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Reflections from Karen Kain

As The National Ballet of Canada prepares for their international tour, Karen Kain reflects on her twelfth year as artistic director.

David Zurak / Photo courtesy of Oliver Tobin
 

Remembering David Zurak

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and member of the Martha Graham Dance Company David Zurak died in New York on March 9, 2017, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Wake

Wake explores the isolation created by technology and how we can rebuild and reconnect with the people around us.

 

Diving Deep: Sarah Ludi

A series of conversations with mid-career contemporary dance artists By Danielle Baskerville

Toronto dance artist Danielle Baskerville speaks with contemporary dance artists in their mid-career and beyond about how they sustain themselves and how they move forward – physically, creatively, psychically, practically. In this conversation, she captures the life of Roasa company member Sarah Ludi who is a freelance dance artist, new teacher of the Alexander Technique and mother.

 
On the Ground

Time on Tour

By Scott McCabe

Compagnie Marie Chouinard dancer Scott McCabe takes us on tour with him, from packing to airports, through amazing as well underwhelming experiences.

 

Diving Deep: David Zambrano and Mat Voorter

A series of conversations with mid-career contemporary dance artists By Danielle Baskerville

Toronto dance artist Danielle Baskerville speaks with contemporary dance artists in their mid-career and beyond about how they sustain themselves and how they move forward – physically, creatively, psychically, practically. In this conversation, she captures the life and experience of dance artists David Zambrano and Mat Voorter in their home in Anderlecht, Brussels, in Belgium.

Jazzy Alix's Winning Performance

North American Pole Dance Championship win for Québec dancer Jazzy Alix.

Danced Reality of Black America

A call to compassion and call to action in artful dancefilm directed and danced by Jon Boogz with Lil Buck

Dance, Music and Story in 52 Portraits

52 Portraits is a digital project featuring brief videos of dancers or performers accompanied with music and autobiographical lyrics.

 
360 Dance

Ted Shawn’s Dream: Redux

By Philip Szporer

Now, in its eighty-forth season, the ten-week festival is home to artists performing on the various stages, including an impressive outdoor venue named Inside/Out. The School at Jacob’s Pillow brings faculty and students from the ballet, contemporary and dance theatre streams of dance, and this year change was in the air.

New Photographic Series Focuses on the True Joy of Dance

11 Million Reasons, a new photographic series by Sean Goldthorpe commissioned by People Dancing, puts the spotlight on inclusivity in dance with cinematic flare.

T.Milly Productions Presents Ayden Nguyen

Six-year-old dance superstar Ayden Nguyen goes viral in a piece choreographed by Edmonton’s Alexander Chung.

L.A. Calling

Vancouver-based dancer Alisha Tallarico is making the plunge from her hometown to the L.A. dance scene. With a love for commercial dance, what better place is there to flock to?

The Online Dance Company Project

The latest buzz from the Portuguese dance scene, the Online Dance Company Project brings dance out of the theatre and into the palm of your hand.

Software Teaches Itself How to Dance

“It takes ten years, usually, to make a dancer” according to Martha Graham. Although Martha never had computer technology as a pupil.

 
On the Ground

Cruise Ship Dancing with Edmonton’s Sierra Lacombe

Three months ago I was hired as a production cast dancer for Royal Caribbean Productions aboard the Quantum of the Seas, the second largest ship in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines fleet. It’s my dream job.

 

Cirque du Soleil Steps onto Broadway

Cirque du Soleil’s new Broadway production Paramour opened May 25 in New York. The show is a fusion of acrobatics, dance and song tied together with a Broadway narrative, a love triangle set in the golden age of Hollywood.

Chimera

Chimera, an energetic, kaleidoscopic dancefilm written and directed by Paris-based filmmaker Steven Briand, is inspired by the chimera, a mythological hybrid of a lion, goat and snake.

 
360 Dance

Border Crossings

By Philip Szporer

In late April, I was an invited guest at the Northwest Network of Dance Festivals. The network brings together five major international dance festivals, located in three different states of the northwest region of Mexico: Sonora, Sinaloa and Baja California. Over a period of two weeks, I presented a talk on the development of Canadian video-dance entitled “Northern Exposures.”

Basketball-ography, Anyone?

The Harlem Globetrotters recently made their way through six Canadian provinces on an eighteen-city tour, and here they take to an outdoor basketball court in Greenwich Village to mix cool tricks with bouncing beats.

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