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The Politics of Dance

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. By Kate Cornell

Review

Hauntings and Bleeding Hearts

Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited is an ambitious new chamber opera that blends Japanese Noh theatre and western classical music. Produced by TomoeArts, the work is a collaboration between artists from Japan and Vancouver. The story combines two Noh plays about the renowned ninth-century Japanese poet Ono no Komachi, as well as five of her original poems. By Heidi Specht

Column

Dancer's Kitchen

An era-specific recipe

News

Summer and Fall Awards and Honours

A round up of the 2017 summer and fall awards, honours and news

Video

Bhairava

Bhairava Teaser
 

Bhairava is a fourteen minute, site-specific, dance-for-camera film by Mouvement Perpétuel, embodying the wandering yet fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, the Lord of Dance.

Contest

Social Dance A Book of Ballroom Poetry

Enter for your chance to win a signed copy of Carolyn Boll’s new book “Social Dance A Book of Ballroom Poetry” published by Sally Jane Books.

Video

Calgary Catalysts

Summer Sesh
 

Video was and continues to be a stimulus for Krump artists across the globe and in Canada. In The Dance Current’s September/October 2017 issue, Lucy May explores the rise of the style in Canada.

Review

Provocative Impressions

Philip Szporer offers this follow up to his review of Skeels Danse and Tentacle Tribe – “Sizing Up a Double Dose of Summer Dance.” At the time of publication the works were still in progress. This completed version, presented by Danse Danse, allows for view of the piece in its mature form. By Philip Szporer

News

A Tale of (Residency in) Two Cities

In the past few years, two of Canada’s most prominent contemporary dance companies have been shifting their perspective away from the traditional company structure, and the resulting expectations, toward creation hubs. The idea is to serve the evolving needs of the choreographic community. Now, Dancemakers Centre for Creation and Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) are teaming up to create a cross-city artistic bridge between Toronto and Montréal.

Feature

Choreographing Community

“You have to almost fall out of love before you’re going to open up to other possibilities,” recalls Karen Jamieson, of her journey into community-engaged dance. A Canadian pioneer of the practice, Jamieson shares with Brittany Duggan how this practice spread through Vancouver and how it was “utterly different from professional dance” as she had previously known and practised it. By Brittany Duggan

Column

On the Ground

Paul-André Fortier’s latest work Trois closed the autumn season of Agora de la danse (November 22 through 25) and was also performed at the Germain Hotel Montréal’s Fou d’ici supermarket and a cafeteria in Google Montréal. Fortier and performers Mark Medrano and Naishi Wang spoke with The Dance Current about their experience of taking dance hors les murs, outside of the theatre context. By Xdzunúm Trejo

Gallery

Reel to Real

Championing a multi-generational group in a multitude of artistic genres, Xtraordinary TO Dances (XTOD) is a ten-year dream come to life for Kaeja d’Dance’s artistic directors, Karen and Allen Kaeja.

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