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Dancedance / Re Volution - Contemporary South African Dance
An introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in South Africa. Rooted in both tradition and the idioms of modern movement, this short documentary introduces new audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multi-media physical theater. The struggle…
Breath Made Visible - The Life and Career of Choreographer Anna Halprin
A documentary about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This…
Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis
Although Butoh is often viewed as Japan's equivalent of modern dance, in actuality it has little to do with the rational principles of modernism. Butoh is a theater of improvisation which places the personal experiences of the dancer on center-stage.…
NG83: When We Were B Boys - Hip Hop & Breakdancing in the U.K.
Five former breakdancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant U.K. hip hop scene of the early 1980s, and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life in inner city housing estates. As the wild…
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Sasha Ivanochko
Part of the Series: Freedom
Sasha Ivanochko landed in dance after successfully representing Canada on the international stage in gymnastics. In a recent Globe and Mail article celebrating the "Top 133 Young Canadians" of the new millennium, she was described as "one of the powerhouses…
Yasmina Ramzy
Part of the Series: Freedom
Yasmina Ramzy, has the distinction of being Canada's top Belly Dance choreographer. Her dance company, Arabesque, has toured extensively across Canada and internationally. She has managed to fuse the ancient dance art with contemporary esthetics, all the while re- shaping…
Jennifer Robichaud
Part of the Series: Freedom
Jennifer Robichaud belongs to a new generation of urban dance artists who are literally breaking their way into the established dance scene. With a formal background in contemporary dance and street education in break dancing, she and her company Larchaud…
Le Fils d'Adrien
Part of the Series: Freedom
Harold Rheaume is a classic study in juggling. He is not only a renowned dancer and choreographer for Le fils d'Adrien Danse, but he has taken on the role of dance activist by championing the Quebec City dance community. His…
Sylvain Emard
Part of the Series: Freedom
Sylvain Emard is a veteran of Montreal's vibrant dance scene. His meticulous attention to movement and set design has won him the affection and loyalty of audiences from around the world.
Roger Sinha
Part of the Series: Freedom
Roger Sinha's affinity for Asian esthetic and culture is realized in his Montreal-based company Sinha Danse. He's intricately blended full body movement with the martial arts, arriving at a unique and dynamic artistic place that crosses the Far East with…
William Young
Part of the Series: Freedom
William Yong's impressive resume includes life as a pop star in Hong Kong and a residency at London's famous Contemporary Dance School. Yong's enthusiasm for dance is evident in his creations, where broad gestures and dance have familiar tones recalling…
Jenn Goodwin
Part of the Series: Freedom
Jenn Goodwin explores political and social themes in the context of environmental works. She thrives on creative adventures including innovative works for music videos, commercials and even mobile telephone programming.
Battery Opera
Part of the Series: Freedom
Battery Opera is helmed by on and off-stage couple Lee Su-Feh and David McIntosh. Together, the pair has meshed modern dance, martial arts, folk songs and opera. McIntosh draws from his punk rock background to contribute musical stylings that act…
Le Groupe Lab
Part of the Series: Freedom
Peter Boneham is a most colorful character. At an age when most people are well into retirement, he is tireless in his pursuit of encouraging emerging talent to push their choreographic frontiers. Always outspoken and quick with a smile, Boneham…
Louise Bedard Danse
Part of the Series: Freedom
Louise Bedard is a veteran of Montreal's dance scene. When not dancing and choreographing, she spends a great deal of time creating collage art pieces. She finds that the two artistic disciplines inform one another and bring a multilayered sense…
Santee Smith
Part of the Series: Freedom
Santee Smith has one foot in the ballet world and the other firmly planted in traditional aboriginal dance. By combining the two disciplines she has created a hybrid of breathtaking choreography based on her passion for storytelling. Fueled by a…
Part of the Series: Freedom
Partners Jay Hirabayashi, and Barbara Bourget have spent twenty-five years building a company whose works mesmerize audiences. Based on the Japanese performance art of Bhuto, Kokoro has succeeded in blending Asian esthetic and western sensibilities with incredible results.
Kidd Pivot
Part of the Series: Freedom
Crystal Pite is the one-woman dynamo behind Vancouver-based dance company, Kidd Pivot. She has taken the art of dance into the realm of theatre with dramatic and comedic twists and turns. A very accomplished dancer in her own right, Crystal…
Kaeja d'Dance
Part of the Series: Freedom
Allen and Karen Kaeja have succeeded in merging their business prowess and dance skills to create Kaeja d'Dance. Their exploration of the Holocaust through dance has resulted in very powerful performances. Pushing the envelope on stage, in film and in…
Pro Arte Danza
Part of the Series: Freedom
Roberto Campanella, the creative force behind Pro Arte Danza, has caught the eye of critics and star artists alike with his innovative works. His pieces have a super charged element of passion that elevates the art of dance to new…