Recent Dance Reviews

Dance Review Luminato – Kira, The Path|La Voie/Lua Shayenne Dance Company

Photo by Levent Erutku

Kira is a feel
good evening of African dance. The West African word means “path”, and through
the relentless rhythms of the djembe drum, we make the sacred connection with
Mother Earth. The concert features virtuoso dancing and eye-popping African
percussion.

Lua Shayenne is a much-admired Toronto choreographer and dancer who invited revered Guinean composer and choreographer Fara Tolno to set Kira, The Path|La Voie on her company. Tolno is on hand as lead djembe. The rest of the performers are dancers –Read More

Dance Review – National Ballet of Canada/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Photo by Karolina Kuras

This is my fifth or sixth go round with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011), and I doubt that there is another dance version of Lewis Carroll’s beloved book that strives to be truer to the original in its epic sweep.

Certain facts about the ballet remain constant. Christopher Wheeldon’s character-driven choreography is brilliant. Joby Talbot’s cinematic score is brilliant. Bob Crowley’s set and costumes, Natasha Katz’s lighting, Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington’s projections, and Andrew Bruce’s –Read More

Dance Review: Toronto Dance Theatre/Christopher House’s Persefony Songs

Photo by Alejandro Santiago

Christopher House, artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre, is one of Canada’s more cerebral and intellectual choreographers. Throughout his career, he has made it a point to keep challenging himself. For the last three years he has been engaged in the Reimagining Repertoire Project where he goes back to an original piece, and builds a new work based on elements in the old.

The last of House’s reimagined repertoire is Persefony Songs, inspired by Persephone’s –Read More

Dance Review – Citadel + Compagnie/Citadel Dance Mix 18: choreography by Allison Cummings, DA Hoskins & Tori Mehaffey

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

Dance Review – Citadel + Compagnie/Citadel Dance Mix 18: Choreography by Allison Cummings, DA Hoskins & Tori Mehaffey, The Citadel/Ross Centre for Dance, Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, 2018. Tickets available at 416-364-8011, ext. 1 or www.citadelcie.com/tickets.

It’s hard to remember a time when the Citadel was not a part of the dance life of Toronto. Artistic director Laurence Lemieux’s latest venture, as part of the company’s Bright Nights Series, is Citadel Dance –Read More

Luminato 2018 Dancetheatre Review: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Teac Damsa

Alex Leonhartsberger and Rachel Poirier Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou

The point of a festival is seeing performing arts that are different or unique to showings in your own town – or why have a festival at all? With this statement as a dictum, let’s look at one of the opening shows of Luminato 2018 – Swan Lake/Loch na hEala. As it happens, the production is perfect festival fare.

The dancetheatre piece is the brainchild of writer, director, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan, –Read More

Dance Review: National Ballet of Canada/Frame by Frame (An Homage to Norman McLaren)

Dance Review: The National Ballet of Canada/Frame by Frame directed by Robert Lepage & choreographed by Guillaume Côté

Photo: Karolina Kuras

The world premiere of the National Ballet of Canada’s Frame by Frame left me stunned and speechless, the former due to the work’s eye-popping, even mind-boggling, visual assault on the senses, the latter because words can’t possibly capture the piece’s immense canvas of creativity. In short – Frame by Frame is a work of genius (directed by Robert –Read More

Interview – Greta Hodgkinson, principal dancer, The National Ballet of Canada/Frame by Frame

Photo: David Leclerc

Interview with Greta Hodgkinson, principal dancer, The National Ballet of Canada, about the new Robert Lepage/Guillaume Côté work, Frame by Frame.

INTRODUCTION

The most highly anticipated dance event of the year has to be Frame by Frame, an homage to the life and work of film pioneer Norman McLaren, created by theatre icon Robert Lepage and choreographer Guillaume Côté. The production premieres on June 1.

Lepage’s name is spoken with reverence throughout the world. He is a genuine –Read More

Dance Review: DanceWorks/Hanna Kiel’s Chasing the Path

Photo credit Sam So

The cheers, whistles and standing ovation that greeted choreographer Hanna Kiel’s new work Chasing the Path was heartfelt and profound. Clearly her exploration of the intersection between memory, experience and life had touched people’s very soul. Choosing to choreograph abstract themes can be difficult to convey, but Kiel has been able, in this work, to command the bodies of her excellent dancers to express the inexpressible, as it were.

Photo credit Sam –Read More