Rhonda Ryman

Ryman, Rhonda. 1998. Ryman’s Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms: Cecchetti. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
Compiled by one of the world's leading experts on the language of dance, Ryman's Dictionary is a new guide to the complex language of Classical Ballet. Rhonda Ryman has spent more than 20 years exploring Classical Ballet terminology, aided by her expertise in kinesiology, Laban and Benesh notation systems and practical work as a ballet teacher. Building on her earlier RAD dictionary, her new book uses as its foundation the teachings and terminology of the great Italian teacher, Enrico Cecchetti. Ryman offers clear and comprehensive descriptions and pronunciation guides, for more than 900 ballet terms.
ISBN: 0-929003-33-0, softcover $24.95




Cheryl Smith

Smith, Cheryl. 2000. “The Canada Council and its Ballet 'Problem,' 1957-1962, Part I – Councillors, Friends, and Antagonists.” Society for Canadian Dance Studies E-Journal, Volume 1/Journal électronique de la Société des études canadiennes en danse, volume 1. Toronto: Visus Foundation.
"The Canada Council and its Ballet 'Problem,' 1957-1962" is a two-part article drawn from the concluding chapter of a recent dissertation by Cheryl Smith, Ph.D. "Councillors, Friends and Antagonists" begins in 1957 with the founding of the Canada Council. Cheryl describes some of the problems faced by the Council in its early days, including three needy and mostly worthy Canadian ballet companies. By the early 1960s, the Council had developed a somewhat antagonistic relationship with all the ballet companies. Finally, frustrated by the ballet companies' unending financial needs and the conflicting reviews from critics about artistic quality, the Canada Council commissioned an evaluation, a ballet survey, by three outside experts, one each from New York, London and Montreal.
ISBN: 0-97303610-09, CD-ROM format $20.00


Smith, Cheryl. 2001. “The Canada Council and its Ballet 'Problem,' 1957-1962, Part II – The Infamous Ballet Survey.” Society for Canadian Dance Studies E-Journal, Volume 1/Journal électronique de la Société des études canadiennes en danse, volume 1. Toronto: Visus Foundation.
"The Infamous Ballet Survey" takes readers through the notorious Kirstein-Buckle report of 1962, which was so negative and inflammatory, particularly in its treatment of Celia Franca and the National Ballet of Canada, that the Canada Council never released it to the public or to the companies themselves. The Canada Council had recruited New York City Ballet co-founder Lincoln Kirstein, British ballet critic Richard Buckle, and the National Film Board of Canada producer/director Guy Glover to evaluate all three companies and to make recommendations about the future of ballet in Canada. The Council's officers had hopes that the experts would recommend one national company; however, none of the experts felt this was the solution, and there was no consensus on which company was the most promising. In the end, the Council gave up on the idea of putting their resources behind just one company, and began giving reasonably good grants to the ballet companies of Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal.
ISBN: 0-97303610-09, CD-ROM format $20.00


Smith, Cheryl. 2000. “‘Stepping Out:’ Canada’s Early Ballet Companies, 1939-1963.” Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Department of History, University of Toronto.
This dissertation compares the founding and early years of Canada's "big three" ballet companies (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens) during the 1940s and 1950s. The three companies' unique artistic personalities and ambitions are brought to light, but the dissertation's more intriguing contribution is in revealing the extent of the companies' financial distress, and the small-scale "practical patrons" who kept the companies afloat for years. Even after the Canada Council began handing out grants in 1957, the three ballet companies had some tough times as they strove to prove themselves on stage and behind the scenes. Cheryl's talent for story-telling and meticulous research have produced a fresh, fascinating new resource for Canadian dance and cultural historians.




