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Intersections of Care: Dance Artists & Caregiving

April 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

How do we shape the terms of dance work to include the realities of care work?

Highlighting the urgent concerns of dance artists who simultaneously hold primary caregiver responsibilities for children and/or elders, this panel presentation draws necessary attention to longstanding systemic issues in the sector, which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The event welcomes dance artists, arts workers, arts organizations, funders and others in the sector, with the goal of working together toward supportive action and critical change.

Panellists: Justine A. Chambers, Lisa Emmons, Bonnie Kim, Diana Lopez Soto, Victoria May, Natasha Powell
Co-convenors: Susie Burpee, Tracey Norman, Kathleen Rea
Facilitator: P. Megan Andrews

Sunday, April 18, 2021
9:00-11:00am Pacific

10:00-12:00 Mountain

12:00-2:00pm Eastern

1:00-3:00pm Atlantic

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Register by Apr. 18, 2 hrs prior: ASL, Live Auto Captioning & English-to-French simultaneous translation provided. This is a caregiver-friendly event.

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This event was shaped by the valued contributions of a national artist/caregiver working group: Myriam Allard, P. Megan Andrews, Susie Burpee, Justine A. Chambers, Emily Cheung, Allison Cummings, Lisa Emmons, Ming Hon, Neena Jayarajan, Bonnie Kim, Julie Lebel, Suzanne Liska, Diana Lopez Soto, Victoria May, Viv Moore, Sally Morgan, Tracey Norman, Bee Pallomina, Natasha Powell, Kathleen Rea

Coalition Statement: The three co-convenors of this initiative acknowledge that they are white, cis-gendered women dance artists and caregivers to children. One of the co-convenors is on the autism spectrum and identifies as being neurologically atypical. The working group process gathered a diverse group of individuals with a range of unique personal experiences to generate a complex and intersecting conversation. We are all differently implicated in and impacted by the structures and systems of power and privilege that elevate some and continue to marginalize many. We recognize that the challenges experienced by dance artist-caregivers intersect with the challenges experienced by those who are marginalized in other ways, and that multiply-marginalized individuals experience much greater impacts. In this work, we centre the experience of the dance artist-caregiver and come together as a coalition around this issue, not at the expense of other issues but with sensitivity to these many intersections. We acknowledge the fundamental systems change required to reckon with and redress the deep inequities that yet prevail in the arts, and in society generally, and understand this initiative as a small part of that larger work.

Supported by: Balancing Act, CADA/East, Canadian Dance Assembly, Dance Ontario, Dance Nova Scotia, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, The Dance Centre


April 18, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Canadian Dance Assembly/L’Assemblée canadiene de la danse
(416) 515-8444
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