Dancers Battle It Out For $1000

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Beat Nation at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, is an exhibition comprised of Aboriginal urban art, dance and music, all of which come together in the Beat Nation All Styles Dance Battle! The two on two dance competition, where the winner will take home a cash prize of $1000 dollars, is taking place March 22nd.

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“The Wheel is come Full Circle”: Katie McMillan on why McKee’s LEAR is for today’s world

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The thing about timeless classics is that they’re not. Timeless, that is. If I learned anything studying theatre and performance in grad school, it’s that terms like ‘timeless’ and ‘universal’, so often used to describe the arts, are desperately in need of qualifiers. Let me give you an example: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is ‘universal’ – for white people. The Odyssey is ‘timeless’ – if you’re a dude.

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Artistic director of World Stage discusses TAO Dance Theater’s Weight x3 & 2

Since 2008, TAO Dance Theater, led by artistic director and choreographer Tao Ye, have played to sold-out houses in New York, London, Sydney, Montreal and Ottawa. They have appeared at contemporary dance festivals in South Korea and Poland, establishing themselves as one of the most interesting up-and-coming contemporary dance companies to come out of China.

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Showing & Telling: Katie McMillan on Everyday Anthems

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When I hear the word “anthem”, I think earthshaking. I think of a uniting force, gathering mass like a giant snowball rolling down a mountain. I think of that moment towards the end of O Canada at a hockey or basketball game, when everyone starts clapping and stomping and banging on the seats in front of them in anticipation of things to come. I think of something collective, something that gets you JACKED UP.

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Toronto Dance Theatre’s latest work is a pivotal anthem for Canadian dance

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Toronto Dance Theatre’s Everyday Anthems made its world premiere last night at World Stage, gaining high praise from The Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron. The renowned dance critic labelled the Heidi Strauss-choreographed work a “triumph,” and a show that “certainly bears repeated viewings.”

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Spotlight: Beat Nation Artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, who comes from a well-known family of musicians and dancers from the Edmonton and northern Alberta area, continues to blaze a path of innovation and distinction in the Canadian musical landscape.

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Belinda McGuire Discusses The Heist Project

Juilliard School graduate and Limón Dance Company member, Belinda McGuire, premieres three commissioned works created by five international artists this week in the Enwave Theatre as part our NextSteps series. The Heist Project features 3 solos pieces: The Eight Propositions, a collaboration of Emio Greco, Pieter C. Scholten (Amsterdam) and McGuire (with original music by Jerome Begin),Anthem for the Living by Sharon Moore (Toronto) and Blue Solo, Joni by Idan Sharabi (Tel Aviv).

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The stories we tell: Christopher House and Heidi Strauss discuss Everyday Anthems

Under the helm of artistic director Christopher House, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) has had – and continues to have – a profound influence on the development of dance in Canada. The trend continues with Everyday Anthems, the latest work in TDT’s impressive repertoire.

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Out of the Doghouse: Katie McMillan on Dachshund UN

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“Sometimes it pays to do something totally outrageous,” said Jermaine in the first season of Flight of the Concords. Bennett Miller seemed to have a pretty comprehensive understanding of this mantra when he decided to create an installation featuring dozens of live dachshunds, and World Stage took it one step further by staging the installation inside of a theatre.

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Dachshunds delight at World Stage

Thirty-six overly cute dachshunds took to the stage last night at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre for the North American premiere of Dachshund UN. It proved to be an event with both bark… and bite!

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