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

  • Marie Chouinard honorée par l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres


    Désormais considérée à Paris comme une figure majeure de la danse contemporaine, la chorégraphe montréalaise Marie Chouinard fera son entrée lundi dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

    Le ministre français de la Culture, l'ancienne vedette de la télévision Frédéric Mitterrand, lui remettra les prestigieux insignes de chevalier au cours d'une cérémonie dans ses bureaux du Palais royal.

    La France rend hommage à Marie Chouinard au moment où elle présente sa dernière création Le Nombre d'or, au Théâtre de la ville, temple européen de la danse contemporaine (1000 places), dont elle est devenue au fil des ans non seulement une habituée mais une tête d'affiche.

    C'est la sixième fois que la Québécoise y est invitée (en incluant ses passages au Théâtre des Abbesses, la seconde salle de l'institution).

    «Depuis 2002, toutes les oeuvres qu'elle a créées ont été présentées aux Abbesses et ici», se réjouit Paul Tanguay, le directeur du développement international de la compagnie Marie Chouinard, perpétuellement en tournée à travers le monde.

    Encensées par la critique, applaudie par un public intraitable,  bODY-rEMIX et son «orgie dionysiaque» Orphée et Eurydice, ses deux créations précédentes, avaient marqué sa consécration parisienne. Son retour au Théâtre de la ville, moins de deux ans après son dernier passage, était attendu: Le nombre d'or, une pièce pour 14 danseurs, complexe, foisonnante voire déroutante, joue à guichet fermé, indique-t-on

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  • Dance Umbrella Of Ontario Appoints Jay Rankin as its new Executive Director

    19-Jan-2012 Dance Umbrella of Ontario is proud to announce the appointment of Jay Rankin as its new Executive Director.  Jay succeeds Christine Moynihan who has led the organization since 2002.

    Jay comes to the organization with vast experience working in the performing arts and dance. Mr. Rankin joins DUO having played key leadership roles at companies including Ballet BC and Toronto Dance Theatre.  His recent posting at Ballet BC saw a remarkable transition for the company, making it a viable and thriving contemporary ballet company.  Jay will be known to many people in the community in Toronto as the former Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre.

    “Jay is a highly respected arts manager in Canada. His many varied skills and vast scope of knowledge will enable DUO to undertake a new direction in service to the community of dance artists in Ontario,” says Michael Du Maresq, Board Chair of DUO. “This is a pivotal time in DUO’s history and we’re thrilled to have Jay’s creative leadership guiding the organization.”

    “I am very excited for the opportunity to create conditions for dance artistry to flourish in Toronto and this province.  I look forward to partnering with the dance artists, arts organizations and the public to celebrate the tremendous creative energies at play in this city,” says Jay Rankin.

    Jay Rankin is a dedicated and proven leader who has served the professional dance community in Canada for over 30 years.  With an accomplished record of successfully guiding organizations, he aspires to be an excellent ambassador at DUO, anchored by a profound respect for the art form, valuing excellence, artistic expression, and integrity.   He will bring clear and forceful leadership to the position with financial, marketing, touring and resource development acumen coupled with a creative, strategic and consistent management style.

    Jay has served on many funding panels at various government levels and has been an active board member at the Canadian Dance Assembly where he currently serves as Board Chair.

    Jay will begin his contract at DUO on January 23, 2012.
  • Alliance Responds To Gaming Grant Announcements


    Premier Christy Clark today released Scott Triplett’s Community Gaming Grant Review report and announced some good news for the arts community.

    ”We are very encouraged by Premier Clark's announcement of increases to funding and eligibility for BC Gaming Grants,” said Alliance for Arts and Culture executive director Rob Gloor in responding to today’s announcement.

    “The premier has described the $135 Million grant budget as the ‘new base’, and added that stabilizing arts funding has been a priority for her government and a personal commitment since taking office as premier. There is no doubt that today's announcement will have a very positive impact in communities across BC through the work of hundreds of organizations.

    “The Alliance for Arts and Culture is eager to review the fine details of the funding and associated allocations process in the context of Mr. Triplett's report. The arts community has endured tremendous funding challenges over the past three years, and we are grateful to receive some news of positive steps,” Mr. Gloor concluded.

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  • Miriam Adams Named to Order of Canada


    Miriam Adams, C.M., Co-founder/Director of Dance Collection Danse, is a graduate of the National Ballet School and former dancer with The National Ballet of Canada. She and her late husband, principal dancer Lawrence Adams, went on to teach, choreograph and found 15 Dance Laboratorium, Toronto’s first experimental dance venue. The Adams became publishers, producing the newspapers SPILL and Canadian Dance News, and created Visus Foundation, established to videotape dance activity in Canada. In 1983, they initiated the ENCORE! ENCORE! reconstruction project, designed to rescue Canadian choreographic works created in the 1940s and 1950s. This led to the founding of Dance Collection Danse, Canada’s national dance archives and publishing house. To date, DCD has published 38 dance books encompassing biography/memoir, cultural history, educational resources and reference books including the Encyclopedia of Theatre Dance in Canada/Encyclopédie de la Danse Théâtrale au Canada. DCD also produces an annual magazine promoting its discoveries and celebrating the country’s dance legacies.

    Miriam Adams has been a board member of the Toronto Arts Council, the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Nightingale Arts Foundation, Artscape, Judy Jarvis Dance Foundation and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, among others; she is a member of the Theatre Museum Canada Advisory Council and was named Adjunct Professor at York University in 2005. She received a Dance in Canada Service Award; a Mayor’s Medal of Service; and, with Lawrence, the Dance Ontario Award for her contributions to dance. In 2009, she won the Toronto Arts Foundation's Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award.

    Feel free to send messages of congratulations to Miriam directly at

    To read more about the Order of Canada and all of the new members, go to

  • Flights of fancy and leaps of faith: Dance in 2011


    In the world dance, 2011 was a pretty tame year. Very few concerts blew me out of the water, which is not to dismiss the many choreographies of worth.

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