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Robert Binet and Karen Kain during a performance of The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Binet : Photo by Karolina Kuras
 

Winter Awards and News 2017

Holly Bright of Crimson Coast Dance Society was awarded one of two 2017 John Hobday Awards in Arts Management, Salomé Nieto won the 2017 VIDF Choreographic Award, Karen Kain, artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) has chosen to mentor Robert Binet, a choreographic associate of NBoC, as part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program, Meredith Kalaman and Arash Khakpour received Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Dance Artsis, Katherine Semchuk won the New Work Award from Good Women Dance Collective. In other news, Ballet BC announced the appointment of John Clark as the company’s new Executive Director.

Projet Héritage / Legacy Project: Episode 1

The Margie Gillis Foundation’s Legacy Project / Project Héritage shares the iconic Canadian dancer’s knowledge and philosophy with a new generation of artists.

Marc Jubete, Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 

New Year and End of Year Awards

Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco, both of the San Francisco Ballet, won the twelfth international Erik Bruhn Prize, the Prix de la danse de Montréal went to Édouard Lock, Daina Ashbee, Sophie Corriveau and Gilles Savary, Atlantic Ballet Theatre was named a 2016 Champion of Cultural Diversity by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Travis Lim of Vancouver won two gold medals at the 2016 International Dance Organization (IDO) Hip Hop Championships, Paul Tanguay won the National Arts Centre’s 2016 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring, Vivine Scarlett and Tess Vosper won Dance Ontario Awards, France Geoffroy of Corpuscule Danse won the Prix À part entière and Ontario Contact presented Dreamwalker Dance of Toronto with their 2016 Artist of the Year Award.

 

Moving Beyond the Pas-de-Deux

Four Montréal-based dance artists discuss gender in contemporary dance By Helen Simard

Helen Simard discusses issues of gender in contemporary dance with four Montréal-based dance artists.

Photo courtesy of Bellydance Blossom Festival
 
Various Artists

Bellydance Blossom Festival

Festival | Festival

Toronto ON
May 5-7 mai 2017
Belly Dance

Lost Boy

Calgary performing arts company The Show expands their production portfolio with music videos.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Moving Bodies

How does the centrality of bodily experience affect interdisciplinarity in dance? By Helen Simard

It is perhaps the presence of the body – and a desire to express one’s self through and from the body – that continues to define dance as an art form.

Creature at In Situ Festival

Mississauga-based artist Colleen Snell is known for her highly theatrical and site-specific dance work, and her newest creation, Creature, will be no exception.

 

Pursuing Pauses with Patience at Angikam Seminar

Kathak guru Nahid Siddiqui advises students to slow down while chasing the beat By Aparita Bhandari

Patience might be the last word that many kathak dancers think of when either practising or preparing for a show. After all, for the most part, kathak is known these days for fast, stomping footwork and pirouettes that leave the audience dizzy in their seats. But for Nahid Siddiqui, one of the foremost proponents of kathak today, patience is the key to unlocking the potential – of both the form and the dancer.

 

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.

 
What's In Your Dancebag?

Melissa Tuplin

Calgary-based artist Melissa Tuplin admits to being an overpacker, a believer in the bullet list system, and a triple-clothing-layer kind of dancer.

 

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.

 
What's In Your Dancebag?

Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell, choreographer, dancer and artistic producer of Fall for Dance North in Toronto.

Follow Your Heart by Evolution Dance Theatre

Follow Your Heart is a multidisciplinary spectacle that unites cultures through theatre, dance, live music and the most universal of stories – a love story.

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