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  • DJD’s Velocity crosses a bridge into the unknown

    Contemporary dance at its most exciting always makes something new out of the old and takes you to places you hadn’t thought possible. That’s the best description of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ season curtain-raiser, Velocity, a 10-panelled, dancer-choreographed exposition of the company’s finest creative minds and their virtuoso bodies. The show’s artistic director Catherine Hayward is […]
  • Youth Ballet combining with Jeffery Straker on a daring partnership

    Michelle McMillan, Artistic Director of Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan, is an advocate of the harmony created between dance and live music. Therefore, it was a no-brainer for the dance company to meld the two in their upcoming show Dance Me a Song, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Riddell Centre. “Seeing dance and live […]
  • Dance Notebook:  Dancer's Studio West latest show Metamorphosis makes superb movement theatre

    Dance Notebook: Dancer's Studio West latest show Metamorphosis makes superb movement theatre

    Of the three major dance companies in the city of Calgary, perhaps the most intriguing is Dancers’ Studio West. With Dance Action Lab in its third year, DSW’s artistic director Davida Monk has her company firing on all cylinders with three new and enticing choreographies playing this weekend at the DJD Dance Centre. The show’s […]
  • Davida Monk's Dancers's Studio West to offer compelling Metamorphosis

    Davida Monk's Dancers's Studio West to offer compelling Metamorphosis

    For all Calgary ballet and movement fans, July is the month to take in the best contemporary dance in the city. Dancers’ Studio West will present three new workshopped performances of Metamorphosis, at the DJD Dance Centre running Thursday through Saturday evenings. Each summer, the company offers a rare opportunity for a small group of […]
  • Dance-opera ‘Bearing’ explores legacy of Canada’s residential school system

    Dance-opera ‘Bearing’ explores legacy of Canada’s residential school system

    TORONTO — It’s been more than two decades since the doors closed on Canada’s last residential school, but a new indigenous-led production explores the enduring effects of its legacy on the country. “Bearing” will have its world premiere on Thursday during the Luminato Festival in Toronto. The dance-opera is a production of Canadian-based theatre company […]
  • Our Canada: Ballet a la true north features songs of Gordon Lightfoot

    Our Canada: Ballet a la true north features songs of Gordon Lightfoot

    A number of milestones come together for Our Canada, Alberta Ballet’s newest production. The company is marking its 50th anniversary as the nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Cue up a quintessentially Canadian score for the sesquicentennial dance, the music of legendary folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, and be prepared for ballet à la true, […]
  • Alberta Ballet set to rock with Tragically Hip collaboration

    Alberta Ballet set to rock with Tragically Hip collaboration

    They’re Canada’s most beloved band, but The Tragically Hip’s music may seem more suited to foot stomping in arenas than to delicate dance. That said, Alberta Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and Executive Director Christopher George on Thursday announced the company’s 2017-18 season that includes a new family ballet, and a world premiere of a contemporary ballet inspired by […]
  • Track Stars: Songs by Phantogram, The Tourist Company and Borzoi

    Track Stars: Songs by Phantogram, The Tourist Company and Borzoi

    Three of our favourite tunes:  1. Phantogram, You Don’t Get Me High Anymore. A shadowy dance-pop hip-shaker, featuring Sarah Barthel’s sultry squeaks, twilight-tinted synths, and lyrics about sleketons, the abyss and losing your teeth. From the New York duo’s latest album, Three.  2. The Tourist Company, Apollo. “I was wrong to underestimate you,” Taylor Swindells […]
  • Pilobolus opens Alberta Ballet's 50th season with impressive but disturbing performance

    Pilobolus opens Alberta Ballet's 50th season with impressive but disturbing performance

    The much-anticipated opening night curtain-raiser on Alberta Ballet’s 50th season of dance at the Jubilee Auditorium finally arrived Thursday night when our province’s finest and most representative arts company, indeed one of our country’s largest and smartest, led off with its own statement about balletic art, inviting the long-standing, widely-known Pilobolus to Calgary and Edmonton […]
  • Dancers' Studio West offers fearsome choreographies that must be seen

    Dancers' Studio West offers fearsome choreographies that must be seen

    There are few pleasures in life as rich as watching contemporary dance and witnessing newly workshopped choreographies emerge from their creative crucible. It is an experience any serious dancer should crave as essential nourishment to their creative curiosity, enjoyment and process of artistic growth. Dancers’ Studio West (DSW) is the ideal company to provide such […]

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