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Digidance is a joint initiative of Canadian dance presenters to deliver exceptional, full-length Canadian and international dance content online to patrons across the country.

A Programming Partnership between DanceHouse (Vancouver), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Danse Danse (Montreal), and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa).

Dancers onstage covered in yellowish mud
Photo: Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker

Cão Sem Plumas (Dog Without Feathers)

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker (Brazil)

Streaming September 29 – October 11 in Canada only

“Mud has never looked as dazzling as in Dog Without Feathers, a 70-minute dance that captures the rough-hewed beauty and rich natural life of a river region in Brazil.”
Sarah L. Kaufman, The Washington Post, 2018

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Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker delivers a powerful work that brings to life the poem “O Cão Sem Plumas,” written by João Cabral de Melo Neto about the Capibaribe River Region of Northeastern Brazil.

Performed by 14 dancers of astonishing physicality, the choreography interweaves classical, contemporary, popular and ritual dances. The performance is set against black and white projections, the striking images of filmmaker Cláudio Assis captured on-location where the dance company immersed itself in the world of the Capibaribe, its mangroves and its inhabitants.

Based in Rio de Janeiro and winner of numerous awards, Colker is an extraordinary choreographer. After creating Ovo with Cirque du Soleil, she choreographed the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics, featuring 6,000 dancers.

A powerful work. Not to be missed!

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A group of dancers holds another dancer aloft
Photo: David Hou

More Than Dance, We Are a Movement

Red Sky Performance

Presented April 14–20, 2021

Digidance is proud to offer a new film celebrating Red Sky Performance’s 20th anniversary story as a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. More Than Dance, We Are a Movement contains excerpts from their award-winning work Trace and Miigis, and interviews with collaborators who have participated in this remarkable journey.

This film captures the creative drive of founder and Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and the exceptional artistic vision that propelled Red Sky Performance to prominence and critical acclaim.

About Trace
Trace a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories. Our ancestral origins stretch across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the here and now.Trace a glimpse into our origin as the star people as well as our future evolution.

About Miigis
Miigis represents “the perfect breath” of life, a symbol that informs our origin story of travel from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes. Fusing contemporary Indigenous dance with athleticism in an extraordinary form, Miigis explores the catalysts for movement, ancestral forces and living memory, and the cycle of life.

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A row of dancers dressed as men in vintage suits and hats stand facing the back of the stage
Photo: Robert Etcheverry

Joe

Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault

Presented March 17–23, 2021

An iconic contemporary dance piece

A pivotal work by the late Jean-Pierre Perreault, Joe presents an image of the human condition that is so accurate and so moving that it remains forever imprinted in the memories of those who have seen it.

To the sound of 32 pairs of work boots obsessively pounding the floor, 32 dancers, dressed in long coats and hats, move in a compact mass from which individuals occasionally attempt to free themselves to escape a foreordained destiny.

Filmed for Radio-Canada in 1995.

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Body and Soul

Crystal Pite | Paris Opera Ballet (France)

Presented February 17–23, 2021

The Canadian online premiere of Body and Soul, choreographed by Vancouver’s own Crystal Pite, and performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. A stunning work in three distinct parts, Body and Soul articulates Pite’s ongoing fascination with conflict, connectedness and the embodiment of the human spirit.

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