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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Courtesy of From the North

We deserve a pat on the back. That’s part of the point of From the North says Kim Winnicky, executive producer of the arts performance and show, a Canada 150 project being produced by Music Yukon. “We (in the territories) don’t often get a chance... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s award-winning comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) has been around for almost 30 years, but Brian Fidler and Clare Preuss are convinced it will still play well to contemporary Whitehorse audiences. “I think it... more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Bolshoi Ballet

For a cosmopolitan afternoon in downtown Whitehorse, head over to The Old Fire Hall for a screening of Swan Lake, performed by the internationally acclaimed Russian ballet company Bolshoi Ballet. The film will be shown on Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m.. more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-06-14, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

The cancan that began as an 1830s dance craze in Paris was a direct revolt against the rules imposed by men, society, press, clergy and narrow-minded citizens. From the beginning the cancan was a statement, and it became a symbolic statement... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: courtesy of Rick Massie

World travel has its place, but Sharon Shorty says a lot of Yukoners need to get out and take a trip into their own territory. And, she says, if you want to start with Haines Junction, The Da Kų Nän Ts'etthet Dance Festival makes it easy... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Haines Junction

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On November 28, 1891, the New York Sun dedicated a full page to the cancan. Titled "Eccentric Paris Dance," the article highlights Paris cancan stars of the day who describe intricate cancan dance moves. After the two decades of being attacked in... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Janice Cliff

Dawson City did not have burlesque in its repertoire until long-time local resident Rachel Wiegers decided to take up (or off, as the case may be) the mantle and bring it to town. Wiegers says her journey towards burlesque started when she was... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-04-05, Illustration: Shauna Jones

During the 1890s, the United States was a melting pot of entertainment - and vaudeville became the perfect vehicle to showcase this wealth of diversity. From New York to Victoria, B.C., vaudeville reigned supreme as the most popular entertainment in more

Apr 5, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Michel Morris

“Lucie asked me to take a Latin dance class in 2001 while she was doing a minor in Spanish at Saint-Thomas university in Fredericton,” says Salsa Yukon cofounder Michel Morris. “My first session was painful and to be honest I just wanted to play... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Andra Hunter

“What would I say my style is? It depends on what project I'm working on… I liked to say 'contemporary aboriginal dancer' for a long time, but that's pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it's all different… If you were... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-03-01, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Laura Scott

“Alright ladies, we are going on as soon as this song is over. Tallies, you’re up first. Shorties, get ready to go on right after them. I know we are all tired and looking forward to getting out of these shoes, but just keep smiling, we’re almost... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-01-25, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Although the cancan made its North American debut with Offenbach’s opera Orpheus of the Underworld in 1861, it wasn’t until it appeared in the first American musical that the cancan became a true phenomenon in North America. more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

It all started in a kitchen, like many good things do. Some people were chatting around the chips and salsa, while a few introverts stood against the wall, and friends were introduced to friends of friends. It was a low-key potluck and the... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-11-30, Illustration: Shauna Jones

On June 20, 1819 the composer who was destined to pen the cancan theme song was born. His name was Jacques Offenbach. Born in Cologne, Germany, he grew to be a virtuoso cellist. At 14 he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire and travelled... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: John Berryman

A dancer, instead of moving her body on stage, will show images in a video. A singer, instead of performing at the piano as she usually does, will leave the instrument behind. A painter, instead of using the brush, will make magic with an overhead... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Mitch Brost

For a lot of people, dancing and drinking go hand in hand. With a buzz, you can actually dance without worrying about what other people think. If you do something foolish you can always blame it on the booze, right? more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-10-26, Illustration: by Shauna Jones

It’s difficult to think of the cancan as being a dance-craze, like the Fox Trot, the Charleston and other dances fashioned after animal antics, but that’s exactly what it was. Working-class Paris dancehalls like the Chaumiere began to admit... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Tao Wong

Varietease VI: A Burlesque Carnival is the Yukon’s very own burlesque variety show. Varietease runs every second year. This is an on-year, Oct. 25 to 29 at the Yukon Arts Centre. This year’s theme is a repeat of the 2009 carnival and promises to... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-09-29, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

Although women of Paris played an integral role in the French Revolution, once the dust settled they were given a stern message by the new men in power: Stay home, tend to the children and leave the important business of governing to us. By 1825,... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History