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Shoes, Pumpkins and a Paparazzo 

By Kathleen Smith "Cinderella" James Kudelka, The National Ballet of Canada

The story of Cinderella and her glass slipper is as old as the hills. Although versions of the story are a cultural phenomenon around the world, we in the West are most familiar with Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale, Cendrillon, ou la petite pantoufle de verre. That or Disney.

 

Painter/Cartographer -- Dancer/Storyteller 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel "Portraits/Mapping" Sarah Chase

Sarah Chase paints portraits without paint and creates maps with no arrow pointing north. Instead she replaces brushstrokes with spoken stories and degrees of latitude with movement - her own gestural vocabulary.

 

A Spirited Portrait 

By Kathleen Smith "Tziganes" Serge Bennathan, Dancemakers

Family and home are usually equated with security, grounded in a place with four walls and a roof. For much of the world however, family and home might mean something much more ephemeral. The tone for such musings is set in the opening moments of Serge Bennathan’s newest work for Dancemakers, “Tziganes”. 

 

Dance, Drama and Drumming 

By Kathleen Smith Middle Passage: A Journey from Africa to the Americas COBA (Collective of Black Artists)

A warm embrace on a cold, damp night was COBA (Collective of Black Artists)’s gift to Toronto audiences with their recent show, “Middle Passage”, at Harbourfront’s Premiere Dance Theatre.

 

Sepia Snapshots: A Poetic Response 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Old Country, Resistance Kaeja d'Dance

A response in poetry. 

 

Wrestling with Memory 

By Bridget Cauthery Autobiography: Chapters One through Five Gerry Trentham

Gerry Trentham is a creator of moments. One of my all-time favourite moments in contemporary dance came courtesy of Trenthams 1998 work “Cathedral”. And so I went to “Autobiography: Chapters One through Five” expecting moments. I was not disappointed. 

 

Intellectually Playful Dance 

By Kathleen Smith Sly Verb Christopher House, Toronto Dance Theatre

In the intellectually playful world of Christopher House, dance is usually just one of many ideas. House regularly wraps his full-length works in layers of text and theatrical imagery to express a very catholic curiosity about history, science, art and life.  

 

Motion in Motion 

By Philip Szporer Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video  Moving Pictures Festival

The 12th annual edition of the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, curated by Kathleen M. Smith and Marc Glassman, opened in grand style, with a ballet-based evening of screen dance.  

 

Faces of Memory 

By Philip Szporer Cinq voix, cinq visages Jane Mappin

In “Cinq voix, cinq visages”, choreographer Jane Mappin conjures up a whole community of dancers, singers, storytellers and a mixed-generation cast, in a ninety-minute medley of stage performance along with video interviews and moving images. Mappin says she’s fascinated by the idea of memory. 

 

Dance from the Heart 

By Kathleen Smith (a)round 2 Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracey, Four Chambers Dance Projects

When words fail, dance can still tell an eloquent story. But how satisfying it is when words and movement are mixed in just the right proportions (for me, three parts dance to one part language) to present complicated ideas about personal history, emotional truth and the sad/funny foibles of the human condition.  

Parks Full of Dance 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Dusk Dances  Dusk Dances

Neither the dark sky, nor the wet grass deterred the formidable crowd from coming out on the evening of July 11th, to enjoy the first park on Corpus two-park Dusk Dances festival. This year marks producers David Danzon and Sylvie Bouchards ninth event. Since its inception, Dusk Dances has become a summer-time institution  

Dance and Biology 

By Kathleen Smith Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science 2  Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science

Its always cause for celebration when artists look beyond their own navels for inspiration. 

Inspired Responses  

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Series 8:08 Season Finale 2003  Series 8:08

Responses in poetry.

Setting IDAC In Motion 

By Paula Citron In Motion   Integrated Dance Artists Collective

In this expanded review, I hope that the enterprising young women of Integrated Dance Artists Collective (IDAC) won’t mind if I use them as an example for all groups on an inaugural run.

Liquid Memory 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Watermark: visible when held against light Michelle Silagy

A poetic response. 

 

Sleek Statements 

Reclusive Conclusions and other duets Tedd Robinson

The world premiere of Tedd Robinson’s production Reclusive Conclusions and other duets is definitely one of the highlights of dance in the nation’s capital this season. In a break from his self-labelled “reclusive existence” as a solo artist, the Ottawa-based Robinson choreographed three duets for himself and guest artists Mako Kawano, Louise Lecavalier and Margie Gillis. 

 

Deconstruct/Disconnect 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel The King and Queen of Ruins, In Good Company Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson, Shannon Cooney

Through short reviews and poetry, I have charted my experiences of DanceWorks’ double bill, The King and Queen of Ruins/In Good Company, performed at the duMaurier Theatre Centre in Toronto from March 13th-15th and featuring the work of choreographers Sasha Ivanochko, Lesandra Dodson and Shannon Cooney. 

 

A Personal View of Humanity 

Beauty Julia Sasso

Every so often an artist makes a definitive work – one that encapsulates his or her vision of the nature of humanity and the world. Such provocative works stimulate discussion that resonates beyond the particulars of the work itself. 

 

Peggy Baker's "Home" Season 

By Kathleen Smith Home Peggy Baker Dance Projects

If home is where the heart is, dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker’s domestic turf must surely encompass the entire planet – Baker can wear her heart on her sleeve like no other performer.

Of Wishes and Driftwood 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Snakes in my Belly Nicole Fougère

A poetic response.

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