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Best Danseurs podcasts we could find (updated April 2020)
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Updated April 2020
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The sublime Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson spoke with Cathy Levy in December 2019 on the eve of her retirement from The National Ballet of Canada following an extraordinary 30-year career with the company. Dance found her at a very early age and she credits Principal Artistic Coach Magdalena Popa, leading choreographers and the full range of cla…
 
Over the course of a fast-paced conversation with Cathy Levy, Helsinki-born Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, describes how he stumbled into dance and how a strong technique and infectious enthusiasm for the art form rapidly led him to soloist roles with The Finnish National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and San Fran…
 
Guest host Lindsay Lachance, Artistic Associate with the National Arts Centre’s brand new Indigenous Theatre Department, chatted with Margaret and Andrew Grenier of the family-led Indigenous dance company Dancers of Damelahamid a few days before its NAC debut and world premiere presentation of Mînowin. Margaret explains how she grew up among the Gi…
 
Cathy Levy’s conversation with acclaimed Canadian contemporary dance performer, choreographer, master teacher and mentor Peggy Baker opens with memories of Wim Wenders and Pina Bausch. From there, Peggy speaks of her youth, her fateful encounter with Patricia Beatty, her professional dance career that brought her to Toronto’s Dancemakers and then t…
 
Cathy converses with internationally acclaimed, award-winning Vancouver dance artist Crystal Pite following the NAC opening night performance of Revisor, her most recent choreographic work co-created with Canadian actor/writer Jonathon Young. They touch on Crystal’s childhood aspiration to be a complete dance artist, her early choreographic career,…
 
In this NAC 50th Anniversary podcast, Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Rex Harrington, Artist-in-Residence, both acclaimed former principal dancers with the company, share memories about performing at the National Arts Centre and during Karen’s farewell tour across Canada. Throughout her career, opportunities came…
 
Cathy Levy chats with Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet, choreographer and recent recipient of the Order of Canada, about the full-evening portrait ballet Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum that will close the National Arts Centre 2018-2019 Dance season. Co-created with the iconic singer-songwriter —who celebrated her 75th…
 
Cathy Levy leads a captivating conversation with Alonzo King the day of his company’s NAC presentation of SUTRA, an ensemble work created in honour of the 35th Anniversary of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Born in Albany, Georgia, to a prominent 1960s civil rights family with ties to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Mr. King learned early on t…
 
Cathy Levy chats with NAC Associate Dance Artist Tedd Robinson, choreographer and artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing Inc, and composer Charles Quevillon on the eve of the NAC presentation and premiere of their latest creation Love & Other Things… a drama for flower, clay and bone. The two met in 2010 when Tedd was commissioned to produce a work …
 
Cathy chats with Canadian-born Aaron S. Watkin one day before the National Arts Centre debut of Semperoper Ballett Dresden with his production of Swan Lake. Since graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada in 1988, Aaron has enjoyed a dizzyingly rich and varied classical and contemporary dance career with The National Ballet of Canada, En…
 
Cathy speaks with contemporary dance performer and choreographer Daina Ashbee on the eve of the presentation of her first creation Unrelated, a dark duet inspired by the fate of Indigenous women in Canada. A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, of Cree, Metis and Dutch descent, Daina credits Michael Jackson with awakening her passion for dance. She…
 
On the occasion of the October 2017 National Arts Centre return of the Finnish contemporary dance troupe Tero Saarinen Company, Cathy Levy has a fascinating conversation with artistic director, dancer and choreographer Tero Saarinen. Tero came late to dance but quickly went from dance school to joining the ranks of the Finnish National Ballet, to s…
 
Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of Dance at Canada’s National Arts Centre, chats with Adolphe Binder, the new Artistic Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, on the eve of the company’s NAC presentation of Pina’s iconic Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. Adolphe describes her introduction to the world of dance and her past involvement with …
 
In this bilingual panel discussion on Creation and Collaboration that preceded the world premiere of ENCOUNT3RS (April 20-22, 2017), animator Catherine Clark speaks with the six Canadian artists involved in this historic NAC dance-music commission celebrating Canada 150. Following a discussion between Executive Producer of Dance Cathy Levy and Musi…
 
