August 9, 2016
MoMo’s AGM is coming!
Join MoMo’s staff and board on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 1pm for our Annual General Meeting.
Become a member, help elect some new board members and shape MoMo’s future.
Studio C at the YWCA – 320 5th Ave SE in Calgary.
June 13, 2016
MoMo needs a few good… volunteers!
- Work to shape and advance the work and reputation of MoMo Dance Theatre
- Attend and participate in board meetings and on committees when required
- Support fundraising activities
- Attend our events if possible
- Approve the annual budget
- Provide input to the strategic plan and monitor progress towards established goals
MoMo has a new Artistic Director!
We’re excited to announce that Jan Derbyshire will join MoMo as artistic director officially on June 1, 2016. Jan brings a wealth of lived and learned experience to MoMo and we can’t wait to see where she takes the company over the coming months. Learn more about Jan here.
March 7, 2016
Travelogue by Thomas Poulsen
Recently, in late November of 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to experience the state of inclusive dance there. I was there on the invitation of former MoMo ensemble member Marja Cantell, who works as a researcher and lecturer in Special Educational Needs at the University of Groningen – but closest to her heart is the promotion of artistic and educational inclusion for dancers at all levels, throughout the country. Marja is based 2-hours north of Amsterdam, in the city of Groningen, and teaches a weekly mixed ability dance class for 5-10 year old children there.
For my first week there, I stayed with Marja and her family in Groningen. Immersing myself as much as possible in Marja’s regular weekly schedule, I attempted to find out what the words “inclusive dance” mean in the context of the northern Netherlands. The country is very passionate about dance, but there is still little available for disabled self-advocates, families and support workers who wish to explore dance as an art form and to do so within inclusive groups and communities. There remains considerable segregation in the lives of Dutch citizens with disabilities. Still, in meeting with Marja’s colleagues, participating in her children’s class and co-facilitating workshops with students of various backgrounds, I did encounter an openness to working to promote inclusion in dance education and training. Of course, we also found opportunities to promote the work of MoMo Dance Theatre (the buttons were gone already in the first workshop :-).
After one week, we travelled to the Hague to attend the DanceAble Symposium. DanceAble was a three day event designed to promote inclusive dance in Holland. It consisted of public performances of inclusive dance; keynote speeches by Janice Parker and Lucy Bennett, both veteran advocates of the movement; a series of workshops devoted to various aspects of inclusive dance practice; a panel discussion; and some opportunity to make contact with others advocating for a more open and inclusive movement culture. The organizers worked very hard to make the event user friendly and accessible, but their inexperience was evident. As an example: in order to reach the designated lunch area, it was necessary to climb up a flight of stairs. Still, it was delightful learning about the techniques and practices of StopGap taught by wheelchair dancer Laura Jones (based in the UK) and experience working with dancers living with deaf-blindness as we were told about their journey in the (still developing) creation of a new work. The evening performances were also a highlight, featuring new works such as a set of duets called “Mixed Doubles”, an international breakdance ensemble called IllAbilities, and a particularly charming piece from a new community-based dance group in the Dutch mixed ability dance scene called PitStop.