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Motion in Motion 

By Philip Szporer Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video  Moving Pictures Festival

The 12th annual edition of the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, curated by Kathleen M. Smith and Marc Glassman, opened in grand style, with a ballet-based evening of screen dance.  

 

Faces of Memory 

By Philip Szporer Cinq voix, cinq visages Jane Mappin

In “Cinq voix, cinq visages”, choreographer Jane Mappin conjures up a whole community of dancers, singers, storytellers and a mixed-generation cast, in a ninety-minute medley of stage performance along with video interviews and moving images. Mappin says she’s fascinated by the idea of memory. 

 

Dance from the Heart 

By Kathleen Smith (a)round 2 Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracey, Four Chambers Dance Projects

When words fail, dance can still tell an eloquent story. But how satisfying it is when words and movement are mixed in just the right proportions (for me, three parts dance to one part language) to present complicated ideas about personal history, emotional truth and the sad/funny foibles of the human condition.  

Parks Full of Dance 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Dusk Dances  Dusk Dances

Neither the dark sky, nor the wet grass deterred the formidable crowd from coming out on the evening of July 11th, to enjoy the first park on Corpus two-park Dusk Dances festival. This year marks producers David Danzon and Sylvie Bouchards ninth event. Since its inception, Dusk Dances has become a summer-time institution  

Dance and Biology 

By Kathleen Smith Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science 2  Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science

Its always cause for celebration when artists look beyond their own navels for inspiration. 

Inspired Responses  

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Series 8:08 Season Finale 2003  Series 8:08

Responses in poetry.

Setting IDAC In Motion 

By Paula Citron In Motion   Integrated Dance Artists Collective

In this expanded review, I hope that the enterprising young women of Integrated Dance Artists Collective (IDAC) won’t mind if I use them as an example for all groups on an inaugural run.

Liquid Memory 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Watermark: visible when held against light Michelle Silagy

A poetic response. 

 

Deconstruct/Disconnect 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel The King and Queen of Ruins, In Good Company Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson, Shannon Cooney

Through short reviews and poetry, I have charted my experiences of DanceWorks’ double bill, The King and Queen of Ruins/In Good Company, performed at the duMaurier Theatre Centre in Toronto from March 13th-15th and featuring the work of choreographers Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson and Shannon Cooney. 

 

A Personal View of Humanity 

Beauty Julia Sasso

Every so often an artist makes a definitive work – one that encapsulates his or her vision of the nature of humanity and the world. Such provocative works stimulate discussion that resonates beyond the particulars of the work itself. 

 

Peggy Baker's "Home" Season 

By Kathleen Smith Home Peggy Baker Dance Projects

If home is where the heart is, dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker’s domestic turf must surely encompass the entire planet – Baker can wear her heart on her sleeve like no other performer.

Of Wishes and Driftwood 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Snakes in my Belly Nicole Fougère

A poetic response.

 

Juxtaposition 

By Kathleen Smith Converse, Virgin Queen Toronto Dance Theatre, Peter Chin, Matjash Mrozewski

Compare and contrast. The recent Toronto Dance Theatre double bill of premieres by Toronto choreographers Peter Chin and Matjash Mrozewski provided a rare opportunity to get analytical about two very different approaches to dance. 

 

Transformations 

Jing Ju/The Secrets Unveiled & Circle of Sacred  William Lau, Dancers for Peace, Sashar Zarif

It never ceases to amaze me that dancers I know well sometimes change in performance to become beings I barely recognize. They animate space, suspend time and grow larger than life. Their bodies can speak, sing, fly or hold perfectly still.  

people : life 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Channel 3: Glass Anchor, Idle Heidi Strauss, Justine Chambers

More poetic responses to motion. 

 

"An Orgy of the Ordinary" 

By Rebecca Todd Volio Lola McLaughlin

As a victim of the hyped-up Toronto lifestyle, I’m grateful when artists have the courage to make works that slow time and open space. As a case in point, I went to Lola McLaughlin’s “Volio” tired and hassled and not at all in the mood for contemporary dance.

Rain-Soaked, Wind-Soaked 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel The Satie Project Serge Bennathan, Dancemakers, Eve Egoyan

A poetic response.

Luna: She, He, All 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Luna O Vertigo

A response in poetry to O Vertigo’s “Luna”.

 

An Expression of Today in Bharatanatyam

By Rebecca Todd Life Lines: an evening of women's lives in dance & theatre  Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations

The theme of women’s lives links the three works by two different choreographers in Life Lines, an evening of bharatanatyam dance presented by Lata Pada’s Sampradaya Dance Creations.

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