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Brittany Duggan

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Brittany Duggan is a Vancouver-based dance artist and journalist, and current graduate student at the University of British Columbia.

She was The Dance Current’s Online Editor from June 2015 through December 2016, Managing Editor from 2014 through 2015, Production and Office Manager 2011 through 2013 and has been involved with the organization through various internships and as a writer since 2005.

Duggan graduated from York University’s BFA Program in Dance in 2009 and has since collaborated with a number of independent dance artists including Kate Hilliard, Susan Cash, Tracey Norman, Susan Kendal, Krista Posyniak, Jenny-Anne McCowan and Aviva Fleising. Choreographic credits include she.d (2014), a solo with cellist Kailyn Winick, works for the McMaster University Dance Company, Scienceography (2011) for Toronto’s Fringe Festival, Mayfly (2011) for The Creative Republic and mountain girl (2010). 

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Brittany Duggan's Work

 

Choreographing Community

Vancouver’s community-engaged dance momentum By Brittany Duggan

“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.

 

The Embodied Remnants of Relationships Past and Present

Saudade by Joshua Beamish and MOVETHECOMPANY By Brittany Duggan

Joshua Beamish’s Saudade, which was commissioned by Theater Freiburg in Germany, takes its name from a Portuguese word for having a deep incompleteness and recognizing that feeling as familiar. For the men performing, this idea comes across as a variety of relationship-based scenarios – romantic or not. The work depicts a range of relationships that we can relate to, those that are fleeting for us and others that have been lasting.

 

All About Giselle

Giselle by Coastal City Ballet By Brittany Duggan

First staged in 1841, Giselle is often thought of as a straightforward story ballet. Vancouver-based Coastal City Ballet, a repertory company founded in 2011, stuck closely to the very specific and illustrative music by French composer Adolphe Adam, and choreographer Irene Schneider does an impressive job of working with the score to create scenes that challenge the various levels of dance ability within the company.

Max Wyman / Photo by Yukiko Onley, courtesy of BC Alliance for Arts and Culture
 

New Criticism Award Launched in BC

On April 18, a new award that acknowledges excellence in critical writing and commentary on the visual, performing and literary arts will be celebrated in Vancouver. The Max Wyman Award for Cultural Commentary, or “The Max,” is the brainchild of community leader and philanthropist Dr. Yosef Wosk.

Josh Martin and Hilary Maxwell in Albatross by Company 605 with German Jauregui / Photo by David Cooper
 

One As Two As Two Is One

Albatross by Company 605 with German Jauregui By Brittany Duggan Albatross

Albatross brings the tenderness of the human condition to otherworldly dimensions.

Lost Boy

Calgary performing arts company The Show expands their production portfolio with music videos.

Vivarium

Vivarium is an installation of dance, music and gardening by Montréal’s Lucy M. May, Paige Culley, Noémie Avidar and Patrick Conan.

Faux Solo

It’s all in the details for dancer, choreographer, and now producer, Ralph Escamillan. That’s what the Vancouver-based artist most enjoyed about making his first dancefilm with the FORM (Festival of Recorded Movement) Film Festival Commission Fund.

 

Mind the Gap

Two dance artists discuss bridging the divide between training and a professional career By Brittany Duggan

For many dancers in Canada, there’s a disconnect between training and the professional world. Melanie Kloetzel and Amber Funk Barton discuss fostering the next generation of creative independent dance artists.

Burnwater: Alchemy

East Coast artists make an interdisciplinary connection between the art of the moving body and that of blacksmith work in Burnwater: Alchemy.

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