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Diving Deep: David Zambrano and Mat Voorter

A series of conversations with mid-career contemporary dance artists By Danielle Baskerville

Toronto dance artist Danielle Baskerville speaks with contemporary dance artists in their mid-career and beyond about how they sustain themselves and how they move forward – physically, creatively, psychically, practically. In this conversation, she captures the life and experience of dance artists David Zambrano and Mat Voorter in their home in Anderlecht, Brussels, in Belgium.

 

Diving Deep: Valerie Calam

A series of conversations with mid-career contemporary dance artists By Danielle Baskerville

Toronto dance artist Danielle Baskerville speaks with contemporary dance artists in their mid-career and beyond about how they sustain themselves and how they move forward – physically, creatively, psychically, practically. She recorded chats from Brussels, Belgium, and Berlin, Germany, and continues the conversations back home in Canada.

 

New Season Reads

By Emma Kerson

Whether you’re headed back to school or not, the September air always brings about the feeling of education. If you’re looking to expand your horizons with dance literature this fall, here are a couple of new books we feel are worth adding to your reading list.

 

Canadian Dance Goes Audio

Radio and Podcasts Take the Stage By Rachel Silver

Did you know that Canada produces a number of rich listening resources for dancers? Here are some Canadian dance audio highlights for you to tune into.

 

Ballet BC Rehearsal Director Sylvain Senez Retires

By Brittany Duggan

In a phone interview with The Dance Current, Ballet BC’s longtime rehearsal director, Sylvain Senez, reflects on his time with the company, how dance has changed in the past thirty-five years, and what he’s got planned next.

 

Habitual Gestures

By Pia Lo

Dancer, choreographer and teacher Meredith Kalaman

 

Into the Tao is Full of Street Dance Soul

By Rachel Silver

Street dance is vibrant and brimming with talent in Vancouver. Into the Tao is a journey into a street dancer’s mind and the psychology of going into a dance battle. In this project, Kim Sato explores the reasons why street dancers put themselves through battles, when it can be incredibly stressful and physically demanding.

 

Cross-Canada Checkup

Canada Dance Festival takes the pulse of dance in Canada By Kathleen Smith

Now gearing up for its twentieth edition, CDF offers an important accounting of the state of the art of dance across the country. With regular “off-year” events and a full-on festival every other year, the festival is dedicated to growing audiences in the Ottawa region and providing a meeting site for dance artists across regional, generational, cultural and disciplinary lines.

 

Lucilla Munaretto Returns to the Stage

By Brittany Duggan

Coastal City Ballet dancer Lucila Munaretto, the twenty-one-year-old who was in a near-fatal rollerblading accident last summer, makes a comeback with a character role in new Swan Lake.

 

Skating on the (B)rink

By Philip Szporer

With their daring innovations and flair, and an undeniably egalitarian mode of presentation, Montréal’s Le Patin Libre is gliding its way onto the world stage, continually igniting and spurring on new support and interest for the work and the group’s ambitions.

 

Chan Hon Goh on Change and Giving Back

The principal dancer turned teacher and her cross-Canada master class tour By Emma Kerson

Coaching the next generation of aspiring ballerinas as part of her role as director of the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, Vancouver’s Chan Hon Goh shares her favourite ballets, what dance means to her and the her thoughts on the state of Canadian ballet.

 

Liquid Leading

Breaking Ballroom Traditions By Lori Straus

The rules of ballroom dance have been evolving since day one. But, according to Burlington-based dancer and actor Trevor Copp, they’ve still a ways to go to before reflecting our current contemporary society.

 

Exclusion in Inclusion

Male dancers are in high demand, but at what expense does the dance world seek to encourage their participation? By Carolyn Hebert

There are many current programs and incentives aimed to encourage boys and men to dance, but how do they affect the girls and women with whom the male dancers train and perform? Carolyn Hebert examines the implications of such policies on both male and female dancers, as well as the dance world more broadly. She examines the consequences of the use of gendered language of athleticism as a way to make dance appear more masculine. Using her own research amongst adolescent dancer in a competitive studio, she highlights how costume, choreography and teaching practice often prioritize boys’ experience at the expense of the girls.

 

Dancescopes 2016

By Ruth Madden

Your year in dance.

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