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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.

 

Love Hurts

By Catherine Genest Danse de nuit

Danse de nuit by Québec City-based choreographer Karine Ledoyen looks at nightlife and sentimental wounds. It gets at the crazy stuff we do as we attempt to heal ourselves.

 

Call of the Wild

By Philip Szporer Pour

Daina Ashbee, a Montréal-based dance artist with Cree Métis and Dutch heritage, shifts her compass northward, beyond the treeline, to awaken an essential part of her emotional fabric, embodiment and essence with Pour.

 

The Leap: Bold Moments in Time

35th Annual Alberta Dance Festival By Marie France Forcier The 35th Annual Alberta Dance Festival | The Leap: Bold Moments in Time

Strong Albertan ties was the common denominator for the ten choreographers selected by Dancers’ Studio West to present work as part of the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Bold moments in time was the broad thematic glue binding their works into a couple of distinct programs.

 

Dance for All the People

By Lucy Fandel Quartiers Danses Festival

The fourteenth annual Festival Quartiers Danses strung together themes of accessibility, originality, history and joy in contemporary dance today.

 

The Dance Deck Trois is Rich, Intimate and Authentic

By Rachel Silver The Dance Deck Trois

Grassroots performance series pairs dancers’ personal explorations with live classical music in a garden setting.

 

Performing Performances

By Kathleen Smith SummerWorks Festival

Dance was front and centre at SummerWorks this year, building on some serious bonds forged during past editions of this annual contemporary performance festival in Toronto.

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