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Ted Shawn’s Dream: Redux

By Philip Szporer

Now, in its eighty-forth season, the ten-week festival is home to artists performing on the various stages, including an impressive outdoor venue named Inside/Out. The School at Jacob’s Pillow brings faculty and students from the ballet, contemporary and dance theatre streams of dance, and this year change was in the air.

 
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Border Crossings

By Philip Szporer

In late April, I was an invited guest at the Northwest Network of Dance Festivals. The network brings together five major international dance festivals, located in three different states of the northwest region of Mexico: Sonora, Sinaloa and Baja California. Over a period of two weeks, I presented a talk on the development of Canadian video-dance entitled “Northern Exposures.”

 
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A Moving Sound Amidst the Hedgerow: Choeur Maha at the Reford Gardens

By Philip Szporer

Sound artist, composer, and choral conductor Kathy Kennedy envisions is an eighteenth-century court dance, evoking the symmetrical sense of the garden, and using those structures compositionally for the Incantata floralis.

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Breaking Out

By Philip Szporer

In the spectacularly popular gaming arena, dance has been marginalized due to its seemingly limited commercial viability, but that is changing.

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Sia, Shia, and Maddie: The Elastic Heart

By Philip Szporer

The new year has started off with a bang, courtesy of the Australian singer-songwriter Sia and her latest music video, Elastic Heart. The video features a warring dance by actor-turned-performance artist Shia LaBeouf and the phenomenal dance sensation Maddie Ziegler, best known for her appearance on the competition reality series Dance Moms.

 
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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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CINARS: Convergence and Discovery

By Philip Szporer

The biennial CINARS (Conférence internationale des arts de la scène) is an intense meeting of minds and a don’t-miss event of magnitude. Numbers speak for themselves: this year, for its sixteenth edition, over 1500 participants (presenters, producers, agents, artists) from across the country and around the world converged on Montréal for what many consider one of the most stimulating and inspiring performing arts markets around, a place in which they could build their business.

 
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Dancing Through Words with Wendy Perron

By Philip Szporer

To promote her new book Through the Eyes of a Dancer, Wendy Perron, the noted American choreographer, dancer, writer and editor, participated in a lively and wide-ranging conversation with colleague Maura Keefe for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s PillowTalks.

 
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Dancing the Rite of Spring Today: Bodies, Particles, Technologies and Affects

By Philip Szporer

The way in which dance can exist at the intersection of art and technology can be directly linked to the early work of Thomas Edison, the Lumière brothers and many of their confreres. In Canada, the Montréal-based husband and wife team of filmmaker Denis Poulin and choreographer Martine Époque have been radically recomposing and altering human movement, creating a body of performance that can only exist in virtual form.

 
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A Tangled Obsession

By Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer discusses A Good Madness – The Dance of Rachel Browne, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Danielle Sturk.

 
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Transcending Cultures

By Philip Szporer

Emerging from a complex political history in the twentieth century, the spirit of Czech independence comes to fruition in the contemporary performing arts community in Prague.

 
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The Wonder of Motion

By Philip Szporer

If you’re an adventurous internaute and love the act of online discovery, the announcement that the New York Public Library (NYPL) has digitized over a thousand hours of dance videos marks a thrilling moment in time.

 
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Living Breathing Dance

By Philip Szporer

It’s rare that a dance artist means so much to so many people. Margie Gillis is that exception.

 
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Team Spirit

By Philip Szporer

For the last week, I, along with billions of people around the world, have been following the pageant of the Olympic Winter Games.

 
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Banging on the Ceiling

By Philip Szporer

Dance’s increasingly precarious ecology is creating a scary time for young choreographers, especially those with great expectations.

 
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2013 Round-up

By Philip Szporer

Our online regional editor in Montréal shares his favourite dance performances in 2013.

 
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On Criticism

By Philip Szporer

Choreographers have been unburdening their anger at dance critics on social media, taking them to task for negative reviews and registering disdain for the scribes’ perceived lack of insight. Our Montréal regional online editor Philip Szporer weighs in.

 
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Charting Cultural Values

By Philip Szporer

Over the last few weeks, Québec has been rocked by the introduction of a proposed Charter of Québec Values – it’s a divisive and heated re-evaluation of the social fabric.

 
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New Edifice Complex

By Philip Szporer

It’s positive news that Espace Danse Québec, the performing arts space planned for the heart of Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles, will be up and running by the summer of 2015.

 
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Home and Away

By Philip Szporer

In the first of regular monthly columns, Philip Szporer muses on watching dance at home in Montréal and away at Jacob’s Pillow.

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