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Expressive Bodies and Digital Cultures

What is at stake for dancers and the dance profession in the face of technological advances? Dena Davida explores this question, based on her experiences at Symposium IX, presented by Audiokinetic and organized at/by the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) in Montréal, Québec, from May 30th through June 3rd, 2017. By Dena Davida

Review

Sizing Up a Double Dose of Summer Dance

What does it mean to review evolving choreography? Philip Szporer reflects on two works-in-progress from the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur. By Philip Szporer

Column

On the Ground

On June 2nd, Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) hosted Sharing Dance Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The annual event is NBS’s flagship community outreach initiative, which offers free dance programs to the public. Toronto was just one out of the five cities to host official Sharing Dance events, with other cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. As part of the event The Dance Current asked attendees to tell us about a dance related topic or artist they’re interested in learning more about. By Sarah Lochhead, Anastasia Kolotova, Valeria Nunziato

News

Toronto's 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

A list of the winners and nominees of the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Video

Dancing Fingers

Check out Halifax-based dance artist Lydia Zimmer’s hand choreography.

Contest

Summer Dreaming: Sponsored by Ceilidh Surprise

Enter for a chance to win your very own Red Heart Medium Dream Duffel package with a Red Attitude Cosmetic Bag sponsored by Ceilidh Surprise – Canada’s Dream Duffel Headquarters!

Video

Dancing to Learn

Dancing To Learn
 

Dancing to Learn shows students at Perth Avenue Public School and dance educator Arwyn Carpenter in action – exploring, creating and moving together in the gymnasium. Peppered with comments from the students and Carpenter’s insightful articulation, the video demonstrates the benefits and transferrable skills facilitated through dance.

Review

Funhouse Benediction

Winnipeg-based contemporary dance artists Tanja Faylene Woloshen and Lise McMillan presented Holy Wild, a surrealistic walk on the wild side inspired by nature and siren calls to freedom. By Holly Harris

News

Ancestralizing the Present

Ancestralizing the Present was a free event hosted at The Dance Centre on June 10, 2017, with performances by Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers), Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) and Aeriosa. The event marks the extension of Mique’l Dangeli’s doctoral thesis “Dancing Sovereignty: Protocol and Politics in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance” and it involved “taking the time to get to know one another” – an approach that Dangeli believes to be closer to “reconciliation” than projects that simply tick the boxes of inclusivity, or demand that Indigenous artists perform settlers’ expectations of Indigenous culture.

Feature

Broadening the Stage

Pervasive conceptions about which bodies are considered beautiful, professionally acceptable or healthy continue to restrict how individuals seek self-expression through the art of dance. Activists, experts and dance artists discuss the importance of body diversity in presenting a wider range of lived experiences onstage, reaching new audiences and connecting with them more meaningfully. By Cristina Matteis

Column

What's In Your Dancebag?

Packing for a performance (and the end of the world)

Gallery

#CanadaDances on International Dance Day 2017

A roundup of images and videos from the Canadian dance community on International Dance Day.

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