Dancing on the Edge

Applications are now open for our 32nd Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival 2020!


Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019

Vancouver, BC – Dancing on the Edge Festival is Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance and is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the Lower Mainland’s Dance Season. This year’s DOTE presents extraordinary dance productions from Canada, Brazil and Korea and takes place from July 4 -13, 2019 at various venues in Vancouver, including DOTE’s home venue, the Firehall Arts Centre. This year’s performances offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work featuring World Premieres, North American and Western Canadian debuts, and works-in-progress from some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers.

Festival Founder and Producer Donna Spencer is excited to announce that this year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than twenty innovative choreographers and companies. Artists from across Canada, and around the globe will dance on stages and in the streets during the ten-day festival, in full length and mixed bill programs, as well as site-specific works.  The 31st annual Dancing on the Edge Festival will bring dance in all shapes and forms to Vancouver audiences.

This year’s lineup includes; Vancouver’s Ziyian Kwan, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Rachel Meyer, MascallDance, Kirsten Wicklund, Alejandra Miranda and Juan Villegas, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Meredith Kalaman, Helen Walkley, WAREHAUS dance collective, Sujit Vaidya, Tomoyo Yamada, Jennifer McLeish-Lewis, Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov, Soleful Dance/Alexandra Clancy, Shelley Cox, and Starr Muranko|Raven Spirit Dance, Paulo Lima/Experimentus Cia. De Danca-Ceara (Brazil), Dab Dance Project (Korea), Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe (Montreal), Nasim Lootij & Kiasa Nazeran/Vâtchik Danse (Montreal), Linnea Swan (Calgary), Pamela Tzeng (Calgary), and Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg).

About Dancing on the Edge Festival Society

The Dancing on the Edge Festival Society strives to stimulate the development of high quality contemporary Canadian dance artists and choreography through the presentation of work from emerging and established local, regional, national and international dance artists and companies. Each year the Festival provides a catalyst for discussion about dance, either through forums, roundtable discussions, or talkbacks. The Festival also acts as a facilitator for new dance creations, through commissions, residencies, and co-productions.

Significance of the Festival

Many of BC’s eminent choreographers have been presented by the Dancing on the Edge Festival including: Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, Serge Bennathan, Wen Wei Wang, Aeriosa Dance. In addition to national companies such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Brian Webb Dance Company, Paul-André Fortier, plus thousands of performing dance artists from across Canada.  It’s important to note, with many festivals, such as the Canada Dance Festival and Magnetic North Festival re-configuring itself after a hiatus, it is significant that Dancing on the Edge Festival continues its work for the Canadian arts + culture community, not only artists, but even more importantly for our audiences.

2019 Performances

Full Programs

Helen Walkley
SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Schemas, 1-5
Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works
Firehall Arts Centre

Transverse Orientation
Rachel Meyer
Warehouse Space - 1490 E Georgia St, Vancouver (Limited Street Parking)

Mixed Programs

First Adundance Society  |  Dab Dance Project
YES  |  Linnea Swan
The inbetween  |  Meredith Kalaman
Firehall Arts Centre

ZAUM  |  MascallDance
Moi-Me-Man  |  Nasim Lootij & Kiasa Nazeran / Vâtchik Danse
Firehall Arts Centre

Dispositivo Móvel  |  Experimentus Dance Company by Paulo Lima
Eltaconquenofit  |  Alejandra Miranda and Juan Villegas
Firehall Arts Centre

Mid-light  |  Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien
OFF CENTRE  |  Sujit Vaidya
Invisible but Real  |  Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
Firehall Arts Centre

“A Meditation on the End” by Jo-Lee  |  Pam Tzeng
The Body Project (working title)  |  Tara Cheyenne Performance
Druft B  |  WAREHAUS dance collective
Firehall Arts Centre

The Odd Volume  |  Ziyian Kwan/Dumb Instrument Dance
Afloat amidst the steam of my combustion  |  Kirsten Wicklund
Firehall Arts Centre

Habitats  |  Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov
Emergency!!  |  Tomoyo Yamada | Clala Dance Project
RIGEL & BETELGEUSE  |  Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe
Stop the stigma, stop the shame (working title)  |  Shelley Cox
Where the Music Begins  |  Soleful Dance/Alexandra Clancy
Firehall Arts Centre - Courtyard Stage

Site Work

ECOUTE POUR VOIR  |  Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe
Granville Island

Chapter 21 (work-in-progress)  |  Starr Muranko | Raven Spirit Dance
Firehall Arts Centre - The Studio


Applications are now open for our 32nd Dancing on the Edge Festival! Follow the link below and APPLY NOW! Applications close 15 September 2019.
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