Dancing on the Edge Festival 2021 Lineup Announcement

Raven Spirit Dance photographed by Eric Zennström

The 2021 festival features a diverse, exciting lineup of more than 30 online and live stage performances by leading artists from all across the country.

The program includes specially curated digital programming with recorded online performances, premieres of dance films, and dance discussions. There will be outdoor live performances in the Firehall Courtyard (for very limited audiences with full COVID-19 safety precautions in place) and theatre performances with limited capacity if public health regulations permit (at the Firehall Arts Centre Theatre).

DOTE producer Donna Spencer has also announced the COVID Commissions, with seven projects premiering at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival.

The companies and choreographers presenting COVID-commissioned works include Ouro Collective, Raven Spirit Dance, Billy Marchenski, Immigrant Lessons, Generous Mess, Rob Kitsos, and Meredith Kalaman.

“We were thrilled to have offered this incentive, knowing that these commissions have enabled artists to keep creating new work, during this challenging time for all,” Spencer says. “Now more than ever we need our artists and we need to keep moving so the EDGE is working to support and encourage both.”

The festival will also present works by several acclaimed Vancouver artists, including Wen Wei Dance, Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler, Rachel Meyer, Lesley Telford/Inverso Productions, and many more.

Throughout the fest, audiences will be able to experience scheduled performances online as well as live on-stage.

Mark your calendars for July 8 to 17 and stay tuned for a full schedule announcement coming soon.

Billy Marchenski, light- bearer, by Israel Seoane

2021 Performances

Live Works

Dumb Instrument Dance
Dreaming of Koi  |  Dumb Instrument Dance
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Gardens

Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida
Proof  |  Kirsten Wicklund
Initial Response and Reconfiguration  |  Peter Smida
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford & Kirsten Wicklund/Peter Smida
“1:1:1” (phase one)  |  Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford
Prominence & Glory  |  Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Raven Spirit Dance & Meredith Kalaman
Confluence  |  Raven Spirit Dance
the sea of my tomorrows  |  Meredith Kalaman
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Rachel Meyer
Mama, do we die when we sleep?  |  Rachel Meyer
Russian Hall

Vanessa Goodman & Rob Kitsos
Tuning  |  Vanessa Goodman
The Threshing Floor  |  Rob Kitsos
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Immigrant Lessons & CAMP
ORIGINS/ How Do We Co-exist?  |  Immigrant Lessons
PAM  |  CAMP
Firehall Arts Centre - Courtyard Stage

OURO Collective & Generous Mess
by means of each other  |  Generous Mess
Fire06  |  OURO Collective
Firehall Arts Centre - Courtyard Stage

Wen Wei Dance
Two  |  Wen Wei Dance
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler
M.O.I. - the partitions  |  Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Online Works

Billy Marchenski
light-bearer  |  Billy Marchenski
Streaming

Festival Film Package
Flow Tide  |  Shion Skye Carter
Vicarious Time  |  Stand Up Dance/Meagan O'Shea
Dazzle  |  Future Leisure/Julianne Chapple
Become, this earthly plane  |  Kelly McInnes
Straight, No Chaser  |  Olivia C. Davies/O.Dela Arts
APE & APE (3.0)  |  Tara Cheyenne Performance/Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
MOI - the partitions  |  Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler
“1:1:1” (phase one)  |  Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford
Two  |  Wen Wei Dance
TUNING  |  Vanessa Goodman
The Threshing Floor  |  Rob Kitsos
ORIGINS/ How Do We Co-exist?  |  Immigrant Lessons
Limb(e)s  |  Company Ci
Bodies  |  push/FOLD
the sea of my tomorrows  |  Meredith Kalaman
Spells For Chinatown  |  Dumb Instrument Dance
by means of each other  |  Generous Mess
Fire06  |  OURO Collective
Streaming via Vimeo

Dance Film

push/FOLD
Bodies  |  push/FOLD
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Company Ci
Limb(e)s  |  Company Ci
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

Immigrant Lessons
ORIGINS/ How Do We Co-exist?  |  Immigrant Lessons
Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

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Dancing on the Edge is monitoring COVID-19 news and guidelines in British Columbia. We hope you and your families are safe and well during these uncertain times. Sign up to our E-News to keep up-to-date with our 2021 festival which runs from 8-17 July. Dancing on the Edge Festival is committed to the health and wellbeing of our dance community.

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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.