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The 32nd Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival moves in a new direction!

 

Festival Producer Donna Spencer recently announced “We are very disappointed that Dancing on the Edge Festival 2020 which was scheduled from July 2-11 will not be moving forward as originally planned. The festival would 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 with live streamed performances, premieres of dance films, dance discussions, four outdoor live performances in the Firehall Arts Centre’s Courtyard and one dynamic theatre performance at the Firehall Arts Centre Theatre (all live performances for very limited audiences with safety precautions in place). Dancing on the Edge has run uninterrupted for thirty-one years and we did not want to stop that momentum so we are hoping everyone will enjoy this one time only (we hope) re-imagined version of the festival. We, also, wanted to ensure our community of dance artists continued to be supported during this difficult time.”

 

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DOTE2020 Schedule Announcement on June 25!

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

July 2 – 11, 2020

Schedule announcement on June 25!

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 would 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 with live-streamed performancespremieres of dance films, dance discussions, four outdoor live performances in the Firehall’s Courtyard (for very limited audiences with safety precautions in place) and one dynamic theatre performance (Firehall Arts Centre Theatre). Dancing on the Edge has run uninterrupted for thirty-one years and we did not want to stop that momentum so we are hoping everyone will enjoy this one time only (we hope) re-imagined version of the festival.   We, also, wanted to ensure our community of dance artists continued to be supported during this difficult time. ”

Featured Companies/Choreographers (more to be announced!)

Action at a Distance / Vanessa Goodman (Vancouver)

All Bodies Dance / Carolina Bergonzoni & Naomi Brand (Vancouver)

Arash Khakpour (choreographer, performer, creator) / Rodrigo Rocha-Campos (producer, writer, creator) – (Vancouver)

Ben Geretsky

Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata / Zab Maboungou (Montreal) – 2020 Governor General Performing Arts Award-Winning Choreographer

Company 605 / Josh Martin & Lisa Gelley

David Cooper – filmmaker (Vancouver)

dumb instrument Dance / Ziyian Kwan (Vancouver)

Modal Performance / Marek Klajda (Warsaw/Paris)

Ne.Sans opera and dance / Idan Cohen (from Israel/Vancouver) – Live Firehall Courtyard Performance (July 7 & 9 @ 9pm)

Jeanette Kotowich (Vancouver)

O.Dela Arts / Olivia C. Davies (Vancouver) –Live Firehall Courtyard Steamed Performance (July 8 & 10 @ 9pm)

Rachel Meyer (Vancouver)

Radical System Art / Shay Kuebler (Vancouver) – Live Firehall Theatre Performance (July 10) and Live Streamed performance (July 11 @ 7pm)

Raven Spirit Dance / Michelle Olson (Vancouver)

Tara Cheyenne Performance / Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg (Vancouver)

the response. (Dance Café) / Amber Funk Barton– curator – featuring 8 dance artists for an Instagram online performance (Vancouver)

 

COVID Commissions

Spencer also said, “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.”

#DOTE2020

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!

RADIO CANADA CHATS TO NASIM LOOTIJ & ISABELLE KIROUAC

For our French-speaking audiences:

Radio Canda chats with Isabelle Kirouac who is performing in Habitats as part of the Courtyard Works at the Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019!

Radio Canada chats with Nasim Lootij of Moi-Men-Man playing as part of EDGE TWO at the Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019 (scroll down to 8 h 43).

DOTE 2019 SILENT AUCTION

The Dancing on the Edge Board of Directors are organizing a silent auction in support of the festival to help with it’s production, growth and future.

 

Items on offer include:

Cook Culture Cooking Classes + DanceHouse Tickets valued at $350

Dinner for two at Hawksworth Restaurant + see a show at Ballet BC valued at $300

Private Tap Lesson at Rhythm Room Private Lessons + Chan Centre Tickets valued at $275

Van Vogue Jam Sports Kiki Ball + Google Home Mini valued at $200

Tap Classes at Vancouver Tap Dance Society + Plush Floral Studio Gift Certificate valued at $125

 

 

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Ziyian Kwan Chats to Creators Vancouver

“The Odd Volume is part of Edge Six, a shared program at Dancing On The Edge that also features work by Kirsten Wicklund. We are womxn artists from across generations and our work has very different sensibilities. It’s a dynamic pairing and I’m curious about how our two solos will compliment and juxtapose.” – Ziyian Kwan.

Check out the latest interview with Ziyian Kwan on Creators Vancouver.

Ziyian is performing in #DOTE2019 as part of our EDGE SIX Program with Kirsten Wicklund.

Tickets on sale now!

Ziyian Kwan

 

Tara Friedenberg & Alexandra Clancy Chat #DOTE 2019 with the Jewish Independent!

“In the studio, I have been mining my own complicated and unhealthy relationship with my body as a #dancer in a #female body with the help of my amazing collaborators/performers. The process so far has involved exploring how the forms of stand-up #comedy and #dance can express this difficult, and often absurd, story of struggling with body image that many of us share.” – Tara Friedenberg.

EDGE FIVE

The Body Project | Tara Cheyenne Performance

“Throughout the rehearsal process, there would be a back and forth of ideas; sometimes I would have a rhythmical phrase of tap dance and Mike would then create a melody over top, and sometimes Mike would compose a phrase of the melody and I would choreograph specifically to that part of the tune. After some give and take between our prospective instruments and ideas, we solidified a melody and then decided upon the structure of the tune. Some of the tune is improvised, some is a conversation, and some is very set and predetermined. We both enjoyed the collaborative process and found a harmonious way to create music and dance together.” – Alexandra Clancy

COURTYARD WORKS

Where the Music Begins | Soleful Dance

The Jewish Independent chats with local Jewish Community Members Tara Friedenberg from Tara Cheyenne Performance and Alexandra Clancy from Soleful Dance about their work in Dancing on the Edge 2019!

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Exploring music, dance, self

Rachel Meyer talks to Creators Vancouver

Rachel Meyer’s production Transverse Orientation is part of Dancing on the Edge 2019! Tickets on Sale Now!

Rachel Meyer +

#DOTE2019 Trailer Out Now!

Our Dancing on the Edge 2019 Festival Trailer is out now! Featuring Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe (ECOUTE POUR VOIR), Kirsten Wicklund (EDGE SIX: Afloat amidst the steam of my combustion), Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Schemas, 1-5), Rachel Meyer (Transverse Orientation), Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov (COURTYARD WORKS: Habitats), Sujit Vaidya (EDGE FOUR: OFF CENTRE), Nasim Lootij & Kiasa Nazeran / Vâtchik Danse (EDGE TWO: Moi-Me-Man), Linnea Swan (EDGE ONE: Yes) and Ziyian Kwan (EDGE SIX: The Odd Volume)! See the work of these artists and many more at Dancing on the Edge 2019! Tickets on Sale Now!!

Trailer: Ildiko Susany

Music: Alistair Wallace

Kirsten Wicklund talks to Creators Vancouver

Kirsten Wicklund is part of our EDGE SIX Program. Tickets on sale now!

Kirsten Wicklund +

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