Iro Valaskakis Tembeck


Tembeck, Iro. 2001. La danse comme paysage. Sources, traditions, innovations. IQRC-PUL, Sainte-Foy.
As part of a series entitled “Explorer la culture”, La danse comme paysage is directed at college students and freshmen as a reader to provide incoming students with more cultural background. It deals with many aspects of dance and wishes to demystify the nature of dance and its role in society. It speaks mainly of Québec but not exclusively—and it touches upon many types of dance: traditional, innovative, Eastern, Western, recreational and professional. It also presents the different professsions that are possible within the field, and finally it questions the significance of dance. This book is written in French.


Tembeck, Iro. (Ed.). 2000. Estivale 2000 Canadian Dancing Bodies Then and Now / Les Corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
Estivale 2000 was a three-day scholars' gathering hosted by Université du Québec à Montréal's dance department in May 2000. The conference focussed specifically on historical, critical and aesthetic research on dance conducted by and about Canadians. It was a first such venture in its choice to dwell solely on Canadian content and thus bring greater visibility to this research area. Its "co-lingual" format left the choice to presenters to speak either in French or in English and these proceedings respect the language of presentation.

En mai 2000 le Département de danse de l'Université du Québec à Montréal organisait l'Estivale 2000. Ce colloque de trois jours fut une première rencontre entièrement dédiée à la recherche historique, critique et esthétique concernant l'art chorégraphique du Canada. Les présentations ont suivi une formule "co-lingue" laissant le choix à chaque conférencier(e) de parler en anglais ou en français et ces actes de ce colloque respectent la langue de présentation.
ISBN: 0-929003-50-0, softcover $39.95


Tembeck, Iro. 1995.

Dancing in Montreal: Seeds of a Choreographic History. Studies in Dance History, V(2). Wisconsin: Madison.

Tembeck, Iro. 1991. Danser à Montréal : Germination d'une histoire chorégraphique. Presses de l'Université du Québec. Reprinted in 1992 and 2001.


Tembeck, Iro. 2002. “Pour une culture chorégraphique élargie : Bilan Inhabituel de la danse québécoise.” Dans D. Lemieux (Ed.),
Traité de la culture, pp.769-786. Québec : les editions de l’IQRC.


Tembeck Iro. 2002. “Bodily Reflections : Through the Looking Glass, Broadly.” In Brian Webb (Ed.), The Responsive Body: A Language of Contemporary Dance, pp. 68-77. Banff: Canada Dance Festival / Banff Centre Press.
ISBN: 0-920159-96-6, $21.95


Tembeck Iro. 2002. “Le corps et ses miroirs : Reflets et reflexions Personels.” In Brian Webb (Rédacteur), Ode au Corps : Une histoire de danse, pp. 70-81. Banff : Banff Centre Press/ Festival Danse Canada.


Tembeck Iro. 2002. Made in Montreal : Choreographic trends 1978-1993. In Iro Valaskakis Tembeck (Ed.), Estivale 2000 Canadian Dance Bodies Then and Now/Les corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada, pp.63-73. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
Throughout the 1980s, Montreal’s special brand of dancemaking earned itself an international reputation partly due to favourable socio-economic structures and the great exposure brought by the various editions of the Festival international de nouvelle danse. This paper presents the social background and the salient features that distinguished this particular movement style by providing a close study of choreography created over a fifteen-year span, 1978-1993. By the mid-1990s, artistic trends had shifted thereby showing that a new cycle was being introduced. The analysis here presented retraces and brings closure to one of the fascinating moments of local choreographic history.
ISBN: 0-929003-50-0, softcover $39.95


Tembeck Iro. 2002. Several Histories / des histoires plurielles. In Iro Valaskakis Tembeck, (Ed.) Estivale 2000 Canadian Dance Bodies Then and Now/Les corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada, pp. 13-17. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
ISBN: 0-929003-50-0, softcover $39.95


Tembeck, Iro. 2001. “Paradoxes identitaires et mondialisation.” Dans Danse : langage propre et métissage culturel / Dance : Distinct language and cross cultural influences, pp. 247-257. Actes de colloque, Chantal Pontbriand (dir.). Montréal: Parachute.