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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Artistic Director Emily Molnar Accepts New Role with Nederlands Dans Theater


    July 11, 2019 - Ballet BC announces that Artistic Director Emily Molnar has accepted the role of Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) effective August 2020. Emily will remain with Ballet BC until June 2020 and will be a part of the search committee for the new Artistic Director which will begin as soon as possible.

    Ten years ago, Emily joined Ballet BC while it was near bankruptcy and painstakingly transformed it into a company with an international reputation sought after by presenters including Sadler’s Wells, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Sydney Opera House. During her tenure, she created an extremely collaborative and supportive environment for dancers, staff, and board of directors that put contemporary dance productions and the Company on the map.

    Said Emily Molnar, “Ballet BC has been my passion for many years and will always hold a special place in my heart. It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead Ballet BC through its renewal into an exciting time of growth. The company is in a wonderful place, making it a perfect moment for new and inspired artistic leadership. I look forward to the upcoming season and am thrilled to see what is next for Ballet BC.”

    Ballet BC is grateful for the growth, leadership and direction that Emily has provided for the last decade. The position with NDT is prestigious and the appointment is a testament to the artistic talent and cultural enrichment that Emily has provided to Ballet BC, and the world, during her tenure.

    Read full press release HERE.

    Emily Molnar with Artists of Ballet BC - Photo by Michael Slobodian

  • Hill Strategies: Situation of Artists


    VOLUME 18 NO 3 / JULY 31, 2019

    Focusing on nine arts occupations and 50 cultural occupations, this report highlights key aspects of the working lives of artists and cultural workers in Canada. Based on the 2016 long-form census, which captured occupational information based on the job in which people worked the most hours between May 1 and 7, 2016, the report indicates that the 183,200 artists in Canada represent just under 1% of the overall Canadian labour force. The report notes that there are more artists (183,200) than workers “in automotive manufacturing (154,100) and the utilities sector (144,900)”.

    The most common arts occupations in Canada are: musicians and singers (40,300, or 22% of all 183,200 artists), authors and writers (31,100, or 17%), producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations (29,100, or 16%), and visual artists (24,800, or 14%). The report contains key demographic, employment, and income information for each arts occupation.

    In its examination of the demographic and employment characteristics of all artists, the report finds that:
    - “Women comprise 53% of artists, higher than the proportion of all workers (48%).
    - A much larger percentage of artists than all workers have a bachelor’s degree or higher (44% vs. 27%).
    - 52% of artists are self-employed, compared with only 12% of all Canadian workers.
    - The age distribution of artists is fairly similar to all workers: nearly one-half of artists (47%) are 45 years of age or older, similar to the 45% of all workers. However, more artists than all workers are 65 years of age or older (12% vs. 6%).
    - Racialized Canadians are under-represented among artists (15%) compared with all workers (21%).
    - Indigenous and immigrant workers are slightly under-represented among artists: Indigenous People (3.3% of artists and 4.0% of all workers) and immigrants (21% of artists and 23% of all workers).”

    View this Resource HERE

  • Qaggiavuut - Making Nunavut's First Cultural Hub a Reality


    After 10 years of working to build a space for Inuit performing artists to create and present, Qaggiavuut commences a third-party feasibility study next week in Iqaluit. Consultants Savira Cultural Capital, based in Toronto, will work with Inuk Project Manager Kathleen Merritt over the next six months to determine the most feasible means to create space in Iqaluit for Inuit performing and visual arts, language and culture to flourish.

    The most important objective is the space to train and build performance skills," says Rhoda Ungalaq, Qaggiavuut's chairperson. "Our youth need a beacon of hope."

    Qaggiavuut is a non-profit charitable society with a mission to strengthen, promote, advocate and create space for Inuit performing artists. Nunavut is the only territory/province in Canada without a performing arts space.

    Qaggiavuut is spearheading a project to build Qaggiq: An Inuit Performing Arts & Cultural Learning Hub, a multi-purpose community gathering space and a campus for artists to build the skills they need to thrive on the world stage. This space is key to strengthening and preserving Inuit language culture and creating a stronger sense of community throughout Canada's north.

    For more information:
    Ellen Hamilton, Executive Director, Qaggiavuut

  • Christopher House stepping down after 2019/20 Season


    (Toronto) June 4, 2019 – With the 2018.2019 season now concluded with the remount of Christopher House and Jordan Tannahill’s acclaimed Marienbad, it is with a mixture of great enthusiasm, appreciation, and sadness that Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) today unveils programming for the 2019.2020 season while announcing that after 25 incredible years, 2019. 2020 will be Christopher House’s last season as Artistic Director.

    “It has been a privilege to lead this company for twenty-six seasons and to have danced and choreographed here for more than forty years,” says House. I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by generous and hugely talented individuals both on and off the stage throughout my tenure; their support for my vision has been a constant source of energy and inspiration and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. As I move on to new challenges and adventures, I am deeply grateful for the opportunities and unforgettable experiences that my time here has provided, and excited to see what new paths Toronto Dance Theatre will travel in the future as one of Canada’s leading arts organizations." Read the full press release here

  • Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen & Karen Kaeja


    The Dance Ontario Awards Committee (Lola Ryan, Jennifer Watkins, Sashar Zarif, Ofilio Sinbadinho) is delighted to announce that Allen & Karen Kaeja have been selected as the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Given to those who have contributed substantially to the development of dance in this province over a significant period of time, committee members were delighted to recognize Toronto's "coolest couple" (NOW Magazine).

    Lori Endes, President of the Board of Directors of Kaeja d'Dance said of the couple in her submission "In nominating Allen and Karen for this lifetime achievement award, I am nominating two individually fierce artists who together have pioneered new dance techniques and festivals, created far-reaching programming and found new ways of captivating and expanding dance audiences. With 39 years of award-winning professional stage and dance film works, they are recognized leaders locally, nationally and internationally for breaking barriers between audience and performance through multi-cultural, multi-generational and economically inclusive performances, collaborations and workshops. I have personally participated in the first iteration of their award-winning Porch View Dances (PVD) with my family, in my neighborhood and have witnessed the impact that this program has on a community, and the city at large, annually. Karen has envisioned a collaboration between professional choreographers and local residents that celebrates life through dance and demonstrates a high level of artistic integrity and consideration toward inclusivity of our diverse population. Each summer, as huge audiences are led down streets to witness professional vignettes by professional dancers mixed with beautiful performances by community members, ending with an audience inclusive movement experience of Flock Landing, the overall impression is that contemporary dance has the power to reach everyone and reflect our collective human experience. Lauded across the country with performances throughout other Ontario neighbourhoods, PVD has been a catalyst for similar events and new ideas for several organizations/artists." Read More

    Photo Credit: Nahanni Mckay, Banff Centre residency


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