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Circus around the Globe

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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The evolution of Company 605

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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Can someone tell me what Indigenous Performance Is?

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

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

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

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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DA Hoskins gets personal with DanceWorks

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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Interview with Producer & Performer Danielle Baskerville

Written by Catherine Romano, DanceWorks DanceWorks presents Jackie Burroughs is dead and what are you going to do about it?, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Next Steps, April 7 – 9 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Here, Danielle Baskerville tells us about her first meeting with frequent collaborator DA Hoskins, her new role as Artistic Producer, and how Jackie Burroughs …

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Julia Aplin Takes On New Role in Sporting Life, part of NextSteps

Written by Catherine Romano, DanceWorks DanceWorks presents Sporting Life, part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, opening on March 3 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Sporting Life original cast member, Julia Aplin, takes on the role of Rehearsal Director for the remount of the piece. We asked Julia to tell us about meeting Julia Sasso for the first time, and bearing witness …

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Just ahead of the opening of Sporting Life

Written by Catherine Romano, DanceWorks Just ahead of the opening of Sporting Life, presented by DanceWorks and part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, we asked Julia Sasso to talk about her experience remounting the piece twenty years later with a new generation of dancers. From her early creation days at Dancemakers’ Choreographic Lab, to the surprising personal rewards of watching the …

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