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Resource Highlight | Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies

Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies
York University | ON | 2016
Michelle Ann Silagy

“Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies is informed by the burgeoning trend to include multi-ability bodies in the practice of contemporary dance. An important aspect of this research addresses inclusivity whereby improvisational methods and choreographic processes can be infused within communities comprised of all abilities of all populations of people. The goal of my research has been to originate improvisational and choreographic processes and choreography that can be experienced and understood by all who take part in it. This research considered ways to share both processes and performative aspects of choreography by utilizing a practice-based methodology in the creation of three choreographic case studies. These are, first the I Am solo project entitled at the end of a stem, second, a self-produced project (RE)Trace and finally, Snowlight. These case studies represent the containers where activated investigations are magnified and/or realized.”

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Profile Highlight: Dancing with Parkinson’s (Toronto)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Dancing with Parkinson’s delivers “dance classes to those living with Parkinson’s disease throughout the GTA.

Our mission is to provide a safe fun and artistic environment where those living with PD can celebrate the artistry and potential of their own movement.”

To read more about Dancing with Parkinson’s, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Unity Festival (July 13-15, Toronto)

Unity Festival is a FREE, youth-focused Hip Hop festival happening July 13-15, 2017 featuring some of the city’s top current and upcoming talent in beatboxing, spoken word, MCing, graffiti art, break dancing, all styles dance and more!

Day 1: The Unity MC/Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition

Tangerine presents Unity MC / Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition 2017 in partnership with R.I.S.E.
Thursday July 13th – 3-11pm • Free entry

The Unity MC /Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with special guests.

Unity Fetsival 2017 kicks off on Thursday, July 13th at Geary Lane with our annual MC / SPOKEN WORD & GRAFFITI EXHIBITION in partnership with R.I.S.E., SKETCH & VIBE ARTS. The night showcases som eof Toronto’s most prolific music and visual artists alongside the most promising youth performers selected form UNITY, VIBE ARTS, and SKETCH’S city-wide after school and drop-in programs.

This year we are very proud to host two of Canada’s leading artist educators who will lead the exhibition with presentations on how they empower and effect change in individuals and communities. STEPHEN “BUDDHA” LEAFLOOR is an internationally recognized and awarded social worker, celebrated dancer, and founder of BLUPRINTFORLIFE, which has brought empowerment, hope and real social change in Canada’s north and urban centers.

DR. AUDREY HUDSON, is an assistant professor at OCAD University where she has developed two courses on teh influence of Hip-Hop art and design practices who views teh arts as a tool to begin decolonizing education because of teh creative platform it provides for historically marginalized communities.

Day 2: Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition

Tangerine presents Unity Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition 2017.
Friday July 14th – 5-11pm • Free Entry

On Friday July 14th we are very excited to host our UNITY DANCE EXHIBITION & BEATBOX BATTLE at UNDERPASS PARK, under the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide Overpasses. The DANCE EXHIBITION features Toronto’s top youth nand professional street dancers in a number of different battles highlighting hip-hop, breaking, popping, and house, Our first round will focus on the community youth and alumni who have developed their skills alongside the guidance of Unity’s program faciliatators.

For the second round, selected mentors from various established dance crews will battle alongside their top students against other mentor/student crews. And for our last round, a number of the most well-respected crews including CASINO BOYS, TENSE IMAGE, ALIBINO ZEBRAZ, WAREHOUSE JACKS, and many more will face off against each other for the first time on Unity’s dancefloor.

Once again, BEATBOX CANADA, the most respected champion of the beatbox community will showcase the underrated art of vocal percussion with an epic battle between Toronto’s top beatboxers in a 1 vs 1 musical battle for 20 years and under. Battle judges are Unity Alumni PARALLEL (Sparx & Psyriene) and WORDOFMOUF (Killabeatz & Subconcious) will represent this art as a part of the human narrative and beatboxers as true musicians while inspiring young talent to pursue new ways of artistic expression through their performances.

