Book a staycation, May 27-29, for the return of Barbados on the Water

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Pack your day bag! The best of Barbados is coming to Toronto’s waterfront May 27–29 for the return of Barbados on the Water, the largest celebration of Barbadian culture in Canada. This year, Barbados commemorates 50 years of Independence. In recognition of this milestone, we’ve put together a jam packed weekend dedicated to celebrating the beautiful Barbadian culture and its …

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Swan Lake Syndrome! (or how smoking and modern dance saved my life)

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By Linnea Swan From Many Peoples, Strength (The Official Motto of Saskatchewan) I am a prairie girl, through and through. I grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and had what most would consider a privileged childhood. I had a loving family with parents who had the will and the means to let me rigorously pursue my passion for dance from a …

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A note on PRECIPICE

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By: Natasha Poon Woo, Rehearsal Director of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) This past October I had the honour of accompanying 14 of our young company dancers and apprentices to New York City, where CCDT proudly took to The Joyce Theater’s stage to perform excerpts from The Winged at the José Limón International Dance Festival. We were the youngest troupe …

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Let’s talk Circus

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HarbourKIDS: Circus returns this Victoria Day long-weekend featuring the best parts of the circus with music, theatre, comedy, art-making and “animals”. Throughout this three-day festival there are endless activities to enjoy with your family. We sat down with HarbourKIDS curator Allison Cummings to get her perspective on the theme of circus. There has been a gradual change in the past …

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Circus around the Globe

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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 for two nights only, May 20–21. With the global success of …

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A World Beyond Our Senses

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Steer is a part of the 2016 World Stage season and performances will take place from May 11 – 14 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. William Yong is the choreographer and performer of Steer as well as the artistic director of Zata Omm. We had the chance to speak with William about Steer’s origins, his work with Zata Omm and …

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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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