The One and the Many

By Mary Theresa Kelly Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vital Few, excerpts from a work-in-progress, is choreographed and performed by 605 Collective artists Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley. The full-length work is scheduled to premiere next year, forcing dance lovers to wait to see how the work evolves.

Karen Kaeja's New Work Taxi!

Karen Kaeja’s Newfoundland residency and Taxi!, a new quintet for Kaeja d’Dance’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

Harbourfront Centre HATCH, Amelia Ehrhardt, the red light district™, WIVES


Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
April 18-9 mai 2015
Contemporary, Performance Art


Choreographers in the Making at RWBS

On February 14, the Professional Division of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWBS) hosted the twenty-fifth anniversary of their First Steps Choreographic Competition.

Series 8:08

Creator's Space Showing

Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
May 23 mai 2015
8:08 | 20:08

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Diversity and Delight

By Colleen Snell

A mixed bill presented by The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) showcased an extraordinary artistic range. Artistic Director Karen Kain masterfully curated a program to please traditionalists while satisfying a need for audacious and contemporary ballet.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

The Man in Black with Chroma & Allegro Brillante & Carousel (A Dance)

By Christina Strynatka

When you’ve established yourself the way the National Ballet of Canada has, it could become easy to rest on your laurels and congratulate yourself on a job well done. In that respect, much credit goes to the company for going out on a limb with The Man in Black, Chroma, Allegro Brillante and Carousel (A Dance).


Cycling Back and Running on Empty

Marathon By Mark Mann Marathon

The arrival of Progress Festival, a new international performance festival in Toronto, took an existential turn for the city’s stage artists, and in particular its dancers and choreographers. Among comparisons to other performance ecosystems around the world, an oddly elemental debate was taking place. What is dance?

Amadeus – Dances with Wolfgang

Set to Mozart’s Requiem, with a bit of rock music by Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Amadeus is the ballet story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the genius composer of the classical era.

BOW’T by Rhodnie Désir

“This significant evening-length political work explores notions of homeland, and a journey from an immigrant ship to the factory floor,” says Philip Szporer of Désir’s new work, a performance highlight in the March/April 2015 issue.


Mixed Pairs

Dance and music collaborations challenge performers at Small Stage point 5 By Andrea Rabinovitch Small Stage point 5

Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, soggy Vancouverites entered the Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge in Chinatown for Small Stage point 5, a MovEnt production. The younger sister of Dances for a Small Stage, which started in 2002, Small Stage point 5 is Artistic Producer Julie-anne Saroyan’s way of bringing it back down to a small scale and creating collaborations between music and dance in a non-traditional sense.

Ballet Jörgen's Bouffonia

Ballet Jörgen gives over 120 performances a year, taking ballet to a wide range of rural, urban and inner-city communities. Their contemporary repertoire includes Bouffonia by Robert Desrosiers.

Somewhere Between Maybe

New work by Vancouver’s Dana Gingras premieres at Agora de la danse in Montréal, February 11-13.


Springboard 2015: Emerging Choreographers Announced

Earlier this week, Springboard Danse Montréal announced which emerging choreographers they’ve invited to participate in the program this year. Among them, Canadians Hanna Kiel (Toronto), Colleen Snell (Mississauga) and Heather Myers (Vancouver).


Idiom, by Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects’ Artistic Director Jennifer Dallas of Toronto and Bienvenue Bazié of Burkina Faso, premiered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this past December and had its Canadian premiere last weekend in Kitchener, ON.

Helen Walkley

The Presence of Mind in Motion

Workshop | Classe

Vancouver BC
January 2-5 janvier 2015
January 2, 3 & 4 @ 10:00-2:00 | 10:00-14:00, January 5 @ 12:30-4:30 | 12:30-16:30


Dancers Dwelling

By Andrea Rabinovitch Things Near and Far

Cohorts in the Vancouver dance scene, Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan and Ron Stewart have known and worked with each other for thirty years. But creating a concert together, things near & far at the Firehall Arts Centre, was a first. Choreographers Josh Martin and Tedd Robinson brought Dwelling, the title of both pieces, to fruition.



By Pia Lo EDAM Presents...

East Vancouver’s EDAM Dance premiered the six-show run of Threshold – the first in its choreographic series for the 2014-2015 season – with a sold-out evening at their intimate studios.


Triple Bill

By Ben Portis Triple Bill Toronto Dance Theatre

Martingales, the new choreography by Christopher House that premiered in Toronto Dance Theatre’s (TDT) November run at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, received much more anticipation, attention and adulation than the other two works on the program – House’s Early Departures (1991) and Thomas Hauert’s Pond Skaters (2013), both remounts. This happened despite the fact that Martingales made its debut in a raw and provisional state.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme


By Sabrina Bellisimo

The National Ballet of Canada’s Nijinsky is an emotional, enthralling and technically brilliant work in two acts. On opening night, National Ballet of Canada veteran Guillaume Côté reprised his role as the titular Nijinsky, combining raw emotion with technical excellence.

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