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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.

 

A Bazaar of Impressions 

By Philip Szporer Schatje George Stamos

George Stamos is the kind of choreographer that can’t make tidy dances, but that’s not to say he doesn’t use his material judiciously. In “Schatje” (the affectionate Dutch word “honey”, which, according to Stamos, is used by gays, prostitutes and drag queens), he’s feeding on club and strip joint behaviour in a theatrical setting, and everything and everyone is open to scrutiny – the manipulator and the manipulated, the subject/object and the viewer/viewed.

Of Wishes and Driftwood 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Snakes in my Belly Nicole Fougère

A poetic response.

 

Juxtaposition 

By Kathleen Smith Converse, Virgin Queen Toronto Dance Theatre, Peter Chin, Matjash Mrozewski

Compare and contrast. The recent Toronto Dance Theatre double bill of premieres by Toronto choreographers Peter Chin and Matjash Mrozewski provided a rare opportunity to get analytical about two very different approaches to dance. 

 

Still-Life Inspires Motion 

By Philip Szporer elles Louise Bédard

Choreographer Louise Bédard’s deep respect for Modotti has inspired her new production, “elles”.

 

Transformations 

Jing Ju/The Secrets Unveiled & Circle of Sacred  William Lau, Dancers for Peace, Sashar Zarif

It never ceases to amaze me that dancers I know well sometimes change in performance to become beings I barely recognize. They animate space, suspend time and grow larger than life. Their bodies can speak, sing, fly or hold perfectly still.  

people : life 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Channel 3: Glass Anchor, Idle Heidi Strauss, Justine Chambers

More poetic responses to motion. 

 

A Cerebral Take on a Swirling Tale 

By Kaija Pepper Scheherazade John Alleyne, Ballet BC

Vancouverites had to wait until mid-November for the ballet season to open this year, when Ballet British Columbia premiered artistic director John Alleyne’s “Scheherazade”.  

 

"An Orgy of the Ordinary" 

By Rebecca Todd Volio Lola McLaughlin

As a victim of the hyped-up Toronto lifestyle, I’m grateful when artists have the courage to make works that slow time and open space. As a case in point, I went to Lola McLaughlin’s “Volio” tired and hassled and not at all in the mood for contemporary dance.

 

Not Just for Dance People 

By Philip Szporer Courage mon amour Cas Public

It’s not just dance people who will be interested in the new Cas Public production, “Courage mon amour”, by choreographer Hélène Blackburn. 

Rain-Soaked, Wind-Soaked 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel The Satie Project Serge Bennathan, Dancemakers, Eve Egoyan

A poetic response.

Luna: She, He, All 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel Luna O Vertigo

A response in poetry to O Vertigo’s “Luna”.

 

An Expression of Today in Bharatanatyam

By Rebecca Todd Life Lines: an evening of women's lives in dance & theatre  Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations

The theme of women’s lives links the three works by two different choreographers in Life Lines, an evening of bharatanatyam dance presented by Lata Pada’s Sampradaya Dance Creations.

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