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Decolonizing Dance Stages

This year in Canada, the conversation about diversity, inclusion and representation has been omnipresent. I’m profoundly happy that more presenters, curators and jurors have brought these words into their vocabulary. But I question what they’re really referring to. Do we all really feel and understand the urgency? More precisely, when asking, “What does the word diversity really mean?” the answers from the dance milieu are often incomplete, reflecting a lack of comprehension of the issues at stake. By Rhodnie Désir

Review

New Year, New Awakening

Ballet Creole opens the holidays by intersecting the Toronto theatre community and the NextSteps contemporary dance series with its annual seasonal ritual – Soulful Messiah. The performance is Artistic Director and Founder Patrick Parson’s choreographic concept of navigating different emotional stages of life and spirituality and how one copes through its peaks and valleys. By Collette Murray

Column

On the Ground

The why and how of photography for dancers By Grace Smith

News

Summer and Fall Awards and Honours

A round up of the 2017 summer and fall awards, honours and news

Video

Calgary Catalysts

Summer Sesh
 

Video was and continues to be a stimulus for Krump artists across the globe and in Canada. In The Dance Current’s September/October 2017 issue, Lucy May explores the rise of the style in Canada.

Contest

Social Dance A Book of Ballroom Poetry by Carolyn Boll

Enter for your chance to win a signed copy of Carolyn Boll’s new book “Social Dance A Book of Ballroom Poetry” published by Sally Jane Books.

Video

Flashback Friday

A Tribe Called Red "The Road" (live) -- Polaris Music Prize 2013
 

This video from the 2013 Polaris Music Prize features hoop dancer and pow wow fit instructor James Jones playing with a mix of b-boy and traditional movement.

Review

Hauntings and Bleeding Hearts

Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited is an ambitious new chamber opera that blends Japanese Noh theatre and western classical music. Produced by TomoeArts, the work is a collaboration between artists from Japan and Vancouver. The story combines two Noh plays about the renowned ninth-century Japanese poet Ono no Komachi, as well as five of her original poems. By Heidi Specht

News

A Tale of (Residency in) Two Cities

In the past few years, two of Canada’s most prominent contemporary dance companies have been shifting their perspective away from the traditional company structure, and the resulting expectations, toward creation hubs. The idea is to serve the evolving needs of the choreographic community. Now, Dancemakers Centre for Creation and Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) are teaming up to create a cross-city artistic bridge between Toronto and Montréal.

Feature

The Politics of Dance

Ten years ago, in the Summer 2007 issue, Shannon Litzenberger, then executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, wrote a column about the dance community and the federal government, “Coping with the Conservatives: CDA reflects on a year of cultural policy under Canada’s new government.” The Dance Current asked current executive director Kate Cornell to comment on the changes over the past decade and the relationship with the Trudeau Liberal government. By Kate Cornell

Column

Writers & Readers

In 2016, in celebration of Xing Dance Theatre’s thirtieth anniversary and an eight-year sabbatical from their previous production of The Nutcracker, choreographer Xing Bang Fu and French Canadian professional ballet dancer Simon Sylvain Lalonde presented a new interpretation of the classic holiday tale with the intention of exploring the boundaries of gender and identity entitled The Nutcracker Doll. This year’s production of the work focuses on the central theme of parenting, exploring how a parent can guide a child to confront personal challenges and realize their own ways to express themselves. By Sarah Lochhead

Gallery

This is Our Place

This is Our Place was a mini dance residency held and performed within a Toronto home in between tenants. Featuring six local dance artists over the course of three days, the residency concluded with a work-in-progress showing on November 4.

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