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Finding Balance: Text, speech and audio, oh my!

By Kallee Lins Audio Guides

This mixed program featured three choreographies, each one exploring the relationship between movement and language, and the interplay between the sonic and the visual.

 

Sounding Off

Broken Sound2 by Brian Webb Dance Company By Jennifer Mesch Broken Sound squared

In Broken Sound2 by sound and visual artist Gary James Joynes and dancer/choreographer Brian Webb, the entire audience is invited onto the proscenium stage. The audience sits on benches and cushions around the performers and become enclosed within the stage space and the projection panels as the curtain closes.

 

Footsteps Across Canada

A Journey Across Canada's African Diaspora By Colleen Snell Footsteps Across Canada

While the choreographic work varied drastically from one piece to the next, universal themes of loss, tradition, internal struggle, displacement and the challenges posed by communication wove the dances together.

 

Four Portraits of a Young Woman

Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects By Holly Harris Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects

The eclectic program featured three commissioned world premieres by Montréal soloist Margie Gillis, Winnipeg-based choreographers Peter Quanz and Hiley’s mother, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, as well as a signature work by acclaimed dance artist Stephanie Ballard.

 

Exchanging Gaze

Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard at PuSh By Brittany Duggan Relative Collider

Relative Collider by New York- and Paris-based Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard of Paris begins quietly and doesn’t stray far from the casual and meticulous vibe it sets up. What this seemingly simple work lacked in dynamism, it gained in space to receive and absorb imagery and connections between the dancers, Godard and the open space.

 

Major Motion Picture

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre By Robin J. Miller

It’s hard not to expect a lot from Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. Their last piece, Me So You So Me, knocked the socks off critics and audiences alike across the country. Major Motion Picture does not feel as integrated or complete, but it has enough moments of breathtaking originality to make it a must-see.

 

Telling Histories in Present Tense

Royal Winnipeg Ballet By Emma Doran Going Home Star - truth and reconciliation

I attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s latest commission, Going Home Star, with eagerness and a drop of apprehension. How do I “judge” or describe the representation of this history that is so integral to present lives, policies and dialogues? Who am I to do this?

 

Van Grimde Corps Secrets

Symphonie 5.1 By Philip Szporer Symphonie 5.1

Multimedia experimentation is the driving force behind Symphonie 5.1, a platform for applying video projections as a light source, working to reveal dancers’ bodies, or a sense of them, rather than showing other pre-recorded images alongside them.

 

Rock Dance Returns

The Holy Body Tattoo and Godspeed You! Black Emperor at PuSh By Brittany Duggan monumental

monumental by The Holy Body Tattoo was a major highlight at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. It grapples with contemporary themes such as the anxiety of urban life – modern society’s persisting anxiety – and an increasing interaction and dependence with technology. And though not narrative, the social and political threads root the work, making it relevant and relatable.

 

Urban Myth

Next Stage Theatre Festival By Christina Strynatka URBAN MYTH

The only dance highlight at this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival was Urban Myth, brainchild of York University grad Deanne Kearney.

 

After Thirty Years, Kokoro Dances the Book of Love

By Andrea Rabinovitch The Book of Love

The Book of Love is a dense, multi-layered exploration of filial love, sexual love, maternal love, violent love. Often tragic, sometimes hilarious, all elements combine to create a highly entertaining experience.

 

The Big and Small of Power Dynamics

By Christina Strynatka Armband

Armband an exploration into some of the push-and-pull of relationships that govern us every day, including power, community and individuality.

 

When Love Was Pink

By Mark Mann Rosé Porn Zoja Smutny

Zoja Smutny’s Rosé Porn is the culmination of her two-year residency at Dancemakers. In it, Smutny reshapes the performance space as an arena of possibility and potential, rather than a platform for the delivery of entertaining product.

 

Permission to View Freely

entrances and exits by TOES for Dance By Sarah Lochhead Entrances & Exits

entrances and exits by TOES for Dance showcased a diverse range of what one might expect to see under the catch-all term contemporary dance with eleven individual dance pieces on the bill.

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