“As the longest-running contemporary dance festival in Canada, Dancing on the Edge (DOTE) has spent the last three decades presenting an array of innovative and daring contemporary dance works from local, national, and international dance artists. This milestone year was no exception, and here is the best of this year’s fest.” Tessa Perkins
Tessa writes for Dance International, Dance Collection Danse Magazine, The Dance Current, The Peak, Press+1,The Canadian Film Review, The Source, Citysoup.ca, and the Earthsaver Newsletter
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Read Tessa’s full review of Dancing on the Edge Festival 2018
Choreographer + Performer: Amber Barton Funk
Photography: Chris Barton
Since our inception, we have been dedicated to supporting artists seeking new perspectives, new points of view in what we call dance. We seek to share new ideas with our audiences. Peter Dickinson shares his thoughts in his blog post.
“Framing that scene aesthetically on stage, Kramer forces us to sit with what we might otherwise choose not to see, to deal with its complicated layers of history and, perhaps most importantly, our own discomfort. This is not an easy work, but it is incredibly powerful, and I was never less than compelled.”
Fierce and visceral, Windigo resonates in us like a cry, echoing a long history of human violation of the land and culture. A Nordic epic with a post-apocalyptic stroll, Windigo exorcises the demons and the waves of violence perpetrated against the Amerindian people.
Choreographer, scenic design and costumes: Lara Kramer
Collaborators and Performers: Jassem Hindi & Peter James
Windigo is a co-commission from the Candance Creation Fund, Festival Trans-Ameriques, National Arts Centre, Usine C, Centre de Creation O Vertigo and the Dancing on the Edge Festival
This year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than thirty innovative choreographers. Artists from across Canada, from Belgium and South Korea 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 30th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival will bring dance in all shapes and forms to Vancouver audiences.
How to Enter: https://www.straight.com/contests/win-tickets-30th-anniversary-dancing-edge-festival-contemporary-dance
We are so pleased to present the Western Canada Premiere of Paul-André Fortier Danse-Création’s SOLO 70: a dance by a man with a long dance history at The Dance Centre July 7th and 8th @8pm
A co-commission of the Candance Creation Fund, Festival Trans-Amerique, National Arts Centre, Agora de la danse, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris.
Tickets available at: http://www.dancingontheedge.org/program/solo-70-a-dance-by-a-man-with-a-long-dance-history/
Photographer: Sandrick Mathurin
Also a big thanks to Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of the Dance Centre, for sharing some kind words about your experience with the festival!
“Dancing on the Edge was my introduction to BC dance when I first came to Vancouver. It is where one gets to taste the diversity of our local scene. It is a vibrant hub, connecting local artists across generations, supporting the development of local works and connecting them to key national players, and providing valuable support towards the build-up of the careers of many Vancouver artists. From the perspective of a producer, I am always amazed by the dedication of the small and passionate DOTE team who work under some trying conditions. Here is to the Festival for many years to come!”
We’re excited to have Meredith Kalaman join us for Dancing on the Edge this year as a part of the EDGE Six performances on July 12th and 14th! Tickets available at the link below:
I recall coming to Dancing on the Edge with my dad one summer. I was a young dancer, unsure of what I wanted to do with a career in dance but certain my future included dance. I booked my dad and I tickets to see a few shows, totally unaware of what we were going to. It must have been 2005 or 2006. I saw Katy Haris-McLeod do this solo onstage, she had this box that was lit up from the inside as if it held the secrets to the universe and I remember her running in circles repetitively, relentlessly, as if time didn’t even exist, as if telling us that life is infinite, if we only could just embrace that idea we would be free of time…..I was moved and inspired and mostly I remember watching this woman onstage who had created this solo and I sat there saying in my head “I want to do this, I must do this, I HAVE to do this too!!!!” Katy was a window into my future. Years later, having been on the other side of the curtain, listening to the buzzing audience before the lights went dark, I am reminded that Dancing on the Edge has been the beginning of so much for me and for so many artists, what a gift to be inspired, to inspire and get to give the gift of creativity away, all on the same stage.
Photo Credit: Curtis Stodgell
Helping us out with the festival this year is our lovely intern Athena Lewis!
Originally from the United States, Athena completed most of her dance training at a CityDance conservatory where she gained exposure to artists such as Ronen Koresh, Rob Priore, Ronald K. Brown, Maleek Washington, and many more. She has also attended many summer intensives throughout the US, and she is thankful to have moved to Vancouver after finishing a year at Florida State University. Currently, Athena is taking prerequisites for naturopathic medical school as well as working towards her BFA in dance at Simon Fraser University. She hopes to someday become a permanent resident of Canada and continue to be a working artist in her field.
Dancing on the Edge presented my work, “Open Fire” in the Firehall Arts Centre as part of the 28th edition of the festival. This contemporary dance work based on the short story by Carmen Aguirre is accompanied by live reading of the story by the author, original score by Canadian composer Sky Shaver, and cast that includes myself along with Bolivian dancer, Alejandra Miranda, and Columbian actor, Sindy Angel. The short work was created through a co-production commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the Dance Centre in the interdisciplinary program, “Beyond Words” and premiered in May 2016. I remember the electricity in the air as Carmen’s words were amplified through the sound system and the chills I felt as each scene fell away and the invocation of the main character’s spirit began to fill the theatre. Strong emotions are elicited through the re-telling of the hard truths woven throughout the story. Both myself and Sindy recall feeling the presence of the main character as we waited back stage for our entrances. I am grateful for providing space for this story to be told in the context of the dance festival.
Photo by Yvonne Chew
Press for Open Fire – DOTE 2016
Review by Elliot Cheung for Ubyssey Online
In “Open Fire,” biography, poetry, dance and other multimedia were interwoven in a unique expression of a dark period in Argentinian history. Local playwright Carmen Aguirre’s narration of the story — in which a woman returns to the place of her mother’s murder forty years — received a physical treatment from the dancers, including choreographer Olivia C. Davies. While watching, one was given room to judge for themselves whether the dancers were following the dictation of the words, or if their physical theatre had become the instigator of the story.
The movement was deep and impressionistic, working with stagecraft to create memorable tableaux, involving both the visual and the aural. Such moments will allow the audience to re-live the emotive gravity brought on by both the subject and the performers’ deeply-felt interpretations.