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IT'S ABOUT TIME
DANCING BLACK IN CANADA
1900 TO 1970

Curated by Seika Boye, PhD, this exhibition illuminates the largely undocumented dance history of Canada’s Black population before 1970. Featured are individual dance artists such as Leonard Gibson, Ola Skanks, Ethel Bruneau, Joey Hollingsworth and Kathryn Brown. The exhibit exposes the representation of Blackness on Canadian stages, as well as audience and media reception of Black performance in Canada during this era. It’s About Time explores legislation of leisure culture, dance lessons and the role of social dances at mid-century.

SPECIAL TALK:
"INSIDE THE PROCESS"

July 18, 6 to 8pm

Curator Seika Boye and exhibit designer Amy Bowring take visitors through the process of assembling the exhibit from different collections and buried sources.

 

Ignite Gallery, OCAD University
165 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Opening Reception
July 14, 1 to 3pm

Gallery Hours
1 to 6pm, weekends only

Dates
July 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
August 4, 5, 11, 12

Contact events@dcd.ca for more info

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Photo: Don Gillies, Janet Baldwin, unknown (seated –possibly Portia White), Dorothy Dennenay and Bill Diver of the Volkoff Canadian Ballet, c. 1945

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