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Excerpts from 'Lagip Ti Dara', 'Surviving Silence', and  'Kokuloom' (2023)


The hArt Dance Film Series exists to support the professional ambitions of dance artists, and develop infrastructure for professional dance presentation within the city of Hamilton. The Series provides $4,000 for short dance films, created by talented dance and movement artists, to be screened on October 25, 2024 at The Westdale, an independent film and cultural space.


Promo image from 'Lagip Ti Dara' (Robin Lacambra, 2023 artist)

Still from 'Surviving Silence' (Fareh Malik, 2023)


Mayumi Lashbrook (2023 Series Curator) and Fareh Malik (2023 artist)


The hArt Dance Series is specifically designed to support artists who face systemic barriers - those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (racialized), or other marginalized groups, recognizing the historic inequalities that exist for particular communities in accessing professional development and presentation opportunities. 

Still from 'Lagip Ti Dara' (Robin and Lor Lacambra, 2023)


Paromita Kar (left) and Robin Lacambra at The Westdale screening event (2023 artists)


Key dates (2024):

  • May 12th - Applications close

  • May 13th - 31st - Interviews (shortlisted artists) and notification of results

  • June - September - Development and recording

  • October 1st - Deadline for submission of films

  • October 25th - Premiere event at The Westdale

The hArt Dance Film Series is presented in partnership between Hamilton Arts Council and The Westdale. The program is generously funded by the Incite Foundation for the Arts, with sponsorship from TD Bank Ready Commitment and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Who Should Apply?

How Do I Apply?

How are Selections made?

What else do I need to know?

Getting Started on The Arty Crowd

Still from 'Lagip Ti Dara' (Robin and Lor Lacambra, 2023)

Series Curator: Mayumi Lashbrook

Mayumi Lashbrook (she/her) is a Japanese Canadian settler who seeks to expose, challenge, and rectify systems of oppression by creating innovative, introspective and inclusive dance theatre. She sees embodiment as at the crux of world making, providing alternatives to unconscious thought, consumerism and oppression.


Her primary practices span performance, choreography, education and Artistic Direction. Mayumi is the Co-Artistic Director of Hamilton based Aeris Körper, a Co-Artistic Associate of CanAsian Dance and mentee of Denise Fujiwara of Fujiwara Dance Inventions. Mayumi’s different roles are all encompassing and overlapping. This enables her to approach projects and communities with openness, curiosity, excellence, and with deep satisfaction.


Mayumi Lashbrook - Photo-Credit: Lula Belle

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