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Expressive Bodies and Digital Cultures

What is at stake for dancers and the dance profession in the face of technological advances? Dena Davida explores this question, based on her experiences at Symposium IX, presented by Audiokinetic and organized at/by the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) in Montréal, Québec, from May 30th through June 3rd, 2017. By Dena Davida

Review

Pasties and Politics

The Red Carpet Reveal opened the tenth annual Toronto Burlesque Festival. Filled with diversity and body positivity, it achieves what some other western styles of dance are still trying to catch up on. By Grace Smith

Column

On the Ground

Only two years out of the dance program at George Brown College (GBC) in Toronto, Peter Kelly has already found a growing place for himself in the Toronto dance community. By Elise Tigges

News

Toronto's 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

A list of the winners and nominees of the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Video

Dancing to the Same Beat

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To celebrate its fortieth anniversary this year, Fédération Culturelle Canadienne-Française (FCCF) presented a video series, in collaboration with Unis TV, highlighting French Canadian arts and culture. In video featuring dance, three performing artists from differing generations and regions in Canada presented their own choreography to the same piece of music - Julie Duguay, Elise Page and Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo.

Contest

Summer Dreaming: Sponsored by Ceilidh Surprise

Enter for a chance to win your very own Red Heart Medium Dream Duffel package with a Red Attitude Cosmetic Bag sponsored by Ceilidh Surprise – Canada’s Dream Duffel Headquarters!

Video

Francesca Chudnoff's ALGIA

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Read Francesca Chudnoff’s tips for making DIY screen dance. She’s the first featured video artist in this three-part series.

Review

A New Spin on an Old Classic

Rockstar bharatanatyam dancer Parshwanath Upadhye performed in an evening of contemporary bharatanatyam, presented by Sampradayada Dance Creations. Upadhye’s interpretation of a devotee’s adoration of Shiva, more specifically at the famous Chidambaram temple, was both athletic and graceful. His high kicks, leaps and knee turns did not come at the cost of nuances such as beautifully articulated mudras or clarity of movement in his adavus. By Aparita Bhandari

News

Ancestralizing the Present

Ancestralizing the Present was a free event hosted at The Dance Centre on June 10, 2017, with performances by Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers), Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) and Aeriosa. The event marks the extension of Mique’l Dangeli’s doctoral thesis “Dancing Sovereignty: Protocol and Politics in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance” and it involved “taking the time to get to know one another” – an approach that Dangeli believes to be closer to “reconciliation” than projects that simply tick the boxes of inclusivity, or demand that Indigenous artists perform settlers’ expectations of Indigenous culture.

Feature

Broadening the Stage

Pervasive conceptions about which bodies are considered beautiful, professionally acceptable or healthy continue to restrict how individuals seek self-expression through the art of dance. Activists, experts and dance artists discuss the importance of body diversity in presenting a wider range of lived experiences onstage, reaching new audiences and connecting with them more meaningfully. By Cristina Matteis

Column

Healthy Dancer

In anticipation of our September/October, 2017 print issue, we offer a companion piece to Darryl Tracy’s article “Hands in Motion: Curiosity, receptivity and expressivity.” By Darryl Tracy

Gallery

#CanadaDances on International Dance Day 2017

A roundup of images and videos from the Canadian dance community on International Dance Day.

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