RULES/HOW TO ENTER FOR BEATBOX BATTLE
– Must be a Canadian Citizen 20 years of age or under
– Email beatboxcanada@gmail.com with your name, age and city to register by June 1st, 2017
– Capped at 16 entries, first come first serve so email and contact ASAP!
– Open elimination at event, all participants will have 90 seconds to showcase their skills
– TOP 4 beatboxers will be chosen to battle for prizes
– Battles are 2 x 90 seconds rounds, 3rd place battle will happen as well

LOCATION:
UNDERPASS PARK
29 Lower River St.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY

Day 3: Unity Concert
Tangerine presents Unity Concert 2017
Saturday July 15th – 3-11pm • Free Entry

TORONTO!!!!! The Unity Festival is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with a line up that includes the return of …

MAIN SOURCE celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic album “Breaking Atoms” with an all star line up that includes LARGE PROFESSOR, K-CUT, MIKEY D, NEEK THE EXOTIC & JOE FATAL.

Joining this legendary rap group are TOBi, LOS POETAS, THE SORORITY, RED SLAM fest. MAHLIKAH AWE:RI, JAYD INK, LOLA BUNZ, EBHONI, SAMBA SQUAD YOUTH TROUPE, ZAKISHA BROWN, MOBI MAWLA, YANNICK GREEN, DJ MENSA & ICED MISTO

Hosted by none other than:
R.CHUNG, DIAMOND OSOTEO, & BRITTA B.
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LOCATION:
DAVID PECAUT SQUARE
215 King St. West @ John ST.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY

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-posted with permission from UNITY Charity
Read UNITY Charity’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Call for Community Engaged Dance Residency Projects (Made in BC)

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Call for Community Engaged Residency Projects in the communities of Made in BC’s Network of presenters.

Value statement: We believe that dance can transform the lives of individuals and communities
Vision: A province where dance is part of everyone’s life.

Mission: To foster, encourage and strengthen dance culture throughout BC by encouraging cooperation, dialogue and network development among BC presenters, artists and partners, by increasing awareness and appreciation for contemporary dance within the province through professional dance presentation and community-engaged dance programming.

Are you a Choreographer / Community Engaged Dance Artist with a community engaged residency project that you would like to produce with a BC community outside Vancouver?

Made in BC – Dance on Tour is looking for community engaged projects to produce in partnership with the MiBC network of presenters. It is MiBC’s intention to connect artists with presenters to create community engaged residencies. As explained in the selection process details below, MiBC is able to assist with partial funding for selected residencies.

Project parameters:
• Residencies can occur between October 2017 and June 2019
• Projects may be hosted by one or more than one community.

Project selection criteria:
• Artistic merit and experience in dance practice.
• Experience, inventiveness, ethics, attitude and use of safety protocols about working collaboratively with community members.
• Knowledge, skills and capacity required to coordinate and administer the planning, delivery and reporting on the residency, including willingness to assist in funding research and application.

Please fill the form here and include all required texts and documents.

For information on Made in BC community engaged residencies please visit our website: http://www.madeinbc.org/residency/

Deadline for Proposals: March 1st 2017″

For full details, please visit and to fill out the form, please visit this Made in BC page

-from Made in BC website

Profile Highlight: Sharing Dance Day (Canada-wide)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

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Sharing Dance Day is a Canada-Wide Dance Engagement Program which “brings the pure joy of dance to all Canadians through Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative, Sharing Dance. The program offers FREE opportunities for Canadians—of all ages and abilities—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged. Featuring multifaceted programming and supported through a collection of free online resources, Sharing Dance includes:
• High-quality dance activities for children and youth—both in and out of the classroom
• Health and wellness dance programs for seniors, focused specifically on improving quality of life and creating community
• Sharing Dance Canada 2017, a nation-wide, multi-generational engagement program culminating in community performances on Sharing Dance Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th.”

To read more about Sharing Dance Day, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Youth Engagement Project: Mine (Vancouver)

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“Time: Fridays 4pm-5:30pm
Dates: January 20 – March 10
Place: Trout Lake Community Centre
Cost: FREE with snacks provided

The program will be co-facilitated by Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis with live music by Alex Mah. It is intended for youth ages 14-18 who are interested in dance, performance, music, theatre, story-telling, textiles and visual art! The workshop will be a collaborative creation process focusing on Kelly’s project ‘mine’, which is an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that uses a large collection of second-hand clothing to create imagery and stories surrounding our experience of consumption, materialism, and identity. It explores fast fashion, body image, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us.

More about the facilitators:

Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist whose intention with her work is to magnify, comment on and create dialogue around, important socio-political issues within our society. Kelly’s work is often multi-disciplinary and includes long duration, installation, community engagement and guerrilla performance.

