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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.

 

Regrets, I’ve had a Few

By Philip Szporer Piaf by Atlantic Ballet Theatre

In the middle of this jittery ballet there is a quiet, intimate sequence that suggests what Piaf, created by Moncton’s Atlantic Ballet Theatre, could be.

 

Bird Bee Bat Attack

By Samantha Mehra Bird Bee Bat Attack

The collaboration of Malgorzata Nowacka and Anjelica Scannura delivered, in one short hour, a variety of movement styles, nuanced performances and a bridge between traditional and contemporary performance traditions.

 

The Chaotic Clutter of Consumerism

By Zoe Quinn Unwrapping Culture

Surprise and a certain thrill are expected with the act of unwrapping, and both were certainly delivered in Pichet Klunchun and Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s collaboration, Unwrapping Culture.

 

Rhythms of Familiar Lovers

By Emma Doran lifeDUETs

Featuring choreography by Benjamin Kamino and Tedd Robinson, lifeDUETs for Karen and Allen Kaeja is a meditation on how the emotional polarities of a long-term partnership are, in fact, not oppositional but cut from the same cloth.

 

Wherefore Gender

By Jordan Arseneault Situations

Sitting in the Agora on opening night between a trained dancer seeing Stamos’s work for the first time and an established sound artist familiar with his oeuvre, I couldn’t help but see Situations as a sequel to Husk, with much of its symphonic elements, but also something new: a twinge of indeterminacy.

 

A Natural Legend

Sleeping Beauty Reimagined for Families By Lori Straus The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty, perhaps one of the most beloved ballets of all, usually takes three to four hours to perform. Younger audiences can easily become bored, even at the most gorgeous and enthralling performance. Enter Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, with a shorter, reimagined version of this classic.

 

Exploring the Manic, the Dark and the Wild

Prairie Dance Circuit By Amanda Bereska Prairie Dance Circuit

Prairie Dance Circuit has become a highly anticipated annual event on the Prairies, featuring dance and other media artists from Western Canada on a tour across the plains to Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

 

Pluton

La 2e Porte à Gauche, Danse-Cité and Agora de la danse By Philip Szporer Pluton

At the heart of Pluton (French for Pluto) is something quite unique. If the former planet Pluto is now an allegorical term for being ruled out, these here are dance artists who are not okay with being forgotten about – they are speaking up.

 

The Need to Feel Special

The Principle of Pleasure By Jordan Arseneault Festival Grand Cru

In the kind of serendipity that feels like a blessing from the zeitgeist, Gerard Reyes took to the La Chapelle Theatre the same week as the twenty-fifth anniversary of canonical voguing documentary Paris is Burning.

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