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Twenty Years Proud

dance Immersion’s Expressions Now By Marie France Forcier

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of dance Immersion, an organization recognized for its steady engagement in producing, promoting and showcasing dancers and dances of the African diaspora.

 

Blinded by the light

Porno Death Cult By Sarah Todd Porno Death Cult

Porno Death Cult is Tara Cheyenne Performance (TCP)’s fifth full-length work. In an age when research-oriented, formalist movement experimentation is de rigueur in contemporary dance, TCP’s commitment to cross-disciplinary, character-driven performance via narrative and persona is refreshing.

 

Cracking Nuts

By Philip Szporer The Nutcracker Maria Kefirova

Bulgarian-born, Montréal-based Maria Kefirova’s new solo, The Nutcracker, addresses the interdisciplinary cross-fertilization of sound and movement, and the body’s readiness and capacity to absorb and deflect outside interference.

 

TDT Tour de Force

By Ben Portis Eleven Accords

With Eleven Accords, Christopher House seeks a new potential for relational art, trusting in the latent artistic and social ecology of his disciplined company to imbue meaning.

 

Prairie Fire and Ice

The Prairie Dance Circuit in Winnipeg By Holly Harris Prairie Dance Circuit

For the past four years, the Prairie Dance Circuit (PDC) has boldly tackled the question of whether a particular aesthetic unique to Canada’s flatlands exists – or not.

 

The understory of the understory

By Bee Pallomina, Johanna Bundon Prairie Dance Circuit

A story of creation from two participants in this season’s Prairie Dance Circuit (PDC).

 

Double Trouble or When Things Fall Apart

By Mary Theresa Kelly Jacques & James James Gnam & Jacques Poulin-Denis

 

NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”)

Lara Kramer Danse By Philip Szporer

In Lara Kramer’s NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) topics of racism, intoxication and substance abuse among native women in Canada are front and centre.

 

Newfoundland Rocks – Part Two

Festival of New Dance – Stoker, Barton, Fushell, Solo, Roque and more By George Stamos

More shows reviewed from The Festival of New Dance in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

 

Newfoundland Rocks – Part One

Festival of New Dance – Wright and Ivanochko By Molly Johnson

The Festival of New Dance ran from October 8 - 13 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Here, Catherine Wright’s Cow One, Cow Two and Sasha Ivanochko’s Trio for Musician, Dancer and Double Bass reviewed.

 

Full Tilt

Ballet BC’s Mixed Program By Sarah Todd

Ballet BC in the black fiscally and artistically with the recent mixed program, Tilt.

 

From darkness to light

By Bridget Cauthery Season 2013 ProArteDanza

ProArte’s Season 2013 mixed program was a mixed bag.

 

History Lesson

By Ben Portis Toronto Heritage Dance

The 2013 season of Toronto Heritage Dance (THD), its second, assembled a stellar program of works by the pioneers of contemporary dance in Toronto, including Patricia Beatty, David Earle, Judy Jarvis and Danny Grossman, and Nenagh Leigh.

 

Weighted

By Philip Szporer PLOMB by Virginie Brunelle

Virginie Brunelle and company plumb the depths of sorrow in PLOMB.

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