“I would listen to Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev and hear the hip hop in it,” says ballet and break dancer Victor Quijada. He and Anne Plamondon co-direct the Montréal-based Rubberbandance Group, creating works that blur the line between ballet and breaking.
B2 is a new work created by British choreographer Mavin Khoo for the dancers of Sampradaya Dance Creations and Ballet Jörgen Canada. Here, artistic director Lata Pada and Bengt Jörgen talk with writer and scholar Suzanne Jaeger about the position and practice of classicism in bharanatyam and ballet.
Canada Council strategic investment benefits dance; Leonard Gibson 1926-2008; Jennifer Fournier retires; Alberta announces new cultural policy; Equity introduces new dance policy; CADA Ontario names new executive director [Elizabeth Chitty]; Marcuse and SFU launch new centre; Quick Currents [2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; Jacob Zimmer; Actors’ Fund of Canada; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts; Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Wild Rose Farm Artist Retreat; International Dance Day Message 2008]
How can we improve the working and living conditions of independent dance artists in Canada? Thirty years ago three dance artists founded the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists to educate and advocate on behalf of dancers. How have working conditions of dancers changed since then? And what are the pressing issues that need to be addressed in the present?