Dancing on the Edge | Festival of Contemporary Dance



Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019 is #1 on Vancouver Presents #FRIDAYFIVE! Check it out and Happy Friday!

Tickets on sale now! 

Win Tickets to the 31st Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival!

Win Tickets to Schemas, 1-5 with The Georgia Straight!

Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg): BC Premiere of Schemas 1-5.

July 6 at 7pm at the Firehall Arts Centre.

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COURTYARD WORK (Free Event): July 5 & 6 @ 8.15pm.
EDGE ONE: July 5 @ 7pm & July 6 @ 9pm.
EDGE FIVE: July 11 @ 9pm & July 13 @ 7pm
FULL LENGTH WORK: July 4 @ 10pm & July 5 & 6 @ 11pm
Warehouse Space: 1490 E Georgia St, Vancouver
EDGE FIVE: July 11 @ 9pm & July 13 @ 7pm
EDGE SIX: July 12 @ 7pm & July 13 @ 9pm
Edge Six: Ziyian Kwan & Kirsten Wicklund
Tickets on sale now! Find out more here

Wishart Brain & Spine Law: The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun Vancouver

Huge thanks to Wishart Brain & Spine Law for listing Dancing on the Edge 2019 as one of the Must-See Summertime Festival Events! You can find more on #DOTE2019 and other great things to do this summer here.

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#DOTE2019 Brochure Out Now!

Our DOTE 2019 Brochure is out now! Find out more about the performances and the choreographers and then grab your tickets today!


Win Tickets with Miss604.com!

Rachel Meyer | Transverse Orientation.

Miss604.com is giving away a pair of tickets to Rachel Meyer’s Transverse Orientation on July 4th at Warehouse Space 1490 E Georgia St (Corner of E Georgia and McLean Dr).

Dancers include: Stéphanie Cyr, Eowynn Enquist, Livona Ellis, Josh Martin, Rachel Meyer, along with Janna Sailor (on violin).

Transverse Orientation unfolds in the space between two allegories taken from the Moth. On the one hand, the idea of radical transformation: Moths undergo metamorphosis, becoming beings that don’t remotely resemble their previous incarnation.  On the other hand, the idea of a mysterious source of distant guidance (or distraction); In travel, Moths find their orientation by keeping a fixed angle on a distant source of light.


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Winners announced Tuesday 11 June at 12pm! Don’t miss out!!

Rachel Meyer, Transverse Orientation. Photo James O’Mara

Rachel Meyer, Transverse Orientation. Photo James O’Mara


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, 2019at 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 Lootij (Montreal), Stacey Horton (Victoria), Helen Walkley 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.

Ticketing Information

Dancing on the Edge Passes

Passes are the best way to truly experience the festival & save.

The EDGE 4 Pack – $85.00
(Four tickets, works out to just over $21/ticket)

The EDGE 6 Pack – $120.00
(Six tickets, works out to just $20/ticket)

SINGLE TICKETS available through the Firehall Arts Centre Box Office at 604.689.0926 or online at tickets.firehallartscentre.ca.

VENUES:  Firehall Arts Centre, SFU Woodward’s, along with site-specific work at locations to be determined.

General Tickets: $28

DOTE Member Tickets: $24

Student/Senior Tickets: $24

Student/Senior DOTE Member Tickets: $22

DOTE Membership: $10

More Information

For more information on the Dancing on the Edge Festival, visit dancingontheedge.org or call 604.689.0926.

Thank you for your 2019 submissions!

Thank you to all who have submitted their applications for our 2019 Festival.

Submissions for our 2019 Festival are no longer being accepted.

We look forward to reviewing all applications and we will be updating applicants early 2019.

Until then! xo


p.s. be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive our latest news and updates.

Tessa Perkins // Best of the Fest:: review

“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 InternationalDance Collection Danse MagazineThe Dance CurrentThe PeakPress+1,The Canadian Film ReviewThe SourceCitysoup.ca, and the Earthsaver Newsletter

and also writes about Vancouver’s arts + culture events on her blog Centre Stage  –  be sure to follow Centre Stage on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Read Tessa’s full review of Dancing on the Edge Festival 2018


Choreographer + Performer: Amber Barton Funk

Photography: Chris Barton


Thank you

To our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff.

Thank you.

Our 30th Festival was a success and we could not have done it without YOU!

We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your support. We are proud to be Canada’s longest running Contemporary Dance Festival.This festival belongs to us all and we endeavour to continue creating space to explore and push new boundaries of dance – a powerful form of artistic expression that engages and inspires us all.

We want to hear from you. If you have any questions or would like to give us feedback about the festival, please email us: info@dancingontheedge.org

Once again, thank you to all the organizers, artists, volunteers and audiences who have contributed to the success of Dancing on the Edge over the past three decades.

Until next time!
Dancing on the Edge Festival

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