Online Programming

Residency at a Distance

The Residency at a Distance initiative is a pilot project with the  goal of creating connectivity and stimulating artistic collaboration during this period of physical distancing. Bringing together a collaborative team of 2 artists, the project explores the potential in remote collaboration. Cross disciplinary exchange, digital technologies, video, animation, etc. All is possible!

With the intention of sharing this experience with the public, we invite you to a “bring your own beverage” happy hour, on the Zoom platform to discuss the outcomes of the artist’s work, the difficulties met on the way, their strategies for creating remotely, and much more!

Karen Fennell and Dong Hoon Jun
May 4 to 8 – Post-residency discussion: May 14, 5PM

Simon Renaud and Marie Lambin Gagnon
May 11 to 15 – Post-residency discussion: May 21, 5PM

Frédérique Pax Dumas and Nubian Néné
May 18 to 22 – Post-residency discussion: May 28, 5PM

Nien Tzu Weng and Naoto Hiéda
June 1 to 5 – Post-residency discussion: June 11, 4PM

Together at a Distance – A Series of Conversations

A series of Zoom conversations designed to make space for dialogue around issues impacting dance artists and cultural workers during COVID-19. Animated by Andrew Tay with guest participants directly affected by this situation, each discussion concludes with an open question period from the public.

1/ Facing Cancellations
April 15, 2020 – 11AM

With Sébastien Provencher (choreographer), Dorian Nuskind-Oder (choreographer/Je suis Julio), Axelle Munezero (choreographer/100lux)

Guest presenters: Michael Toppings (Executive and artistic director, M.A.I.), Jessie Mill (Dramaturge and artistic advisor, FTA), Julie Deschênes (Production manager and general director adjunct, Tangente Danse)

With dance events being cancelled at theatres, festivals and public spaces everywhere, we’ll discuss the impact of the current situation and how it has affected both artists and dance presenters.  What have they experienced? What are potential strategies for the future? Can we think of best practices? 

In French and English.

2/ Touch and the Body After All of This
April 22, 2020 – 11AM

Touch and physical closeness are often a part of the dance artists’ practice. Some artists propose shared touch between the performers and the public, while others work with sweat and bodily fluids as choreographic material. We’ll talk about how the current situation might change the way artists practice, and how it could affect the way that audiences perceive and receive choreographic work. 

With VK Preston (Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies) Noémie Solomon (Teacher, writer, dramaturge, and curator in the field of contemporary dance and performance) and the artists Antonija Livingstone (choreographer), Jamila Johnson-Small (Last Yearz Interesting Negro), Hanna Sybille Müller (choreographer).

Mostly in English.

International Dance Day


Long-term artist in residence at the CCOV, Crazy Smooth, will go live on Facebook to teach you a short choreography. Whether you are a beginner or an aficionado, by yourself or with your family, treat yourself with a bit of dance in the comfort of your own home! It will be a fun way to celebrate International Dance Day and try your hand at some moves designed by the choreographer from the renowned street dance company Bboyizm. Actvity in French and English.

Dancing since 1997, Crazy Smooth is one of Canada’s top street dancers, performers, choreographers, instructors, judges, and community leaders. He is founder and creative director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street-dance company that has been instrumental in the preservation and growth of street dance in Canada and internationally. Founded in 2004, Bboyizm is Canada’s premier street-dance company. The company is committed to promote and preserve the foundation, authenticity, and essence of all street dances. Bboyizm believes that authentic self-expression enables an individual – and by extension, a community – to realize its full potential. In addition to performances, the company provides a complete street dance experience that includes outreach and street-dance programs in schools and communities across Canada.

Tea Dance Party

With it being so long since there hasn’t been any rehearsals, theatre shows, or nightclub events, We miss dancing together!! So, as a way to celebrate the summer arriving, the CCOV wants to offer the dance community a chance to get down together: from our living rooms, kitchens or bedrooms. Wear a wild outfit, interact with each other in the chat, and show folks your best moves. Or just do your dishes or stretch while the music plays in the background. Hosted on Zoom with music by DJ Andrew Tay.

Tea Dance Party for the Community – May 7, 2020

Tea Dance Party – Coast to Coast to Coast – June 18, 2020