Guelph Dance

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Guelph Dance
123 Woolwich Street, 2nd Floor
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 3V1 Canada
Phone: (01) 519-780-2220

Festival Description

Guelph Dance (formerly Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival) has been bringing cutting-edge dance to the city of Guelph since 1998. Steered by the co-artistic directors Catrina von Radecki and Janet Johnson, it has become one of only four Canadian festivals of dance (the other three are in major cities: Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto), and of these four, it is the smallest but arguably the most ambitious. Its aims are not only to bring dance to people and thereby to support the dance community, but also to educate people about this art form through workshops in schools and talkback sessions at main events.

Festival Dates May 30 - June 2, 2013
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Programmming 2013:
  • Friday, May 31, 8:00pm
    Jokers in the Deck (2011), Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Dallas
    • Joshua Peugh founded his company in Seoul, Korea and has since moved to Dallas, Texas. In Jokers in the Deck, he encourages us to question fate and whether mankind controls it or not.
  • Friday, May 31
    New Animal (2012), 605 Collective, Vancouver; a co-production with Animals of Distinction
    • Dana Gingras has created a ferocious work challenging dancers to walk a tightrope between fleeting moments of control and radical shifts in dynamic. New Animal is a raw, unbridled effort to reclaim the animal body against imminent disorder.
  • Saturday, June 1, 8:00pm Là-bas, le lointain (2012), Alan Lake, Quebec City
    • Alan Lake brings us a work in three acts: a tableau vivant, a film, and a performance. Là-bas, le lointain features a coming together and a falling apart, a cascade of embraces lost and found.
  • Saturday, June 1
    Junkyard/Paradise (2010), Mayday, Montreal
    • Mélanie Demers evokes a world where nothing is exactly what it seems. Junkyard/Paradise sways between opposing forces: child’s play becomes a power game, the innocuous becomes fatal, and imminent death turns out to be a ticket for life.
  • Thursday May 30, 7:00pm; Saturday June 1, Noon; Sunday June 2, Noon Audible (2009), 605 Collective, Vancouver
    Venue: Exhibition Park
    • The 605 Collective unleashes four rambunctious performers looking for a kinetic physical release from today’s over-connected world.
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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Photo by Marie Julie Asselin
    • Michelle Silagy & Jennifer Dick, photo by Walter Lai
    • Sinha Danse, photo by Tony Chong
    • Photo by Esmeralda Enrique


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