For fifty years, the Canada Council for the Arts has supported dance activity in Canada. Trading moments in the history of Canadian dance alongside the development of key cultural policies reveals interconnections between the two. Now, with the Council chaired and directed by dance professionals, it is an opportune moment for dance in Canada.
Having recently embarked on an independent career, former Dancemakers dancer Susie Burpee premieres a new solo this month. In creating The Spinter’s Almanac, Burpee has drawn on her recent studies with clown and physical theatre master teacher Philippe Gaulier, who counts among his students Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali-G and Borat fame.
With many Canadian dance organizations approaching their twenty-fifth and thirtieth anniversaries, the community has entered a new stage of development. Legacy and succession have become important issues and organizations are being required to articulate their plans for the future. Here are some recommendations to guide you.
David Cooper is renowned for his ability to “capture the moment” in his dance photography. He has also worked in theatre, film and television. Here, he offers a glimpse of his dance portfolio.
Studio 303 suspends spring season; Evelyn Hart receives Order of Manitoba; David Brian Morrison 1960-2007; Susan Lee leaves Series 8:08; Vinok Worldance welcomes dancers from Europe; Canada Council for the Arts celebrates fifty years; Quick Currents [Canada’s National Ballet School’s Jarvis Street Campus; Sharon Moore; Kinetic Studio; Compagnie Marie Chouinard]