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20th Annual Guelph Dance Festival line up announced

Festival showcases 21 companies, eight performances, four workshops, one festival dance party and a panel discussion on the next 20 years of dance
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File photo of the Guelph Dance Festival. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Guelph Dance is pleased to announce the full program for our 20th Anniversary Festival, taking place June 1-3, 2018 at the River Run Centre, Exhibition Park and Guelph Youth Dance Studios.

This year the Guelph Dance Festival showcases 21 companies, eight performances, four workshops, one festival dance party and a panel discussion on the next 20 years of dance. There are countless opportunities for everyone to move, watch, talk, connect and celebrate. Join us as we all celebrate 20 years of dance in our community!

The popular In the Park series will feature dance artists from Toronto and Montreal, including Cinetic Creations' (Toronto) world premier of CAKE!, a woman's seemingly impossible quest to bake a cake.

Red Sky Performance's (Toronto) MIIGIS explores the catalysts, trade routes and stories of a journey from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes. BoucharDanse's (Toronto) La gigue en souvenir makes the past come alive through a journey inspired by the energy, the complexity and the vigour of the traditional dance from Québec and Gadly's (Montreal) KLOROFYL portrays their signature movement rooted in Urban and Contemporary physicality.

Park performances are Friday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 at 12 p.m. at Exhibition Park.

On the Stage A, Friday, June 1, 8:30 p.m., at the River Run Centre features Susie Burpee / Robyn Thomson Kacki (Toronto) with Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears an “elegiac ‘Godot-esque’ world in which dancers ... appear as co-conspirators” (Holly Harris, Dance International).

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (Toronto) brings us SEEDS.whisper a fierce and powerful blend of classical ballet and hip hop and Lina Cruz/Fila 13 Productions (Montreal) presents Tempo al Dente  where two adventurous characters depart on a grand voyage with their perfectly domesticated pet clock.

On the Stage B, Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m., at the River Run Centre, showcases Kaeja d’Dance (Toronto) with Crave a poignant, romantic, whimsical and chaotic duet that mines intimacy while navigating loneliness.

In A Meditation on the End by Jo-Lee, Pamela Tzeng (Calgary) portrays how with death in arms, then at her feet, Jo-Lee muses on what has given her unconventionally conventional life meaning. Mix Mix Dance Collective (Toronto) bring us Follow Me where the group performs with live music by DJ Classic Roots, who brings the sexy heartbeat of the boreal north to life with his unique brand of Electronica and pow wow techno.

In the Studio, Saturday, June 2 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at Guelph Youth Dance Studios will present the works in progress by Julia Garlisi, Amber Sherwood-Robinson, Solana Del Bel Belluz and Robert Kingsbury, artists currently working with choreographer Sharon B. Moore (Toronto) under Guelph Dance's first-ever Breaking Ground Mentorship Program.

Festival favourite, Youth Moves, features seven youth dance companies in a professionally-produced performance at the River Run Centre, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.

Educational opportunities include two master-classes with Suzette Sherman, one Contemporary Indigenous Dance Workshop with Red Sky Performance and one Indigenous Social Dance Workshop with Mix Mix Dance Collective, as well as the popular Dance Market on Saturday after the Park performance.

Tickets for all events and workshops as now on sale at the River Run Centre, online, by phone at 519-763-3000 or 1-877-520-2408 and in person at 35 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON, N1H 3V1.

About Guelph Dance

Established in 1998, Guelph Dance—formerly the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival—is a nationally recognized leader in contemporary dance, offering a platform for professional, new-generation, and youth dance artists to share their vision, push creative boundaries, and engage community audiences.

Guelph Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of its funders: the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Guelph.