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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.

 

Weaving the Threads of Collaboration: Ten Years of The Whole Shebang

By Molly Johnson

Through Dreamwalker Dance Company, eight editions of The Whole Shebang have been produced in Toronto. And while Andrea Nann continues to work as a dancer, creator and teacher in a variety of contexts, this ever-evolving production has become her company’s signature event.

 

Calm Amid the Chaos

An Interview with Lara Kramer on her new work Tame By Victoria Mohr-Blakeney

The world premiere is in two days. Kramer listens carefully as her collaborators troubleshoot. Like her work, she is focussed, intuitive, and highly perceptive. A seasoned choreographer with five full-length works, a slew of residencies, and a company under her name, Kramer gracefully brings the discussion to a resolution. There is still more work to be done.

 

Choreographic Residencies Across The Country

By Denise Solleza, Lee Slinger

A compilation of choreographic residencies available across Canada.

 

Is Everyone a Critic?

Changing Paradigms in Dance Criticism By Kathleen Smith

This past spring, tensions simmered in the Toronto dance community between artists and critics in the mainstream media. In this feature article from the July/August 2015 issue, Kathleen Smith has undertaken to investigate the issues that arose – exploring the history, the central issues, the problems and the questions that characterize the discourse today.

 

Emerging with Resilience

Eking Out a Life in Dance By Kate Morris

Emerging dancers, like their peers in other arts sectors, require determination, ingenuity and discipline. Graduates today seem better equipped to deal with the realities of a career in dance, but they require a strong professional network and community in order to persist. Easing the transition has become a goal for a number of service organizations, while grassroots initiatives and collectives provide spaces of creation and exploration, as well as mentorship opportunities, that keep them dancing.

 

SummerWorks Performance Festival Turns Twenty-Five and Formally Invites Dance Out

Interview with Amelia Ehrhardt – SummerWorks Dance Curator By Marie France Forcier

Since the winter of 2014, Toronto-based dance artist Amelia Ehrhardt has been exponentially developing her curatorial profile through the umbrella of Flowchart, a self-founded, small-scale multidisciplinary performance series. Garnering recognition for the quality of her work, Ehrhardt is now SummerWorks’ first dance curator, right in time for the performance festival’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

 

A Meeting of Minds

Merce Cunningham archivist David Vaughan and Pepper Fajans at Montréal’s Fringe Festival By Philip Szporer

Fringe festival-going can be a distinctly hit-or-miss experience. It was my great surprise to happen upon Co. Venture, a beauty of a show produced and developed by the fledgling Brooklyn Touring Outfit in its world premiere. The piece, performed by the duo, is about their cross-age friendship.

 

Dance and Objecthood

By Ben Portis

In dance training, personality routinely gets tamped down. The dancer’s discipline begins with conditioned sublimation of his or her individual identity and experience, let alone spontaneity and expression. This leaves dance in a curiously anachronistic position with respect to a new generational trend in the arts – interdisciplinarity.

 

Staging Sustainability with William Yong in vox:lumen

By Brittany Duggan

Choreographer William Yong premiered his new work vox:lumen at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Theatre from March 4 to 7, 2015. The work is powered by kinetic and renewable energy and asks: what does a show that is powered by sustainability look like?

 

Odysseo with Darren Charles

By Armando Biasi

Before starting hip hop classes at the age of fourteen, Darren Charles trained as a decathlete and high-board diver. He is now the choreographer and resident director for Odysseo the wildly popular equine extravaganza produced by Cavalia.

 

Beyond the ephemerality of dance

The positive impact artists can have in the fight against climate change By Eric Beauchesne

Eric Beauchesne talks about the positive impact dance artists can have in the fight against climate change.

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