Ep. #69: Katie Ewald

Katie Ewald is a powerful contemporary dancer based in Guelph, Ontario. She’s performing at Hillside Inside’s Fab 5 Cabaret on Friday Feb. 7 as part of the Portal Dance Project. Here, Katie and I discuss cat years, how and why people interact with contemporary dance the way they do, why she relates more to a basketball team than the dance pack that performs between plays, how Carl Wilson’s book Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste profoundly impacted the way she processes all art, showmanship within improvisation and the importance of the audience within one’s practice, how to gauge the popularity of a niche art-form, how she ended up living in Guelph and her fondness for dancer Janet Johnson, how she got into dance as a child and became a “bunhead,” the willful strength of dancers and their snob rights, how the general public receives dance, mentors in Montreal and Brussels, being a “master of illusion,’ working with Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment, and watching a six-hour durational piece, balancing work with family life, how the Canadian government is anti-art, the Portal Dance Project presentation at Hillside Inside, how improvisation is part of one’s artistic practice, her future plans, and more.

Related links: guelphdance.ca hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com

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