'Dance Is A Weapon In The Revolutionary Class Struggle'

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**A Stop Harper, No to Bill C51 event**

SHOW 730-830
SOCIAL 830-930

'Dance is a weapon in the revolutionary class struggle' is a slogan raised by the Workers Dance League - a dance troupe in the 1930's, with close ties to the Neighbourhood Playhouse and the Martha Graham Company.

This two part event will feature a "revolutionary TEDtalk" sharing this history and making connections between this historical backdrop of that time and the austerity climate in which we find ourselves today, as well as a the public premiere of a new solo dance work called "The Interview" choreographed in summer 2015 by Pam Johnson with Corrie Sakaluk.

"The Interview"depicts a woman embracing her mission to make the world a better place, only to find herself - and her family - under threat of recrimination, as civil liberties in Canada continue to be eliminated eroded. It is based, in part, on Corrie's true experience of being "randomly selected" for an interview by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Services) in the course of her former job as a flight attendant.

Choreographer: Pam Johnson
Co-Creator & Dancer: Corrie Sakaluk

Original soundscape:
designed by Pam Johnson & Corrie
created with Lionel Pedro at trench recordings
featuring Paul Bozzi

More about the Workers Dance League via NYC Dance Stuff:
"It was the time of the Great Depression and the labor movement of the 1930s. Workers’ groups along a wide political spectrum were formed, and dancers joined, in turn forming the Workers’ Dance League and the New Dance Group. The dancers, often divided by ideology and allegiances, struggled to reconcile revolutionary and bourgeois dance—dance that proclaimed the workers’ movement of the future and also dance inherited from traditional forms, even incorporating the new, personalized forms developed by Martha Graham. “Their muscles (and joints) and sinews were trained to express power—artistic and social. Clenched fists, aggressive lunges, and themes of hard physical work were common in revolutionary dance” (Graff)."
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