On the occasion of the November 2016 National Arts Centre presentation of Fractus V by Eastman, Dr. Yana Meerzon, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa, chats with Guy Cools, Belgian dance dramaturge and author of the books In-Between Dance Cultures: On the Migratory Artistic Identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui a…
 
In this captivating NAC Dance podcast interview, Cathy Levy talks with New Yorker Michelle Dorrance, tapper extraordinaire and recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant, on the eve of her company’s National Arts Centre debut. Michelle always knew she was destined to be a tapper. Her mentor Gene Medler exposed her early to numerous tap legends including…
 
Cathy Levy speaks with Catalan dance artist María Muñoz on the eve of her National Arts Centre debut in April 2016. María explains the significance of her separate encounters with Japanese dance theatre artist Shusaku Takeuchi, and with Pep Ramis, her long-time partner, collaborator and co-founder of the group Mal Pelo. In 2001, Muñoz and Ramis acq…
 
In this NAC Dance podcast, Cathy Levy chats with Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, on the occasion of the company’s March 2016 National Arts Centre debut. Madeleine notes that dance chose her from an early age and explains how a passion for this art form led her to the role of principal dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet, the…
 
A panel discussion, January 28, 2016 Cathy Levy hosts a pre-show talk with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Artistic Director André Lewis, choreographer Mark Godden, novelist Joseph Boyden, Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, and composer Christos Hatzis on the genesis, development and collaborative process of the ballet Going Home Star –Truth and Reconcili…
 
In this second of two episodes, the artists featured in Face 2 Face 2015, Experiences of Africa, describe the work they have done in their respective countries –alongside successful international careers-- in an effort to develop contemporary dance on the African continent. The podcast ends with a reflection on the term ‘African dance’ and how this…
 
National Arts Centre Executive Producer of Dance Cathy Levy speaks with Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, shortly before the company’s March 5-7, 2015 NAC presentation. Lourdes talks about her early introduction to ballet and her 24-year career with New York City Ballet where she danced under the legendary George Balanchine and…
 
In this third and final episode, Aakash Odedra describes his projects in development, including Murmur, an exploration of dyslexia through dance and technology, and Inked, a solo created in collaboration with French-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet, about the markings on the body of Aakash’s grandmother. In closing, Aakash explains his need to ba…
 
In this first of three episodes, Cathy Levy speaks to the up-and-coming young star of British dance Aakash Odedra who performed Rising at Canada’s National Arts Centre in February 2014. Aakash describes his early obsession with dance and the degree to which his family recognized his gift and supported him. He explains how he trained in the classica…
 
In this final episode, Akram Khan explains the origin and development of his first full-length solo piece, the autobiographical DESH, which took him and his team of close collaborators including Tim Yip, Jocelyn Pook, Michael Hulls and Karthika Nair to Bangladesh, the homeland of his parents. He then reveals his intention to create one last solo wo…
 
In this second episode, Akram Khan describes his fascination with learning about the science of movement and the similarities and contradictions of ballet, contemporary dance and kathak. This exploration leads to the development of his signature style and the creation of a short solo followed by a more substantial piece that attract media and publi…
 
In this first of three episodes, the celebrated British choreographer-performer Akram Khan talks about his very early training and performing in kathak, the north Indian classical dance form. At the age of 10 he joins the acting cast of the stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and at 13 he tours the world with Peter Brook’s The Ma…
 
In this third and final episode, Emily Molnar describes the tremendous opportunity she saw in heading Ballet BC at a turning point in its history. She outlines the three-year plan she developed before taking on its artistic directorship out of concern for its survival and place in the dance landscape of British Columbia and Canada. She attributes t…
 
In this second of three episodes, Emily Molnar speaks about the difficult decision of leaving Frankfurt Ballet, as she was turning 26, to branch out on her own. After contemplating quitting dance altogether, she chooses to become a principal dancer with Ballet BC where she interprets many roles, guided by then artistic director John Alleyne, includ…
 
