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

  • Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault: Between traces and writing


    Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault is delighted to invite you to their upcoming focus days, organized in collaboration with the Dance Department at UQAM and Hexagram UQAM.

    Conference Dates: May 15 -19, 2018

    Tuesday, May 15
    Traces and writing in dance
    What do we mean by traces, writing, notations, diagrams and scores? How can we define orality, writing and memory in dance? What are their essence and scope? How can we preserve a work over time?
    With Simon Hecquet (France), Armando Menicacci
    Facilitator: Anne Bénichou

    Wednesday, May 16
    Digital technologies: documentation and creation
    Can digital technologies help us bring the past to life so we can better understand the present? Do technologies create new forms of symbolization? How do we bring digital realities and dance together? How does the digital landscape challenge our notions of authorship? How can we resist the temptation to accumulate and store massive amounts of data? What can we say about our fascination with technology?
    With Armando Menicacci, Alexandre Michaan (France), Denis Poulin, Thecla Schiphorst (Vancouver)

    Thursday, May 17
    Practical workshop: Memory and transmission: The Afternoon of a Faun, following Nijinsky’s notations
    In this workshop, you’ll discover and decode Nijinsky’s notes in order to learn excerpts of the work.With Claudia Jeschke (Germany)

    For additional programming information, visit their website HERE

  • CAPACOA 2018 Attendance Trends: Where Are Performing Arts Audiences?


    March 12, 2018 – As the demographics of the Canadian population change, so are their habits for accessing live performances and other forms of entertainment. In this last article of the "Attendance Trends" series, we will look at preferred locations for live performance attendance.

    The breadth of performing arts attendance among the population is worth celebrating. However, other attendance trends are a source of concerns.
    Crowd cheering Michael Kaeshammer According to the Arts and Heritage Access and Availability Survey, attendance of performances and arts events is as strong as ever. In 2016-2017, 87% Canadians attended at least one performance or arts event (including craft shows and visual arts exhibits). Overall attendance is also high (80%+) across all regions and most segments of the Canadian population. These are the highest attendance ratios ever registered by the Access and Availability Survey (previous iterations of this survey were conducted in 2012, 2007 and 2001).

    However, depending on the types of venues they use, some multi-displinary presenters may not have witnessed much growth in their ticket sales. To the contrary

    Read more HERE for more information. 

  • A round dance to celebrate International Women's Day 2018

    Members of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation honoured women through a round dance and feast on March 8th, 2018. The event honoured the nation's relationship with women, which stems from a relationship with Mother Earth, explained Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon. 

     Photo Credit: Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon is the violence prevention coordinator with Chippewa of the Thames' justice department. She helped host the dollmaking and round dance activities in celebration of International Women's Day. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC News)

    "Everything that we know and everything we understand comes from our teachings with creation from our natural world," said Miskokomon.

    Although it was a night to honour women, the proceedings also offered an opportunity to honour the respectful relationship between men and women, she said.

    "As we gather around in a circle and song with our men, they honour our women in song to show them their pride and the utmost respect they have for them," she said.

    Read the full article HERE

  • 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT)


    Dance/USA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), a one-on-one mentorship program. The overarching goal of DILT is to build the leadership and decision-making skills of emerging dance leaders who represent the diversity of the national, professional dance community.

    Now in its seventh year, the 2018 program will have a specific focus on supporting individuals of African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American descent; individuals with disabilities or working in physically integrated dance; and individuals from a diversity of gender identities including transgender, agender, gender fluid, genderqueer, etc. All are welcome to apply regardless of Dance/USA membership.

    The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 18, 2018.


    Photo Credit: Alumni from the 2014 Program PC: Runaway Productions

    Read the full press release for more information HERE

  • Canada Council for the Arts: Calling all professional dance artists


    In 2018, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes and celebrates the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional dance artist. 

    How to qualify: by nomination by a member of the Canadian professional performing arts community (individual or organization)
    Deadline: 30 April, 2018
    For further information, please refer to the guidelines.

    Please share this information through your networks.

    Luiza Pereira
    Program Officer
    Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
    1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414,
    ext. 4086

    For more information:


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