Contemporary Dance

Choreographer/Dancer Jeanguy Saintus Riché and Ayikodans: Dancing in the Dark

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
Anya Wassenberg

"The last three years have been difficult, especially the last two," says Jeanguy Saintus, professional name of Haitian-born and internationally renow...

Do Black Dance Companies Hit a Glass Ceiling?

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada
Anya Wassenberg

It's hard to understand a rationale for the lingering reluctance of mainstream society to truly embrace the work of people of colour as an essential element of its own culture -- not an exception, not as a special category forever locked in a time vault of supposed historical purity.

Dance = Life

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 12.29.2011 | Canada
Anya Wassenberg

All the arts are subjected to a kind of elitism that removes it entirely from the experience of the common man, and perhaps dance most of all. You are not a dancer. Your role as a loyal patron of the arts is to sit very still and very quiet in the dark as you watch others perform.