Dancing on the Edge


Dancing on the Edge is hiring a General Manager!

Dancing on the Edge Festival Society

General Manager Position

Reporting to the Dancing on the Edge Festival’s Producer and the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for the administration of the Festival including financial planning, marketing and development and human resources management.

Financial Planning and Control

  1. Ensures financial controls are in place and comply with those endorsed by the auditor.
  2. Develops the annual business plan containing the operating budget in collaboration with the Festival Producer
  3. Prepares financial statements and projections, and reports information to the board of directors and oversees yearly financial review engagement
  4. Researches, develops and prepares grant applications and reports for government agencies and foundations in conjunction with the Festival Producer
  5. Manages accounts payable/receivables, supervises payroll and prepares monthly cash flow projections

Marketing and Development

  1. Liases with contract marketing, communications and publicity personnel and participates actively and in audience development and marketing/publicity planning for the Society and for the festival as a whole
  2. Undertakes development planning and initiates individual donor, foundation and corporate appeals

Human Resource Management

  1. Coordinates and administers contracts for production, artists, publicity and operations staff in
  2. Ensures familiarity with labor standards and other legislation affecting employees and that the Society is operating under the terms of agreements with various unions/associations


  1. Attends board meetings and board committee meetings where appropriate
  2. Works with the board on fund development and fund-raising initiatives
  3. Supports the board by providing information and documents as needed


  1. Acts as a liaison for the festival with funding bodies, arts service organizations, other arts and community organizations, bankers, etc.
  2. Keeps informed on current issues within the dance community and acts as an advocate on behalf of Dancing on the Edge and dance as a whole

This is a year-round position requiring on average 30 hours  per week depending on the time of year.  The position allows for flexible hours except for the six weeks leading up to and following the festival.   It, also, allows for a partial work at home option. 

Remuneration:  $45000-$55000 dependent on experience. 

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Contact Name: Donna Spencer
Contact email: info@dancingontheedge.org
Contact phone: (604) 689-0926

Deadline: April 30th, 2021


As we close our 32nd annual Dancing on the Edge Festival (and our first to digitally stream our programs!) we would like to extend our thanks to all of our talented choreographers, dancers, creatives, and crew. We also show our gratitude for our festival staff, Firehall Arts Centre staff, our funding bodies and donors.

In 2020, Dancing on the Edge Festival is proud to have presented THREE LIVE WORKS in the Firehall Arts Centre theatre and courtyard stage (two of which were streamed on YouTube)! These performances were socially-distanced with coronavirus precautions in place. We hosted SIX EDGE PROGRAMS with a mix of world premieres, dance documentaries, short films, and work-in-progress film showings, streamed for the first time throughout the world! We also partnered with F-O-R-M (Festival of Recorded Movement) and the response. to present F-O-R-M on the Edge and Dance Cafe on Instagram Live!

Details on our COVID COMMISSIONS applications are coming soon! Sign-up to our eNews to be the first in the know!

If you enjoyed any of our programs this year and would like to support us in bringing world class contemporary dance to our local community in Vancouver and throughout the globe, please consider making a donation to the festival! You can donate to the festival here.

And finally, to show our absolute appreciation for everyone who participated in this year’s festival, please enjoy a snapshot from our #DOTE Opening Night (held for the first time on Zoom!), hosted by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and featuring some of this year’s choreographers, dancers, festival board, staff and supporters. This year the “party” engaged in a group dance to physicalise the feelings of 2020 and to utilise dance as a vehicle for community! Enjoy!

DOTE 2020 Review from The Georgia Straight

“The fest was well situated for the shift to #digital (though that in no way should diminish the huge effort that went into rebuilding its plans). Its #contemporary #artists are used to experimentation, its shows usually taking an intimate scale that lends itself to the kind of short films that featured here.

Overall, the fest danced its way smoothly to a digital platform, suggesting that #streamed work may find a lasting place at the Edge–long past the pandemic and beyond the overriding theme of solitude.” – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

Read the full review here.

20 Questions with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg | Vancouver Presents

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg chats with Vancouver Presents about creating work during a pandemic.

