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The Little Big Festival 

By Philip Szporer Festival of New Dance  Festival of New Dance

There is no definitive formula for running a dance festival, but in the scheme of all things, the St. John’s Festival of New Dance is infused with the boldness of what might be described as a little big festival.  

 

Ofilio Portillo and Crew, Onstage 

By Kathleen Smith “Unbearable Prospect” Gadfly

Street dance has become big business. The virtuosic moves and joyous energy that the original b-boys of New York and Los Angeles brought to street corners, empty parking lots and impromptu clubs of the seventies spawned a genuine movement movement.  

 

West Coast Summer Dance 

By Kaija Pepper, Rob Kitsos Dancing on the Edge 2009  Dancing on the Edge

For dance artists in Vancouver, Dancing on the Edge is a destination.  

Variations on the “F” Word 

By Samantha Mehra The Toronto Fringe Festival  Toronto Fringe Festival

 I love how the word “fringe” rolls off the tongue. When I pronounce it, I fleetingly and inadvertently smile.

 

Dancing in Solidarity, Alliance in Practice: Objectives Within Reach 

By Kevin A. Ormsby Canada Dance Festival 2009 Canada Dance Festival

The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) and the National Arts Centre were bustling once again between June 25th and 28th as the CDF hosted its annual festivities, focussing this year on “Dancing In, Through and Between Cultures towards a Space of Mutuality”.

 

Luminato Dance: The Canadians 

By Michael Crabb “Tono”, “Skin Divers”, “The Second Person” Sandra Laronde, Red Sky Performance, Dominique Dumais, The National Ballet of Canada, Crystal Pite, Nederlands Dans Theater

For ten days in early June Toronto goes crazy for culture; sort of. That’s when Luminato, the city’s much-vaunted, robustly sponsored “festival of arts and creativity” saturates the scene with a multi-disciplinary cornucopia of offerings aimed at boosting the cultural image of Toronto’s as a “world-class” city.  

 

Bodies: Concrete, Multiple and Diffuse - Part 2 

By Megan Andrews, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques 2009  Festival TransAmériques

For the 2009 edition of the Festival TransAmérique in Montréal, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté and I each contributed impressions and reflections. Here’s Part 2. 

 

Bodies: Concrete, Multiple and Diffuse - Part 1 

By Megan Andrews, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques 2009  Festival TransAmériques

For the 2009 edition of the Festival TransAmérique in Montréal, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté and I each contributed impressions and reflections. Here’s Part 1. 

 

images and rituals: dance: made in canada/fait au canada 

By Michael Crabb dance: made in canada/fait au canada 2009 Susie Burpee, Jolene Bailie, Freya Olafson, Holly Small

The latest edition of dance made in canada/fait au canada – a biennial event curated by princess productions’ Yvonne Ng, a multi-talented Toronto-based artist with a quaint aversion to uppercase letters – begins with an arresting image. 

 

A Month of Dance in Vancouver 

By Rob Kitsos, Kaija Pepper Vancouver International Dance Festival  Vancouver International Dance Festival 

“Looking back over the month-long Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF), produced by Kokoro Dance Artistic Directors Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, my strongest memory is of having a lot of fun,” says Kaija Pepper. 

 

“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.

 

Whirlwind Celebration 

By Salena Kitteringham Shumka at 50 … An Anniversary Concert  Shumka

Shumka means “whirlwind” and the Ukrainian dance company appropriately took the sold-out Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium by storm for its 50th Anniversary Concert with a truly memorable celebration filled with swirling colour, thrilling spectacle, powerful athleticism and genuine heart.  

 

Moving Through Time and Technology 

By Philip Szporer Cibler & Passage Kondition Pluriel, Danse K par K/Karine Ledoyen

Karine Ledoyen’s “Cibler” reveals itself like a visual diary of private allusions, and this group work gives us a sense of why people have been talking up this next-generation choreographer.  

Making Ballet in Troubled Times 

By Kaija Pepper “Adam and Eve and Steve (The Goldberg Variations, Side 2)” James Kudelka, Ballet BC

The title of James Kudelka’s new work for Ballet British Columbia varies. On the program cover and in publicity it’s “The Goldberg Variations – Side 2: Adam and Eve and Steve”. Inside the program, it was printed the way Kudelka told me he wanted it when we spoke one afternoon after a rehearsal: “Adam and Eve and Steve (The Goldberg Variations, Side 2).”  

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