Sarah Lochhead / Photo courtesy of Lochhead
On the Ground

In the Political Theatre

By Kallee Lins

On Sept. 20, Canada went to the polls following a five-week snap election campaign. Despite the brevity and the ongoing pandemic, candidates poured themselves into appealing to voters in their communities. One of those candidates was Sarah Lochhead, the founder of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, a dance instructor, researcher and administrator who has worked with a number of organizations including The Dance Current. She seized the opportunity to defend the value of artists holding political roles.

Salazar / Photo by Sly Pereira
On the Ground

Manifesting Politics Into Drag

By Emily Latimer

Emily Latimer caught up with drag king and performance artist Heath V. Salazar to talk about how the intersection of drag and politics can engage audiences in discussions about race, gender and religion. Read the original profile in our November/December 2020 issue.

On the Ground

Voting 101

By Kate Cornell

Everything you need to know about voting this October and why it matters for the arts sector.

On the Ground

Getting Involved at the Federal Level

By Kate Cornell

Why should the dance community care about politics? Kate Cornell writes about why it’s important for dance artists to get involved and offers tips on how to convincingly speak to politicians.

Photo courtesy of Kate Cornell

The Politics of Dance

The current moment of arts advocacy at the federal level By Kate Cornell

Ten years ago, in the Summer 2007 issue, Shannon Litzenberger, then executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, wrote a column about the dance community and the federal government, “Coping with the Conservatives: CDA reflects on a year of cultural policy under Canada’s new government.” The Dance Current asked current executive director Kate Cornell to comment on the changes over the past decade and the relationship with the Trudeau Liberal government.

Miguel Gutierrez “Age & Beauty Part 1” Research in 2014

American artist Miguel Gutierrez, who will be teaching at the New Aesthetics Performance Intensive in Vancouver in the summer of 2017, discusses and presents his process for Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/, the first part of a trilogy.