Oral History Dance Collection

Oral History Dance Collection


Dr. Allana Lindgren, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria, is the creator and principal researcher for the digital Oral History Dance Collection.

The Oral History Dance Collection contains digital audio files of interviews with dancers, choreographers, teachers and administrators. Initiated in 2011, the collection is part of the Canadian Dance History Project at the University of Victoria and is intended to provide an opportunity for dance professionals to reflect on their work as well as the role of the artist within society. Specific topics include training and performance experiences, cultural policies, arts advocacy and body politics, among other issues.

Interviewees include Miriam Adams (interviewed in Ottawa, ON., 2011), Françoise Sullivan (interviewed in Montréal, QC., 2011), and Linda Rabin (interviewed in Montréal, QC., 2011).

Recent Submissions

  • Lindgren, Allana (2014-02-12)
    An interview with Linda Rabin of Montreal, Quebec, co-founder of LADMMI. Rabin recounts her path into modern dance from Elsie Salomon's (Judith Marcuse's aunt) dance school as a young woman, where she was influenced by ...
  • Drag, Sandra (2013-11-15)
    This interview was held with Denise Clarke in Calgary, Alberta. She has been involved with the performing arts since childhood. She first trained and performed as a dancer and has been a member of the One Yellow Rabbit ...
  • Lindgren, Allana (2013-09-17)
    This interview was held with Stephen White the current Producer of Dance Victoria, in Victoria British Columbia.  He discusses his early theatre training at the University of Windsor, followed by his time working as a ...
  • Lindgren, Allana (2013-08-14)
    This interview was held with Tanya Howard who is a Principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. Howard left her home in Johannesburg at a young age to attend the National Ballet School. In this interview she ...
  • Lindgren, Allana (2013-06-25)
    This interview was held with Yukichi Hattori who moved at the age of thirteen from his home in Japan to Germany to attend the Hamburg Ballet School. Hattori joined the Hamburg Ballet Company as an apprentice soon becoming ...