Dancing on the Edge celebrates 30 years of contemporary dance in Vancouver

Vancouver choreographer Meredith Kalaman presents Doppelganger, a duet providing a window into what it’s like to meet your younger/older self, at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival. Curtis Stodgel photo.

This year’s Dancing on the Edge showcases over 30 performances. From July 5-14, more than 30 choreographers, and dozens of artists from across Canada, from Belgium and South Korea, will dance on Vancouver stages and in the streets. Programs are full-length and mixed-bill, and some are site-specific works.

This is the 30th annual edition of the festival. See below for more info on some of the performers coming to the event.

Paul-André Fortier/Fortier Danse-Création—Montreal choreographer Fortier performs his final solo creation. It features a soundtrack “marked by traces of Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix.” Montreal actor Étienne Pilon interprets an original script by Canadian playwright Étienne Lepage.

Dab Dance Project (South Korea)—The company makes its first appearance at DOTE with an excerpt from its show Bomberman. According to dancingontheedge.org, Bomberman “imagines human forces versus natural forces using darkly comic physical theatre. This work questions why extinction and destruction are always accompanied in the place where human beings pass.”

Dab Dance.

Lara Kramer/Lara Kramer Danse (Montreal)—Kramer’s Windigo is described as “a Nordic epic with a post-apocalyptic stroll… WINDIGO exorcises the demons and the waves of violence perpetrated against the Indigenous people.” A Western Canadian premiere.

Lara Kramer’s Windigo.

Wem Wei Wang/Wen Wei Dance (Vancouver)—In this excerpt from a work-in-progress, choreographer Wen Wei Wang draws on the influence of his mother on his art. An all-female cast “explores themes of identity, gender, representation, recognition, power, endurance and struggle.”

Wein Wei Dance photo by Mark Klotz1276

Noam Gagnon/Vision Impure (Vancouver)—Pathways is a collaborative contemporary work that draws on previous solos created by Vision Impure Artistic Director Noam Gagnon.

Noam Gagnon cred Erik Zennstöm

Other BC choreographers include Company 605, Lesley Telford/Inverso Productions, Co.ERASGA, MascallDance, Amber Funk Barton’s the response., Kinesis Dance somatheatro, O.Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies, Yves Candau/Rob Kitsos/Martin Gotfrit, Hilary Maxwell, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Alexandra Eliiott Dance, Crimson Coast Dance, All Bodies Dance Project, Jennifer Aoki, Holly Bright, and more.

Outdoor site-specific work include Gail Lotenberg of LINK Dance Foundation’s Crosswalk Hustle. It’s a new installation in The Intersections Series in which pedestrians and vehicle traffic meet in a choreographed routine (performances at Davie & Bute and Commercial Drive & 1st Ave).

For more info visit dancingontheedge.org

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