In this first of three episodes, Cathy speaks to Emily Molnar, Artistic Director of Ballet BC, the day after the company’s return to the National Arts Centre Southam Hall stage following a 10-year absence. Emily recalls her early dream of becoming a prima ballerina; her training at the National Ballet School; and her subsequent four years at the Na…
 
In this final episode, Stanton Welsh speaks about his full-length classical ballet Marie based on the life of the legendary 18th-century French queen Marie Antoinette. He comments on the task of finding new talent, and describes the Houston Ballet Center for Dance, the company’s new state-of-the-art facility. In closing, he reveals his next choreog…
 
In this second of three episodes, Stanton Welch shares his impressions of Houston, Texas, its people and its arts and culture. He touches on his artistic vision, comments on his dual role of choreographer and artistic director, and tells us what he looks for in a dancer.By Canada's National Arts Centre
 
In this first of three episodes, Stanton Welsh, Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, reminisces about his youth in Australia, his ballet training, and his career as a dancer. Since turning to choreography in 2000, he has created an impressive number of works. He was appointed Artistic Director of Houston Ballet in 2003. Stanton speaks of the compan…
 
In this second of two episodes, Masazumi Chaya talks about the 21-year tenure of Judith Jamison –former star dancer and muse to Alvin Ailey– as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He describes his own 40-year contribution to the company as well as his future plans, and speaks about the company’s touring and pioneering in the fi…
 
In this first of two episodes, Masazumi Chaya, former dancer, rehearsal director and current Associate Artistic Director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, reminisces about his young life in Japan, his move to New York City in 1970, and his early years at the company. Chaya shares fond memories of the American contemporary dance icon Alvin Aile…
 
In this second of two episodes, Marie Chouinard reacts to the view that her early solo work was provocative, and that she pushes her dancers to extremes, referring in particular to bODY_rEMIX / gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS. She talks about her latest choreographic achievement, THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE), which premiered at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, …
 
In this first of two episodes, we are introduced to Marie Chouinard, choreographer and Artistic and Executive Director of Montreal-based Compagnie Marie Chouinard and NAC Associate Dance Artist. Marie describes her fascination with the human body and recalls her introduction to dance and choreography, explaining that her 15-year solo career began w…
 
In this second of two episodes, we learn that London has been a city of opportunity for Hofesh Shechter. In 2007 its three major venues, Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre and The Place, invite him to develop and present a full evening of work. He creates the complex piece In your rooms. Hofesh chats about the choreographies he has since created for …
 
In this first of two episodes, Israeli-born and UK-based contemporary artist Hofesh Shechter, former rock drummer and dancer with Batsheva Dance Company, talks about striking out on his own as a choreographer. An encounter with John Ashford, Theatre Director at The Place in London, UK, mentor to numerous artists and presenters, results in an invita…
 
In this final episode, Edouard Lock talks about his collaborations with David Bowie and Frank Zappa, and creating work for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris. He expands on his notion of evolution and revolution in the context of Amelia and Amjad, tells us about the process of transposing Amelia to film, and shares some details of his new work. Prompte…
 
In this second of three episodes, Edouard Lock challenges the notion that the movement vocabulary of his early works is violent and explains how the accompanying music contributed to this perception. He then talks about his other choreographies, what inspires him to create, his first international commission for the Het Nationale Ballet of Holland …
 
In this first of three episodes, Edouard Lock, choreographer and Artistic Director of Montreal-based La La La Human Steps, recalls his family’s move to Canada and the period and events that led to the creation of La La La Human Steps including his involvement with Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Edouard comment…
 
In this last episode, Wayne McGregor talks about his future projects, including his first full-length piece for Paris Opera Ballet, his first virtual reality ballet, his collaboration with Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Big Dance Trafalgar Square for the 2012 London Olympics. Wayne describes his involvement in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, opera,…
 
In this second episode, Wayne McGregor reflects on his dancing career, describes the point of departure in his creative process, and what fascinates him as a contemporary choreographer. He then speaks of his groundbreaking collaborations and ongoing investigations into the relationship between body and space with British and American cognitive scie…
 
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