Contemporary dance for all at Dancing on the Edge

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Dancing on the Edge Festival | Firehall Arts Centre, SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, and site specific locations | July 4 – 13, 2019

Over 10 days, the Dancing on the Edge Festival (DOTE) presents an eclectic mix of local, national, and international choreographers along with many free and site-specific works. Dance fans on a budget can take in free shows in the Firehall Arts Centre courtyard, including Danse Carpe Diem from Montreal. Another opportunity to see them for free is at the Granville Island public market courtyard where they will present Ecoute pour voir, which is composed of simultaneous solos throughout the space. The dancers and spectators both wear headphones to hear specific music associated with one solo and they share in the experience of a piece of choreography.

At a warehouse on Georgia Street, former Ballet BC dancer Rachel Meyer presents Transverse Orientation, a piece described as being in between two allegories taken from the moth: metamorphosis and a mysterious source of distant guidance (light source that guides them).

Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works from Winnipeg also presents a full-length work, Schemas, 1-5, and local artist Helen Walkley presents her full-length memoir, John danced by Josh Martin and Billy Marchenski.

Dab Dance Project of South Korea returns to the festival, this time with First Abundance Society focusing “on the fact that preparing for the future doesn’t guarantee a better quality of life.” As the program notes say, “as the boundaries between true and imagined paradise begin to blur, the realities of life and the accompanying work, fears and hopes begin to muddle utopia.”

In Edge Three, Brazil’s Experimentus Dance Company presents Dispositivo Móvel “about the disconnect between imposing government standards and reality in Brazilian cities, referring to the power relationships put forward by Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben.”

And there are many Canadian artists from at home and across the country presenting their original works, including Calgary’s Linnea Swan who brings a tounge-in-cheek response to Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto in Edge One; and Ballet BC dancer Kirsten Wicklund explores her choreographic voice in Afloat amidst the steam of my combustion in Edge Six.

With over 30 performances and over 20 choreographers, there are too many anticipated works to name them all but dance fans will surely find something to suit them with such a variety contemporary dance from experimental and works-in-progress to polished and virtuosic. That’s the beauty of the Edge.  

Full performance schedule. 


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