In 2013, Jessica Botelho-Urbanski wrote in The Uniter’s Urban Issue that Winnipeg could be improved with more arts funding. Unfortunately, arts funding is again on the chopping block in the municipal budget this year, facing a 10 per cent decrease.
Plays like the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s As You Like It demonstrate the success of combining literature with music and choreography to create crowd-pleasing pieces, and they set the stage for others to follow suit.
Last year, the Canada Council for the Arts (Canada Council) and Manitoba Arts Council implemented huge changes in their funding programs. Both launched new initiatives for Indigenous arts funding, online application systems and supports for grant applications.
Dance, a physically demanding art form, can offer a unique, emotionally dynamic experience where both performers and audience members contribute energy to the art piece. Animal Triste is a dance piece that creates this kind of dynamic atmosphere.
1. Ming Hon
2. Carol-Ann Bohrn
3. Ella Steele
Readers might recognize cohabitating partners Jordan Cayer and Ella Steele from the Winnipeg stage.
Glassreel at Into The Music // PLATFORM members’ screening // Rebecca Belmore book launch // Art opening at Blinkers // Young Lungs celebrates 15 years // Alison James artist talk
While RuPaul’s Drag Race sits at the forefront of drag representation in popular culture, there’s much more to the art form than simply female impersonation. Behind every drag performer, there are local histories spanning many decades.
Derived from the Sanskrit word dīpāvali meaning "row of lights,” Diwali is a five-day spiritual event that begins on Oct. 25. The event’s pre-celebration on Oct. 11 at the Punjab Cultural Centre promises to be culturally encapsulating.
For dancer and actor Maria Anne Grant, performing has always taken a central role in her life.
Launch at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) // WNDX Festival of Moving Image // Winnipeg launch of Cam Scott’s ROMANS/SNOWMARE // Queer Skate Day costume party // Aurora Gorealis: Happy Birthday to Me // Dance Party at the Good Will
Dance is one of the few professional or recreational activities where it is socially acceptable for total strangers to touch each other. For several local dancers, examining what gender and consent mean in an intimate interaction has become a central part of their practice.
Who gets invited to the party and who doesn’t isn’t just a middle-school game. It’s a dilemma facing today’s queer community.
Carol-Ann Bohrn is known locally for work as a dancer. She most recently appeared in The Threepenny Opera, put on by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre.
At Winnipeg artist-run centre Young Lungs Dance Exchange, dance exists as much in the mind as in the body.
When NAfro Dance Productions founder and artistic director Casimiro Nhussi first came to Winnipeg, he couldn’t find anyone producing the sort of work he wanted to make. So he started making it himself.
Fat Babes Dance Collective founder Laura Elliott was tired of never seeing fat bodies performing dance in Winnipeg
Yofanana, NAfro Dance Productions’ upcoming show, cuts to the heart of human connection.
Contemporary dancers are branching out to collaborate with other art forms. According to Johanna Riley, interim company manager at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), this crossover is a natural evolution for the genre.
Hotel Room/Only the Dead Wear Shoes to Bed, a multimedia installation which took place in the basement of Forth, featured four videos, a large installation and a performance by artist and contemporary dancer Ming Hon.