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Sylvain Émard in his own work Le chant des sirènes / Photo by Sylvie-Ann Paré
 

An Enduring Presence

By Philip Szporer The Song of the Sirens Sylvain Émard

Sylvain Émard returns to the stage after a fifteen-year absence with a new work that highlights his continued mastery of a soft and vulnerable onstage presence.

Andrew Tay in Make Banana Cry by Tay and Stephen Thompson / Photo by Claudia Chan Tak
 

Slippery Identities

By Helen Simard Make Banana Cry

In their new work, Make Banana Cry, Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson tease and out the tensions between identities and stereotypes in the layers and performance of Asian-ness in western society.

Vinod Para and Xi Yi in Hari Krishnan's Holy Cow(s)! / Photo by Miles Brokenshire
 

Toppling Taboos by Taking On Sacred Cows

Holy Cow(s)! by Hari Krishnan By Aparita Bhandari Holy Cow(s)!

Hari Krishnan has always challenged simplistic notions of tradition. His latest work, Holy Cow(s)!, attempts to break up what Krishnan calls “false binaries”, informed by news headlines around the election of Donald Trump and stereotypes that Krishnan has had to deal with all his life.

Carmen Romero with Alejandro Céspedes in her work Jacinto / Photo by Vanessa Guillen
 

Delving into Familial Pasts

Jacinto by Carmen Romero By Kathleen Smith Jacinto Carmen Romero, produced by Compañia Carmen Romero

Flamenco artist Carmen Romero captures the memory and mystery surrounding her father’s sudden death in Jacinto. Dripping with sadness while exploring movement that is capable of vast expression and infinite consolation, Jacinto situates Romero as part of an experimental new wave that is sweeping flamenco internationally.

Malar Varatharaja, Kate Holden, Nova Bhattacharya, Atri Nundy and Molly Johnson in Bhattacharya’s work Infinite Storms / Photo by John Lauener Photography
 

Dancing Through Migraines and Other Pains

Infinite Storms by Nova Dance By Aparita Bhandari Infinite Storms

These are times in which we need to bear witness. The impetus for Nova Bhattacharya’s latest work, Infinite Storms, came from her experience living with migraines yet speaks to a greater, universal suffering. How do we persevere through pain?

Luke Garwood in Outlook/Overlook by Lauren Cook and Troy Feldman of Alias Dance Project / Photo by Sam So
 

A Thrill in the Air

Alias Dance Project's through your eyes By Colleen Snell through your eyes

Alias Dance Project presents through your eyes, a double bill celebrating the company’s tenth anniversary. Transforming space and distorting time, through your eyes plays with perception and familiarity.

Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson of Throwdown Collective in Various Concert / Photo by Edwin Luk
 

Balanced on the Edge of Humour and Gravity

Throwdown Collective presents Various Concert and Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) By Kathleen Smith Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) / Various Concert

Throwdown Collective finds stability between measured movement and the absurd in a double bill featuring the works Various Concert and Ylem (3 Eggs Ago).

Josh Martin and Hilary Maxwell in Albatross by Company 605 with German Jauregui / Photo by David Cooper
 

One As Two As Two Is One

Albatross by Company 605 with German Jauregui By Brittany Duggan Albatross

Albatross brings the tenderness of the human condition to otherworldly dimensions.

 

More of the Same Strange Forever

Fractals of You by Tentacle Tribe By Mark Mann Fractals of You

Fractals of You takes both its title and primary fascination from the phenomenon of similar patterns repeated at every scale – macro or micro, a fractal looks the same.

 

Canadian-Latin American Dance Today

Vanguardia Dance Festival By Christina Strynatka Vanguardia Dance Showcase: A View on Latin America

Watching A View on Latin America days after Trump’s victory, I couldn’t help but watch this collection of Latin American perspectives and see a community united.

 

Backup Singers Dance Centre Stage

Good Women Dance Collective By Jennifer Mesch Convergence

Good Women Dance Collective commission Vancouver-based Justine Chambers for new work exploring the dance vocabulary and near-star power of backing vocalists.

 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Death

A discussion of Andrew Henderson and Eroca Nichols’ Taking it to the Grave By Jillian Groening

Promoted as a living funeral, Taking it to the Grave was artist, performer and stage manager Andrew Henderson aka Glamdrew’s parting party, a defiant reclaiming of death and a lesson in letting go.

 

Can Choreography Really Change Music?

By Lori Straus petites danses

The concept behind Marie-Josée Chartier’s petites danses is a simple one: how does choreography change the way we hear music?

 

Strength in Unity

By Kate Stashko Encounters

Encounters, the company’s season opener, is a double bill featuring world premieres: Jacinto by Morris and Herd by Toronto guest choreographer Alysa Pires. This is a different Citie Ballet than from the last time I saw them perform.

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