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Join the dance with this issue of
Find out how Canada’s ballet companies are evolving to welcome new audiences while continuing to delight devoted fans. Discover the unique skills needed to stage manage for dance – and follow the journey as the dancers of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal decide to join Equity. But that's not all! Make sure you turn to
to learn more about the upcoming dues referendum.
Is laughter really the best medicine? Find out what’s so funny on our stages and how live performance is connecting with Canadians and making them laugh. In our Spring
issue you’ll also discover what it takes to move and think like a horse while operating a life-size puppet, as well as what’s new and improved about the Equity insurance plan that came into effect on April 1, 2013.
What happened at the FIA 2012 Congress, and why is it important to Equity members? In this issue of
you’ll find out how performers are working together through the International Federation of Actors (FIA) to tackle tough issues like equality in the workplace and the impact of digital technology on compensation. You’ll also discover how Equity is helping fellow artists in Namibia, on the south west coast of Africa, increase its membership and lobby for national arts support.
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In recognition of the coming Council elections in October 2012, this issue of
takes a look inside Equity to learn what Council has accomplished over the past term, and to discover the different ways members are giving back to their Association. You’ll also find out why support for the arts makes good business sense, how the recent federal budget is affecting live performance in Canada – and what you can do to keep arts and culture at the top of the political agenda.
Does government policy affect your career? Can lobbying for arts funding make a difference to the work you do? There are a lot of forces out there that affect your live performance career, and this issue of
connects the dots so you can see how it all fits together. And for those just starting out, you’ll learn about the professionals who can help you start off on the right foot by providing advice to successfully manage your career and finances.
It might be cold and snowy outside, but this issue of
lets a little sun in by taking a look at the great allure of summer theatre in Canada. Find out about the advantages – as well as the distractions – of performing in the great outdoors, and the wide variety of summer fare on offer. In this issue you can also read about the process of producing the same play in two languages, and what you should know when performing while pregnant.
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What decisions, challenges and realities need to be faced to put together a winning theatre season? In this issue of
we talk to artistic directors across the country about the delicate balancing act they need to perform between artistic vision and reality. Also, find out how the SummerWorks Festival was able to go on despite learning it would not be receiving a federal grant just six weeks before the curtain was scheduled to go up.
How many Facebook "friends" do you have? Find out how social media is transforming live performance – from members who are using Facebook and blogs to promote their work, to theatre and ballet companies who are reaching new audiences through YouTube and Twitter. The summer issue of
also demystifies the horrors of stage fright and takes some of the hot air out of our politicians by showcasing political theatre at The Wrecking Ball cabarets held across the country after the May federal election.
Food is essential to life, but eating also gives us the opportunity to connect to each other - especially when paired with good conversation. In this issue of
we explore how food is used to highlight themes, bring out characters, and shape the mood in live performance. We also delve into the challenges of preparing food for use on stage, and - as an added bonus - invite you to try out some unique recipes inspired by iconic stage directions and created especially for Equity members.
How are senior artists in Canada faring? Find out the results of the recent Senior Artists’ Research Project and hear from Equity members on how aging has affected their art and their livelihoods. Also check out what happens when theatre critics and performers share the stage to raise funds for the Actors’ Fund. All that and more in the Winter 2011 issue of
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examines the last 500 years of Canadian theatre history. Canadian performance has evolved to tackle the issues of the day and put Canadian productions on the map. We've come a long way from when foreign touring companies dominated our stages, but we still have a way to go yet to ensure that the voices of Aboriginal and other diverse communities are heard on our stages.
How is new technology changing our stages? Can "old" technology be just as effective in transforming an empty stage into an extraordinary live experience? Find out how Equity members are using innovation to push the boundaries of live performance and why nothing can ever replace live theatre, dance and opera - no matter how "life-like" 3D film tries to be, or how easy it may be to watch entertainment online.
Can we speak freely in Canada? While performers in other parts of the world can face imprisonment, torture and even death when their art is deemed controversial - we still need to be vigilant here in Canada to make sure our work isn't censored. Learn about some Canadian theatre productions that have faced pressure to change and about some brave international artists who have not given in to oppression.