Rianne Svelnis is a Vancouver-based dance and recent graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. She celebrates dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political and transformative.”

-submitted by Deborah Gordon

ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #4: Integrated Arts & Dance

Image by Heath Birkholz

“We, Heath Birkholz and Harmanie Taylor, have been given this great opportunity to share knowledge about integrated dance. We thought hard on what we each could offer for Tips and Tools about disability arts, and hope our experiences can guide other artists or a general audience.

To you the reader, wherever you are reading this from: choose your own path. We are honoured if you take anything we wrote and fashion it to your life. It is our hope to get a chance to talk or that you can talk with others about what you think regarding our tips and tools.”

TipTools-IntegratedArtsDanceClick here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Integrated Arts & Dance. For more FREE resources and tools like this, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal or reach Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer at skye@artbridges.ca.

Integrated Arts & Dance was written by Heath Birkholz and Harmanie Taylor, coordinated by Emily Hutcheon, compiled by Skye Louis.
The 2016 ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Profile Highlight: Streetrich Hip Hop Society (BC)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.

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Streetrich is a movement, inspiring change and growth, through the culture of Hip Hop. We are committed to co-creating new possibilities for leadership and thriving through dance, music, and visual art. Streetrich connects individuals through the language of Hip Hop, giving marginalized youth a unique voice to share their stories, breaking stereotypes, and contributing to a global community of change.”

To read more about Streetrich Hip Hop Society, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

CultureShock Community Arts Festival (Aug 12-13, Toronto)

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“CultureShock Community Arts Festival (cultureshockfest.ca) is a FREE all-ages multi-day festival presented by UrbanArts held in Little Avenue Memorial Park. The 11th annual festival will launch with a Kick-Off event on Thursday August 11th (7 pm) at 19 John Street (Weston Rd. & Lawrence Ave.) with an intimate musical and spoken word performance, as well as an art gallery exhibit.

Friday August 12th (1 pm – 10:30pm) – The festival will feature 5 neighbourhood summer camps participating in a short street parade and talent show for the community. The evening turns into a dance showcase and dance-battle featuring dancers from across the GTA. The night ends with a movie screening in the park for families.

Saturday August 13th (1 pm – 8 pm)

  • Live music performances, cultural dance and spoken word on stage
  • International music acts with local York South-Weston ties like J-Soul, Michie Mee and $Sheed
  • Kids Zone featuring inflatable attractions co-presented with the Weston Village BIA
  • Maker Lab with interactive art-making workshops -Beadmaking, T-shirt decorating and Painting workshop
  • Face Painting
  • “Mini Makeovers” by Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Artisans marketplace
  • Community Fair
  • Food (Food trucks, ice cream truck etc.)

Volunteering at CultureShock is an exciting, fun, educational experience. YOU are what makes this Festival happen. Join us!

Unity Festival 2016 (July 20-23, Toronto)

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UNITY FESTIVAL 2016
DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY JULY 20TH
TANGERINE PRESENTS
UNITY VISUAL & GRAFFITI ART EXHIBITION SUPER WONDER GALLERY
876 Bloor St. West @ Ossington Station 5PM – 11PM
$10 Door
UNITY Festival will kick off on Wednesday, July 20th with an opening celebration at SUPER WONDER GALLERY featuring graffiti and artwork by some of Toronto’s most prolific artists, music and dance performances. Multi-disciplinary musician Lido Pimienta will be headlining in addition to drum-talk-poetic- rapologist Mahlikah Aweri, R&B/Soul Singer Adria Kain, the dance crew The Moonrunners and female beatbox duo Parallel (Psyreine and Sparx)
We are also proud to host award winning activist, journalist and filmmaker Paul Nguyen alongside Blacus Ninjah. They will lead the exhibition with a discussion on how the y combined the power of Hip-Hop and the internet to fight negative stereotypes about the Jane and Finch community.

UNITY FESTIVAL 2016 – DAY ONE • VISUAL & GRAFFITI ART EXHIBITION
https://www.facebook.com/events/1413326842018225/

UNITY FESTIVAL 2016 – DAY TWO • MC & SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASE
https://www.facebook.com/events/292459864427440/

UNITY FESTIVAL 2016 – DAY THREE • DANCE & BEATBOX BATTLE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1147924725273897/

UNITY FESTIVAL 2016 – DAY FOUR • UNITY CONCERT
https://www.facebook.com/events/1742749839334085/