical ballet: as in many contemporary companies, BJM dancers work with choreographers from around the world whose movement vocabularies are wide. The three pieces presented on a recent visit to Vancouver, part of BJM’s 40th anniversary season, showcase that range.

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