Now available as an e-book, Navigating Home is an insightful and moving view inside the dreams, histories and talents of this remarkable collection of artists. By Amy Bowring
Visit our Pages in History section to learn about some of the individuals whose legacies we preserve.
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Maud Allan’s story reads like a modern-day tabloid … filled with libel suits, murder and tempestuous love affairs. At the height of her career, Maud was a dance sensation in Edwardian London where she was the face of collectors’ items ranging from cigarette silks to coffee tins. She was a contemporary of the forerunners of modern dance: Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis, but is the least known of this group of revolutionary dance artists. She attained international stardom through her tasteful “dance interpretations”, which she cleverly contrasted with the daring costume she wore in her chef d’œuvre The Vision of Salomé. Women adorned their clothing with beads to imitate the spectacular garment, and newspapers praised the famed “Salomé dancer” for her grace and elegance. As with any public infatuation, however, her success was short-lived. Within two years of her sensational 1908 London debut, Maud’s career began to crumble and she experienced the humiliating fall from international acclaim into obscurity
Like those in the Edwardian Era, I found myself captivated and inspired by the extraordinary Salomé costume. The intricacy of its beadwork and overall beauty as a garment helped shape the exhibit in terms of its colours and design, while its history and symbolism acted as a blueprint for the content.
Today, as a century-old artifact, the textile’s importance is apparent. The costume’s significance to Canadian dance history was recognized by the Canadian Conservation Institute in its willingness to accept the garment for conservation treatment.
Acknowledgement of the costume as a significant Canadian artifact affirms DCD’s place within Canada’s cultural heritage and reiterates the importance of preserving and sharing these dance legacies on both a national and global level.
Through this virtual exhibit, we hope that you will join DCD in celebrating the life and career of this astonishing Canadian dancer whose story has been all but forgotten. - Katelyn Roughley, Exhibit Curator
Dance Collection Danse has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 DCD Hall of Fame. We also canceled planned workshops and an inductee panel. We joined other organizations in our civic duty to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We will celebrate the same wonderful group of inductees in March 2021. (MORE)
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Just in time time for the release of our latest book, Amy Bowring's Navigating Home: Artists of the NL Dance Project, we have redesigned out store to be more secure and work seamlessly on mobile devices. Drop by and see how it looks... maybe even buy something? MORE
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Elements of Canada's dance history exist in numerous collections across the country and we want to: A) Know what's out there; and B) Share everything digitally. How? We have several ideas but we want your input. VISIT HERE to add your story. It only takes a few minutes and your input will help shape what we invest in next.