This issue of
explores the emotions that musical theatre evokes - while some performers and audiences absolutely love the genre, others think musicals are just too over the top. You'll also learn about the performers who ensure big musicals go on night after night even though they don't always get onto the stage, and hear about the troubling arts funding situation facing Equity members in British Columbia.
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Welcome to our Government Issue - where we ask if it is time to review Canada's cultural policy. The last arts and culture review was done in 1983, so we asked several seasoned arts policy specialists if the time is right for a review, and if so - what should it include. For good measure we also asked journalist, former Governor General and tireless arts supporter Adrienne Clarkson what her ideal cultural policy would look like. Also in this issue - find out how Australian performers helped change the government, and get the inside scoop on arts lobbying.
Read Minister Moore's submission - members only
Equity Exposed! -
goes behind the scenes at Equity.
Dear Readers, You will notice that this issue of
is a departure in both content and design from previous issues. Designed as an opportunity for Council to give you an “end - of - term review,” it also provides Equity with the chance to gently poke fun at ourselves and show you some of the inner workings of your Association. We hope you enjoy it.
The Spring 2009 issue of
goes out on the road with several Canadian artists - and chronicles the trials and tribulations of performing around the world. Equity members also respond to the Harper government's recent cuts to the Trade Routes and PromArt programs, and give their reasons why touring abroad is so important for Canada and its artists.
How cool is opera in Canada? Find out in the Winter issue of
- where we travel across the country to explore how opera is evolving and thriving. We also meet Alexander Neef - the new General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, and hear from opera star John Mac Master on how Equity members can keep arts at the top of the political agenda between elections.
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The Fall issue of
examines the challenge of "being green" in the world of live performance. We speak to theatre companies across Canada at work to make theatre more environmentally friendly. This edition also introduces Barb Farwell as Equity Quarterly's new editor, and marks the debut of four additional pages of editorial content providing an enhanced idea forum.
The latest issue of
examines the challenge and satisfaction of producing theatre for young audiences. Artistic Directors and members from across Canada discuss issues relating to funding, artistic creativity and meaningful content. The issue also focuses a spotlight on outdoor Shakespeare productions in the summer, and we fondly remember former Equity Chair Vernon Chapman and George Brown Theatre School founder Timon Shaw.
The Spring issue examines issues relating to Aboriginal theatre in Canada. Guest Editor Yvette Nolan, Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, and Michelle St. John co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, share the challenges and realities of producing and performing in Native theatre. The issue also show-
cases Native performing arts organizations across the country reaching out to Aboriginal youth. The health and wellness column profiles Vancouver's Performing Arts Lodge, and Equity remembers members who passed in 2007.
issue focuses on issues relating to financial health including building a solid economic plan, retirement strategies and RRSP management. The Voices column features excerpts from Kerry Davidson's speech honouring Equity Life Member Gordon Tootoosis. Allan Teichman fills the membership in on the job of Equity's President and Cheryl Jack fondly remembers Life Member Tibor Feheregyhazi.
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issue focuses on the exquisitely beautiful and physically brutal world of dance. The feature article follows the career paths of four dancers, from training, auditioning, touring and performing; through the inevitable transition from professional dance. The Spotlight feature celebrates the one year anniversary of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and William Hutt and Ed Mirvish are fondly remembered for their contributions to arts and culture in Canada.
The Summer issue of
focuses on the crowding out of performing arts spaces by increasing urban density in Canadas major cities.
Voices say goodbye and thank you to departing Executive Director Susan Wallace
, and Karen Kain remembers Celia Franca for her contribution to dance in Canada.
The inaugural issue of
focuses on Senior Business Representative Ken Burns' twinning exchange with Oruuano of Namibian Artists' Union. A new
feature celebrates the 'The Palace on the Prairies' - the Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts. Charmion King and Mavor Moore are fondly remembered for their contributions to arts and culture in Canada.
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