Andrew Oxenham's stage career began in 1956 with the Western Theatre Ballet in his native England, at the age of ten. When his family moved to Toronto, he continued his training with Gwenyth Lord, and later became the first male to graduate from the National Ballet School. He joined the National Ballet of Canada, became a soloist in 1966. Today his photographs appear extensively, both in Canada and abroad.
Dance Today in Canada
Andrew Oxenham undertook the project of photographing a large and representative selection of Canadian dance companies, once an unfortunate and chric injury had forced his own premature retirement from the stage. His goal was more than ambitious. In order to present an overall view of our dance theatre from coast to coast, it entailed two and a half years of work, travelling, shooting, processing and then selecting, from a vast store of photographs, those which best represented the dazzling range of dance activity in Canada and the quality of its artists.
The text of this book is by Michael Crabb and strives to set those companies of dance in Canada within a context, to provide a perspective against which their present character and extent may be set and fully appreciated.
Michael Crabb is Editor of Dance in Canada Magazine, an editorial advisor of the national quarterly, Performing Arts in Canada, and a contributing editor to The Entertainer (Hamilton). In addition, he contributes to several other publications including York Dance Review, and is Canadian correspondent for the noted British magazine, Dancing Times.