One of 38 Canada 150 Signature Projects—funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, and with Shaw Communications Inc. as presenting partner—NBS’ Sharing Dance Canada 2017 shared and showcased Canada’s history, cultural richness and diversity through dance, while also bringing together and empowering communities across the country to share their stories of what it means to be Canadian.
“I am pleased that Sharing Dance Canada 2017, from Canada’s National Ballet School, has finally been unveiled to Canadians,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Communities all across the country will have the opportunity to celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity through dance. The 150th
anniversary of Confederation gives us a chance to think about what it means to be Canadian. Let’s make the most of the celebrations to strengthen the bonds of friendship that bring us together!”
For the 2017 dance performance, four Canadian choreographers—representing distinct styles of dance, cultural backgrounds and geographic locations in Canada—collaborated to give voice and movement to a unique work that embodied and celebrated Canada’s diversity and artistic identity. Choreographers included Kimberley Cooper (Calgary), Eugene Baffoe (Winnipeg), Tracee Smith (Toronto) and Roger Sinha (Montreal).