Dancing on the Edge

The Dancing on the Edge Festival Returns for its 31st Year!

Festival of Contemporary Dance takes centre stage July 4 to 13.

Single Tickets and EDGE Passes on Sale June 1!

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 Caballero, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Meredith Kalaman, Helen Walkley, WAREHAUS dance collective, Sujit Vaidya, Tomoyo Yamada, Jennifer McLeish-Lewis, Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov, Alexandra Clancy, Shelley Cox, and Raven Spirit Dance, Paulo Lima/Experimentus Cia. De Danca-Ceara (Brazil), Dab Dance Project (Korea), Danse Carpe Diem (Montreal), Nasim Lootij/Vâtchik Danse (Montreal), Linnea Swan (Calgary), Pamela Tzeng (Calgary), Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg), and more.

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.

All tickets on Sale June 1!

2019 Applications Now Closed

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Thank you to our audience, volunteers and participating artists for our #DOTE18 30th anniversary! Details on #DOTE19 coming soon!

DANCING ON THE EDGE 2019 – COMING SOON!The Dancing on the Edge Festival Returns for its 31st Year
Festival of Contemporary Dance takes centre stage July 4 to 13

Vancouver, BC –The Dancing on the Edge Festival is Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance, taking place July 4 -13, 2019 at various venues in Vancouver, including DOTE’s home venue, the Firehall Arts Centre.Festival Founder and Producer Donna Spencer is excited to announce that this year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than thirty innovative choreographers. 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/dumb Instrument Dance, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Rachel Meyer, Mascall Dance, and Raven Spirit Dance, Paulo Lima (Brazil), Danse Carpe Diem (Montreal), Nasim Lootis (Montreal), Stacey Horton (Victoria), Helen Walkley and more.

Artistic Mission:
The Dancing on the Edge Festival Society strives to create a place where contemporary dance artists are supported in the creation, development and presentation of artistically exciting choreography and where audiences discover and enjoy dance in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

Mandate:    

  • To produce a contemporary dance festival that provides affordable public performances by local, national, and international dance artists for the benefit of the general public
  • To increase public appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance through performances, workshops, classes, lectures and the like
  • To provide a means for professional dance artists and dance administrators to develop their skills through presentations, workshops, residencies, commissions and dialogues.

Festival History:
In 2018, the Festival celebrated its 30th annual festival making it the longest running professional dance festival in Canada.   The organization has a solid history to build on given its thirty year history. The festival is recognized nationally as a valued presenter of contemporary dance and has proven itself as an important partner and supporter of British Columbia dance artists.

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