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Rhodnie Désir

Sarah Elola in her own work La Pileuse / Photo by Stacyann Lee
 

Decolonizing Dance Stages

Presenters talk about breaking barriers By Rhodnie Désir

This year in Canada, the conversation about diversity, inclusion and representation has been omnipresent. I’m profoundly happy that more presenters, curators and jurors have brought these words into their vocabulary. But I question what they’re really referring to. Do we all really feel and understand the urgency? More precisely, when asking, “What does the word diversity really mean?” the answers from the dance milieu are often incomplete, reflecting a lack of comprehension of the issues at stake.

 

End of Season Awards

As the dance season wrapped, a range of artists were recognized for their work, performance and contribution to the community.

 

Footsteps Across Canada

A Journey Across Canada's African Diaspora By Colleen Snell Footsteps Across Canada

While the choreographic work varied drastically from one piece to the next, universal themes of loss, tradition, internal struggle, displacement and the challenges posed by communication wove the dances together.

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.

 
Rhodnie Désir

BOW'T

Performance | Spectacle

QC
March 18 mars 2015
8:00pm | 20:00
Contemporary, African

 
Rhodnie Désir

BOW'T

Performance | Spectacle

LaSalle QC
March 13 mars 2015
8:00pm | 20:00
Contemporary, African

 
Rhodnie Désir

BOW'T

Performance | Spectacle

Montréal  QC
March 12 mars 2015
8:00pm | 20:00
Contemporary, African

 
Rhodnie Désir

BOW'T

Performance | Spectacle

Montréal  QC
March 4 mars 2015
7:30pm | 19:30
Contemporary, African

 
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Reflections on 2014

By Philip Szporer

What follows is a consideration of work that I saw in 2014, listed in no particular order. It is also a message of gratitude to those creators who unfailingly push forward, break boundaries, develop their vision and create worlds in which we, as audiences, can be inspired and challenged.

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