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Directed by Moze Mossanen
The Dancemakers series is the first comprehensive suite of programs featuring six innovative Canadian choreographers: David Earle, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, James Kudelka, Ginette Laurin and Constantin Patsalas. Each half-hour program features a complete choreographic work plus rehearsal scenes and concise commentary about the choreographer's motivations and working method.
Originally broadcast on CBC Television and TVOntario, this outstanding series on Canadian contemporary dance was written, directed and produced in 1986 by Moze Mossanen. Each program is hosted by Veronica Tennant and showcases the talented dancers of some of Canada's leading dance companies including The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Danny Grossman Dance Company and O Vertigo Danse. The dance works recorded in the series are now considered Canadian choreographic masterworks.
More than just fostering an appreciation for dance, this series promotes insights into the creative process and lays the groundwork for discussions centred on the following topics: the forms and elements of dance; the principles of composition; the potential problems of interpretation.
Highly successful on VHS, this series is being relaunched on DVD and includes bonus features such as photo galleries, interviews with director Moze Mossanen, and an electronic teachers' guide.
THE DANCEMAKERS TEACHER'S GUIDE
Janet Millar Grant and Gabby Kamino
Included with The Dancemakers DVDs
This dance educator's resource has been developed to provide support for secondary school teachers as a companion resource to the The Dancemakers DVD series.
The Teacher's Guide is divided into sections, each corresponding to a specific DVD from The Dancemakers series. The Teacher's Guide contains over 100 suggested lessons and activities for educational applications in the classroom as well as in the studio.
Specifically, students will have the opportunity to:
• Recognize and apply compositional principles
• Consider the processes employed by professional artists
• Appreciate and discuss the abilities demonstrated
• Examine the technical challenges faced by dancers and choreographers
• Learn more about dance as an art form
• Analyze different styles of movement composition
• Demonstrate their own ability to use movement and musical concepts
• Study the history of Canadian modern dance choreography
The Dancemakers Teacher's Guide is an ideal resource for dance educators.
DR. JANET MILLAR GRANT (co-editor, Teacher's Guide) holds several degrees in dance and education including an Ed.D. in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from OISE. Dr. Grant has been a teacher for grades JK to 8, as well as a curriculum consultant and curriculum coordinator. She has worked for the Ministry of Education and as a pre-service course director at York University. She has published five books in the area of teaching and learning.
GABBY KAMINO (co-editor, Teacher's Guide holds a B.Sc. and a B.Ed. She has worked with many choreographers as a dancer and her own choreography has been performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 1975, she co-founded Dance Plus Four. Kamino has been teaching math and modern dance at Etobicoke School of the Arts for almost twenty years. She is the associate choreographer for Toronto's Ballet Creole.
MOZE MOSSANEN (writer, director, producer)
Moze Mossanen is one of Canada's pre-eminent directors of dance film dramas whose work has been honoured by many
awards and shown around the world. His first dramatic shorts, Illegal Acts and Canciones, brought him to the attention
of the CBC where he directed his feature-length documentary film Dance for Modern Times. The film was released
theatrically, nominated for a Genie Award and won the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film Festival.
Other works include The Golden City and My Gentleman Friends, both of which received Gemini nominations for directing
and writing, respectively. My Gentleman Friends, a 72-minute television drama, was singled out by The Globe & Mail as
one of the outstanding dramatic programs of the 1999 season.
In recent years, Moze has created a body of popular and critically acclaimed work that has included a unique blend
of drama, music and dance. These films include: The Rings of Saturn (CBC/Bravo!); Year of the Lion, a contemporary
adaptation of the novel Dangerous Liaisons, which won three Gemini Awards and the Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film Festival
(CBC/Bravo!); From Time to Time, nominated for three Gemini Awards (CBC/Bravo!); Roxana, an adaptation of the
novel by Daniel Defoe, winner of two Golden Sheaf awards, the CSC Award for Cinematography and two Gemini
Awards; and, mostly recently, the dance-drama Nureyev (Bravo!/CTV), which earned six Gemini Award nominations
and for which Moze received the award for Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series.
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