“It was a big relief for me to learn that I could let go of most of the control and trust that there is a greater force at play in the creative process,” says Calgary-based choreographer and performer Helen Husak, known for her discipline and strong work ethic.
We are clearly privileged, in Canada, that working conditions have been governed by laws and regulations for some time now. What of our working conditions in the dance studio? Are artists excluded from ethical work practices? What role do training institutions and dance presenters play?
Funding cuts for Alberta's artists; Édouard Lock to receive Governor General's Performing Arts Award; Chrystal Awards honour Victoria artists [Treena Stubel; David Ferguson; Lori Hamar; Miles Lowry; Lynda Raino]; Losses in the dance community: Margaret Dale and Beverley Miller
Most dance artists and presenters must negotiate the tension between creating work that meets their artistic goals, that is accessible to their community and that provides the fiscal support required to live as an artist and to run a company. Emma Doran speaks with artists, organizations and presenters across the country to discuss who they envision their audience, how they are seeking to reach those individuals and what constitutes meaningful engagement with them.