As the lights go down on 2017 and the final pile of Canada150 presentations, we review Reckoning, a response by Article 11—Tara Beagan and Andy Moro’s Indigenous Activist Arts company–that offers three different narratives on themes of reconciliation. Plus your “What To Watch For” list for 2018. Happy new year from all of use at IDGI, folks!
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It’s a YEG miracle: Paul has never seen a Ukrainian dance show. So, we take him to Shumka’s latest production, KOBZAR. Incidentally, Fawnda also sees an intriguing collaboration with Good Women Dance Collective and ProCoro: Love/Fail.
Paul gives Fawnda the full recount of rest of Expanse 2016 (part of Chinook Series), including Coast to Coast, the astounding Mouthpiece, and the kinda disappointing pantomime of the well-known short story The Yellow Wallpaper.
Fawnda’s away, leaving Paul to hold down the blanket fort as we continue our coverage of the 2016 Chinook Series. In this episode Paul chats with Ainsley Hillyard about the Good Women Dance Collective‘s New Work Award. They’re joined by last year’s winner Anastasia Maywood and this year’s recipient Aimee Rushton. Then we sit down with Stephanie Morin-Robert and Alastair Knowles to get the skinny on their show Half Inch Thick.
It’s a stacked episode, folks. Fawnda recounts her hike to the Banff Centre for Ballet BC‘s stunning 30th Anniversary showcase featuring works by Cayetano Soto, Stijn Celis, and Crystal Pite. Then, she and Paul unpack their thoughts on Convergence, the opening show of Good Women Dance Collective‘s season. Let’s just say there are no apologies made. By anyone. Ever.
Day three at Expanse sees Anastasia Maywood, winner of the Good Women Dance New Work Award, visit the coat check. Then we catch up with Christine Frederick of Alberta Aboriginal Arts for a conversation about indigenous representation in arts, liberal sensitivities, and the complicated lines that art sometimes has to cross.
A two-hour contemporary dance show is rare, and Toy Guns Dance Theatre’s latest—Fortuitous Endings (what to do when you wake up drunk in a BBQ cover in your neighbours yard)—lived up to the length of its title. Our hosts take on the show, the pile of sand, and discuss whether or not “accessibility” is a dirty word.