The evolution of Company 605

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Written by Catherine Romano, DanceWorks DanceWorks presents Company 605’s Vital Few, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, on May 7, 2016 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. Here, co-artistic director, Lisa Gelley Martin, talks the name change from collective to company, the concept of connectedness and how the title of the new work, Vital Few, relates to the Pareto Principle. DanceWorks: Company …

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Work Hard, Play Hard. Female Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Circus

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By: Jackie Houghton Mere months ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced his first cabinet. For the first time in Canadian history, it was made up of equal numbers of men and women. When asked why, he quipped, “Because it’s 2015.” Touché, however here in Canada not all things are equal. Despite holding higher levels of education, women in Canada struggle …

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Can someone tell me what Indigenous Performance Is?

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By Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre In a world that still likes to categorize, boxing up Indigenous performance is a near impossible challenge. Like the people, it defies homogeneity, imposed borders, stereotypes and it has been continuously unfolding on Anon:kowa / Turtle Island (North America) from time immemorial by every Indigenous Nation present and extinct. From my perspective having collaborated …

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The inspiration behind Épocas

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Submitted by Jennifer Watkins Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company presents the world premiere of Épocas, part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, April 22-24 at the Fleck Dance Theatre featuring a stellar cast of Canadian and Spanish dancers and musicians. In English Épocas means “eras’ and can be defined as: a period of time of which particular events or stages of development …

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Re-Quickening – Inter-Nation Connections on Turtle Island

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By: Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre In March 2016, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Santee Smith and a main collaborator and composer of Re-quickening, Cris Derksen travelled to Mexico City to work with musician and healer Humberto Álvarez, who specializes in Indigenous Mexican instrumentation and vibration healing techniques. Working internationally requires keeping up with busy artistic schedules, …

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When Motherhood and Circus Meet

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By Jackie Houghton Circus Sessions, co-produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre, is a week-long creative laboratory supporting the evolution of Canadian contemporary circus with a feminist perspective this year. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada and the world will share exciting new ideas, discoveries and collaborations in a memorable performance, May 20–21. Motherhood is a …

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The Value of Our Bones – Re-Quickening – In Conception

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By: Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre When I was growing up I was told two stories of my history as a Konkwehon:we (real woman). One, women were leaders, held power and place and everything in creation flowed from her. She was a healer, a storyteller, an artist and a giver of Life providing sustenance and abundance to …

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The History of Women of the Circus

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By Jackie Houghton Circus Sessions, co-produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre, is a week-long creative laboratory supporting the evolution of Canadian contemporary circus. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada and the world will share exciting new ideas, discoveries and collaborations in a memorable performance, May 20–21. “Had I unrestricted choice of friendship with any class …

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The Life Changing Pull of Stories

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By: Erin Rodgers, Director of Toronto Storytelling Festival When I was a child, there were few things I looked forward to more than story time.  I remember pulling up my square of rug in front of the teacher and hearing tales of daring adventures, learning about the lives of children who lived on the other side of the world, dogs …

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DA Hoskins gets personal with DanceWorks

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Written by Catherine Romano, DanceWorks DanceWorks presents Jackie Burroughs is Dead & what are you going to do about it?, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps on April 7 – 9 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Here, DA Hoskins, choreographer and Artistic Director of The Dietrich Group, gets personal and tells us about his reason for creating Jackie Burroughs is …

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