We are Canada's national network supporting the creation and distribution of contemporary dance. Our 46 members across the country are professional dance presenters. Members cooperate on commissioning and touring projects, showcases and professional development. Through these activities, the network furthers the Canadian public's access to dance and enjoyment of dance events.
Creative Exchange Project
Announcing the 2019-20 Creative Exchange Project! CanDance has awarded funds to This is actively built, a project devised by artist Nate Yaffe, and supported by Studio 303 (Montreal) and Fluid Festival (Calgary). This is actively built supports the political and creative practices of dance artists from the queer community. A five-day research residency will hold space for dance artists from the queer communities in Calgary and Montreal for dialogue, collaboration and creation. It’s the first time this initiative will bring together artists from these communities for an intensive period to articulate the questions, challenges, and dreams they have in relation to their body practices; to engage in mutual education/creative support; and to develop new queer art-making structures.
2019-20 Creation Fund Announcement
CanDance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-20 Creation Fund.Thank you to all of the applicants; the selection process was competitive with five strong projects.Chosen by a selection panel of CanDance members from coast to coast, the recipients are:
Anne Plamondon - Seulement toi
Small scale investment
Co-produced by La Rotonde, Danse Danse, the National Arts Centre and Harbourfront Centre with matching funds from the CanDance Network, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Exploring the intimacy that can develop between two people, Seulement toi is a 45-minute duet to be performed by Anne Plamondon and James Gregg. It will be premiered by Danse Danse in March 2020 in a double programme including the duet Counter Cantor, a Fall for Dance North commission which is co-created with Emma Portner and will be performed by Anne and Toronto dancer Belinda McGuire.
Guillaume Coté – Crypto
Large scale investment
Co-produced by Danse Danse, the National Arts Centre, Banff Centre and Canadian Stage, with matching funds from the CanDance Network, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Crypto addresses issues and themes such as cultural identity, displacement, the delicate balance between creation and destruction, curiosity and respect, human empathy and our need to control nature in wholly unnatural ways. Performed by Guillaume Coté and three exceptional dancers, this group piece will blend classical and contemporary dance, theatre (spoken word) and multimedia. Preview performances of Crypto were presented in late July 2019 at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.
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