Salena Ramzy

Drumzy brings Egyptian legends to town

“Oriental dancing, as it should be, is a pure portrayal and demonstration of the sound of the music in movement,” Hossam Ramzy says, and he’d be the guy to know. An enduring legend ...
Who, me? A barber? // Cameron MacRae

Cinematic clippings

Though she’s in the midst of rehearsing one of the most enduring comic operas in the repertoire, it’s the characters found on the silver screen that presently occupy Allison Grant’s...

(Dis)integration

“It’s very, very valuable to have non-normative bodies on stage,” Brooke Leifso says. “It makes us realize how much we don’t have that in culture, whether it be other in...
// Guntar Kravis

Eleven Accords

Back in the ’70s—when esteemed choreographer Christopher House was just starting to dance—the music of Steve Reich was already everywhere. Minimalism had become the go-to soundtrack for modern ...

An Homage to Billie Holiday

‘My mom is a big fan of classical music, but we always had the radio playing in my household,” Citie Ballet artistic director François Chevennement begins. “So we always heard jazz....
// Paul McGrath

Don Quixote

The morning after dancing his first ballet in more than two decades, Alberta Ballet’s artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre had some immediately available feelings about stepping back en pointe. ...
// Aaron Pedersen

Satire on the hill

The central figure in Proud is a conservative Canadian prime minister, introduced moments after achieving the zenith of political power in the country: a majority government. The year is 2011. His na...