The 32nd Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival Moves Forward in a Different Form!

July 2 – 11, 2020


An eagerly anticipated highlight of the Lower Mainland’s dance season each July is Canada’s longest-running contemporary dance festival, Dancing on the Edge. For the 2020 festival, we are happy to announce that we aren’t cancelling, but excited to be presenting a reimagined EDGE. This year, during this global pandemic, things will be different, working around the limitations on public gatherings, so the EDGE has adjusted its look and vision in response.


In celebration of our 32nd Annual DOTE, Festival Producer Donna Spencer recently announced “We are very disappointed that Dancing on the Edge Festival 2020 which was scheduled from July 2-11will not be moving forward as originally planned.  The festival was to have included a presentation of over thirty live performances featuring international artists from India, the USA, Quebec, Alberta, Ontario and from across BC.  We know our audiences and artists look  forward to the festival every year so we will be offering instead some specially curated digital programming,  possibly a few performances  for  very limited audiences (with safety precautions in place), as well as online classes for anyone who wants to dance! We hope everyone will participate and enjoy this ‘lite’ version of the festival, which has run uninterrupted for thirty-one years.  The arts are so valued and enriching, especially at challenging times like this, so we look forward to continuing to reach and engage our loyal patrons with our reimagined EDGE!


In addition, we are announcing five commission projects – the COVID Commissions.  Artists will be invited to submit their proposals with commissions ranging from $5,000-$10,000, dependent on the project.  These new works will be premiered at the 2021 Dancing on the Edge Festival.   We are thrilled to be offering this incentive, in the hopes that these commissions will enable artists to keep creating new work, during this difficult time for all.   Now more than ever we need our artists and we need to keep moving so the EDGE is working to support and encourage both.”


Please mark your calendars for July 2 – 11 and watch out for additional information that will be announced as things are updated and programming is finalized!