Meredith Kalaman, Arash-Khakpour; photo by Curtis Stodgell

Dancing on the Edge, Canada’s longest running dance festival, brings together the country’s brightest dance talents, with over 70 dance artists performing in 30 works over 10 days of exhilarating live performance around downtown Vancouver.
Featuring nine world premieres and four BC or Canadian premieres, the festival continues to bring fresh, experimental new work to Vancouver audiences while providing significant cross pollination between local emerging performers and internationally renowned dance artists.

This year’s Edge salutes senior choreographers such as Deborah Hay, Christopher House, Tedd Robinson, Jennifer Mascall and Karen Jamieson (whose company is celebrating its 30th anniversary), while providing opportunities for passionate younger artists Arash Khakpour, Vanessa Goodman, Lara Kramer, Deanna Peters, and Olivia C. Davies. New commissions for 2014 include works by Meghan Goodman, Karissa Barry, and Yvonne Chartrand.
Outdoor and Site-Specific Work
The festival continues to push artistic boundaries with site-specific works such as Justine Chamber’s immersive dining experience Family Dinner and battery opera’s interactive installation, Dance Machine (beta version). Popular outdoor works at Portside Park will return for Dusk Dances’ 20th anniversary (Host Tara Cheyenne Friendenberg, works by Denise Fujiwara, Julia Aplin, Meghan Goodman, and Yvonne Chartrand). Other outdoor venues include the SFU Woodward’s Atrium and the Firehall Courtyard.

EDGE 1: Sarah Chase/Andrea Nann | Paulo Lima, Experimentus | Michelle Olson, Raven Spirit Dance
EDGE 2: Ziyian Kwan, dumb instrument Dance | Starr Muranko, Starrwind Dance Projects
EDGE 3: Caroline Liffmann, Light Box | Meredith Kalaman | Arash Khakpour
NEW! EDGE-UP: Nicole Dupuis, Olivia C. Davies, Deanna Peters, Thoenn Glover

Ottawa Dance Directive
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Full-Length Shows
solo | soul – Karen Jamieson Dance
NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) – Lara Kramer Danse
Four Intimate Pieces – Edmond Kilpatrick
The Three Cornered Hat – MascallDance
The Body In Question – Christopher House/Deborah Hay
Fracture, Trembelherd Bells, sho me wut u gut – Ottawa Dance Directive (Yvonne Coutts/Tedd Robinson/Noam Gagnon)
what belongs to you – Vanessa Goodman 

Dancing on the Edge: Festival of Contemporary Dance

Dates: July 3 to 12
Venues: Firehall Arts Centre, Chapel Arts, SFU Woodward’s Atrium, Portside Park, and Hopbopshop
Tickets: $28/26/24 (regular/student, senior/member); available online or phoning 604.689.0926
Passes: Four-show pass, $85; six-show pass, $120

Visit Dancing on the Edge online for more information.

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