The Manitoba Project: From Pointe Shoes to Powwow brought contemporary, ballet and Long Plain First Nation powwow dances together with visual artists and composers as co-creators and co-articulators of some of the country’s distinct dance traditions.
A conversation with Robyn Campbell and Anne Flynn. Drawing on their own experiences, Robyn Campbell and Anne Flynn discuss their views on values, practices and approaches in community dance. While questioning the use and meaning of the term “access”, they agree that community dance is part of the broad artistic picture.
“I think in the past I was seeing the company as a kind of showcase for the marvellous choreographers we were finding from here and afar, and now … it’s more of an incubation place,” says Montréal Danse artistic director Kathy Casey. In her role, Casey focusses on facilitating choreographers’ creative investigations.
David Adams 1928-2007; Brydon Paige 1933-2007; The Cultch begins revitalization project; RWB reaches fundraising goal; Journées de la culture; MADance Screen Salon Debuts [Kaeja d’Dance]; Guillaume Côté wins Gemini; Nuit Blanche envelops Toronto; Quick Currents [Cirque du Soleil; The National Ballet of Canada; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; Chanti Wadge; The Abilities Arts Festival]
Celebrated American choreographer Lila York arrived in Winnipeg this fall to stage The Handmaid’s Tale for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (it opens in Winnipeg on October 16). Holly Harris chatted with her about women’s rights, the challenges of transforming words into movement and what she learned during her twelve-year tenure with Paul Taylor.