Vivine Scarlett clearly believes dance is an instrument for change. She is the founder of the Toronto-based organization dance Immersion, which supports and promotes dances and dance artists of the African Diaspora. In January, dance Immersion will be the first host outside the United States to produce the International Association of Blacks in Dance annual conference.
How can we understand the board-staff structure in a creative arts organization? Contrary to popular belief, a non-hierarchical relationship can be developed based on interaction and shared understanding.
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When Motus O formed fifteen years ago, all the members knew was that they each wanted complete artistic freedom to follow their creative impulses. Of the original five, three founding members have stayed the course, working – and living – together as a collective, producing original dance theatre works that regularly tour regionally, nationally and internationally.
Canada Council announces funding disbursement; TIDF in serious financial trouble; Update on Foreign Affairs Funds; RWB dancers win Gemini Award; Recent awards in dance [Santee Smith; Peter Chin]; Quick Currents [Alberta Ballet; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; Sarah Chase; Louise Lecavalier; Dave St. Pierre; Chan Hon Goh; Bernard Sauvé; Canada Council]
This past spring, tensions simmered in the Toronto dance community between artists and critics in the mainstream media. In this feature article from the July/August 2015 issue, Kathleen Smith has undertaken to investigate the issues that arose – exploring the history, the central issues, the problems and the questions that characterize the discourse today.