“Being crazy busy and “productive” doesn’t equal being useful and alive. I think we’ve all been running as fast as we can to get by, be relevant/important/worthy. We’ve (I’m talking about the other artist-parents I know but it goes further than that-its cultural) been running on empty. I don’t want to return to that pace. We miss a lot of life at that pace. And also comedy is an essential service.” – Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

You can catch the full interview here:

20 questions (pandemic edition) with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg


JULY 3 @ 9PM

JULY 9 @ 7PM

Kâ- Nîmihitot Atayohkan | resonance  |  Jeanette Kotowich

Kwan Yin  |  Ziyian Kwan/Lihuen Kwan | Dumb Instrument Dance

Stuck | Emotional Houdini  |  Tara Cheyenne/Allison Beda | Tara Cheyenne Performance/A Muse Productions

Streaming via Youtube



Olivia C. Davies speaks with CBC Radio-Canada ICI Première’s Boulevard du Pacifique about Wishing Well

For our #French-speaking #audience, #choreographer and #director Olivia C. Davies speaks with

CBC Radio-Canada ICI Première’s Boulevard du Pacifique about Wishing Well, #ceremony, and the development of this piece from her work: Gidaashi: The Wind that Takes Us. Listen to Olivia’s full interview here.


JULY 8 @ 9PM (LIVE at the Firehall Arts Centre)

JULY 10 @ 9PM (LIVE at the Firehall Arts Centre & STREAMING LIVE via #Youtube)


BOOK NOW AS TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST: http://www.dancingontheedge.org/program/wishing-well/


Live tickets: $15

Streaming registration: by #donation (plus $5 registration fee)

DOTE 2020 Youtube Stream Technical Difficulties

Thank you for supporting our Dancing on the Edge Festival 2020 as we move forward in a new direction. This is the first year that we have presented #dance through digital streaming on #Youtube. Over the weekend, we experienced a couple of technical glitches with our setup and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We believe everyone has now received link to their registered performances and have fixed the technical issues which should operate more efficiently moving forward.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your Youtube stream:

Please contact the Firehall Arts Centre: firehall@firehallartscentre.ca.

If it is outside of office hours or you are close to the start-time of the stream, please private message (PM) us on our DOTE Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

We apologise of any inconvenience.

20 Questions with Idan Cohen | Vancouver Presents

TRIONFI AMORE (The triumph of love)

Idan Cohen | Ne. Sans Opera and Dance


Socially-distanced LIVE #performances at the Firehall Arts Centre – Courtyard. Tickets: $15.
Inspired by the opera ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’, Trionfi Amore is part of Cohen’s ongoing research on the theme of Orpheus. It is a piece that speaks of #love; of the power of #music to move, entertain, and touch us; of the power of manipulation; of the purest essence of love transformed into the act of performance.
#Choreographer, #opera stage director and artistic director of Ne. Sans opera and dance, Idan Cohen chats with Vancouver Presents about creating #art during a #pandemic.

#DOTE2020 Trailer!

Check out our #DOTE2020 trailer on Youtube! Our Dancing on the Edge Festival runs from 2-11 July, 2020.

LIVE WORKS at the Firehall Arts Centre – Theatre and Courtyard plus ONLINE WORKS (EDGEs) and Dance Cafe!

Book tickets to our LIVE WORKS and register for our ONLINE works now: dancingontheedge.org.


Feat. works from: Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Idan Cohen (Ne. Sans Opera and Dance), Olivia C. Davies (O.Dela Arts), Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg (Tara Cheyenne Performance)/Allison Beda (A Muse Productions), Arash Khakpour/Rodrigo Rocha-Campos, Jeanette Kotowich, Thierry Verger/Marek Klajda, Carolina Bergonzoni (All Bodies Dance Project), David Cooper, Zab Maboungou (Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata), Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance)/Lihuen Kwan, & Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance).

Vancouver Presents: 20 questions (pandemic edition) with Ziyian Kwan

Check out 20 Questions with Ziyian Kwan for Vancouver Presents:

20 questions (pandemic edition) with Ziyian Kwan

Ziyian Kwan’s work Kwan Yin is part of EDGE TWO for Dancing on the Edge 2020. Register here.

DOTE2020 on the Jewish Independent!

“One could be forgiven for thinking there was a Jewish dance festival coming up, as there are so many community members participating in this year’s Dancing on the Edge, which takes place July 2-11.”Jewish Independent

Jewish Dance Artists Participating in Dancing on the Edge 2020:


EDGE ONE – Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance
EDGE ONE – Naomi Brand for Carolina Bergonzoni |All Bodies Dance Project
EDGE TWO – Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg | Tara Cheyenne Performance
EDGE FOUR – Ben Gorodetsky


Amber Funk Barton’s Dance Cafe (curated with Kaia Shukin) | the response.

Book Tickets to our LIVE WORKS and register for our ONLINE WORKS here: http://www.dancingontheedge.org/.

Dancing with purpose

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