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  • Monday, April 29, 2019
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    (Photo: Julie Artacho)

    Ivanie Aubin-Malo is part of the 2018-19 cohort of the Ontario-Quebec project. Inspired by the success of Jouer dehors, this program, which aim is to develop dance production skills for artists who identify with Indigenous or racialized communities, is an initiative launched by the CanDance Presenting Network, La danse sur les routes du Québec and Ontario Presents.

    “My name is Ivanie Aubin-Malo. I’m a Quebecer, Wolastoqey and a dancer.

    Dance is as much a part of me as my origins. It is my internal and external connection with nature, and it has led me to the affirmation of my indigenous roots. It is through dance that I meet the world.

    After meeting James Jones, a Powwow dancer who performed internationally with A Tribe Called Red, I followed his advice and went to Vancouver to learn the Fancy Shawl Powwow Dance. James’ friend Curtis Joe Miller called me when I arrived out West and offered to teach me. The next morning, Curtis and I were on the road together, headed to our first training session and I ended up following him for four months. I quickly understood the wealth that having a mentor can offer.

    As a creator, I like to emphasize the importance of nature, of life force and the layers of ourselves that are sometimes invisible, but which come to the surface when we dance. The notion of caring for what surrounds me is important. It is the wellspring of my creativity. I want to share this love with my greater family and establish, or re-establish, open and trusting connections.

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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    Photo: Alvin Collantes

    Natasha Powell is part of the 2018-19 cohort of the Ontario-Quebec project. Inspired by the success of Jouer dehors, this program, which aim is to develop dance production skills for artists who identify with Indigenous or racialized communities, is an initiative launched by the CanDance Presenting Network, La danse sur les routes du Québec and Ontario Presents.

    “I’ve been a professional dance artist for about 15 years. Street dance had been at the forefront for a number of years, but I’ve trained in a number of different dance styles. While I was living and working in Vancouver in 2007, I met Moncell Durden aka iLL Kozby from the MOP TOP Crew. He came to teach dance classes in hip hop and house, and previewed a documentary he produced and directed entitled Everything Remains Raw — a documentary that highlights the evolution and similarities of socials dances coming from black and latin communities in the United States. I’ve always been interested the history associated with black social dances so the film resonated and sat with me for quite some time.

    Fast forward to 2011 during a late night rehearsal, I tore the meniscus in my left knee. While I was frustrated and sad at that time, it was really my body telling me that I needed a break, which gave me time to re-evaluate what was important to me as a dance artist.

  • Monday, December 17, 2018
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    Svāhā by Nova Dance
    Nova Bhattacharya
    Photo: Dahlia Katz

    Hello! I’m Nova Bhattacharya. My parents came to Canada from West Bengal, India in the late 60’s and first settled on Mi’kma’Ki in eastern Canada. When I was born, they named me Nova to honour Nova Scotia and their dreams for a new life.

    Growing up in an immigrant culture had a huge impact on my outlook on life and my approach to my art. I was constantly witness to people’s curiosity about differences and celebration of commonalities. In dance I’ve always been fascinated by differences, different physiques mastering the same movement, different personalities expressing similar emotions. This led to many collaborations with artists whose training and techniques were vastly different from my bharatnatyam background.

This pilot project offers assistance to artists who identify with Indigenous or racialized communities. Its aim is to develop dance production skills. Inspired by the success of Jouer dehors, this program is an initiative launched by the CanDance Presenting Network, La danse sur les routes du Québec and Ontario Presents. This project is made possible thanks to the Québec-Ontario cultural exchange program and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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