Various Artists

Dancing on the Edge Festival 2015

Festival | Festival
  • Michelle Doucette

Vancouver BC
July 2-11 juillet 2015

Presented by | Diffusé par: Dancing on the Edge Festival
Member of the CanDance Network | Membre du reseau CanDanse
Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova St.

Vancouver, BC – The 27th Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival pushes frontiers of contemporary dance, featuring 32 innovative new works by over 70 dance artists. From July 2 – 11 2015, Vancouver will host a convergence of Canada’s best dance artists and choreographers as part of the 10-day live performance festival.

The 2015 Dancing on the Edge celebrates dance pioneers and risk-takers. Canadian dance legend Paul-André Fortier brings two BC premieres to the festival – the comically sublime Misfit Blues (featuring Fortier and Robin Poitras) and the site specific solo 15X AT NIGHT. Vancouver artist and Japanese Dance expert Colleen Lanki premieres her magical Weaver Woman, a multimedia dance-theatre piece based on a feminist Korean short story. New commissions this year include Justine A. Chambers’ choreographic distillation of Edge 2014 hit Family Dinner, Ziyian Kwan and Peggy Lee’s choreography and score inspired by PW Bridgman’s The Mars Hotel, and site-specific works for Dusk Dances by Karissa Barry and MascallDance.

“The festival celebrates dance in all its forms and highlights artists who are constantly challenging their movement and creativity. We want to encourage audiences to look at dance from a different angle and venture to the edge with us,” says Festival Director Donna Spencer.

For its 27th year, the Edge features no less than six mixed programs of short works that showcase a kaleidoscope of innovation in movement – Tentacle Tribe’s (Montreal) conceptual hip-hop; Karen Jamieson and Nathaniel Justiano’s Bouffon/contemporary dance face-off; Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s up-close and comic immersive dance-theatre collaboration; emerging Vancouver company Hong Kong Exile’s sensory-driven theatrical dance; Serge Bennathan’s intimate poetic new work-in-progress; Shay Kuebler’s raw, physically intense critique of bodybuilding and much more.


The festival continues the tradition of placing dance in unusual settings with by donation site-specific works such as Fortier-Danse Creation’s solo outdoor installation 15X AT NIGHT, Jeanette Kotowich’s toe-tapping Metis jig solo, OURO Collective’s street-dance inspired M.Session, Wen Wei Community Dancers’ martial arts meets ballet mashup and the ever-popular moveable feast of dance, Dusk Dances at Portside Park, featuring works by Vancouver’s Karissa Barry and MascallDance alongside Toronto’s Lua Shayenne and Santee Smith.



EDGE 1 – Justine A. Chambers | Vanessa Goodman | Karissa Barry | Constance Cooke

EDGE 2 – Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Co.ERASGA | Les Productions Figlio, Serge Bennathan |  Meredith Kalaman

EDGE 3 – Karen Jamieson and Nathaniel Justiano, Karen Jamieson Dance | Jay Hirabayashi

EDGE 4 - Ziyian Kwan, dumb instrument Dance | Sara Coffin, Mocean Dance

EDGE 5 – Emmanuelle Le Phan & Elon Hoglund, Tentacle Tribe | Shay Kuebler, Radical System Art

EDGE 6 – Deanna Peters | Tara Cheyenne Performance

EDGE-UP – Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Hong Kong Exile | Naomi Brand | Thoenn Glover | Michael Kong



Misfit Blues – Fortier Danse-Création

Weaver Woman – Colleen Lanki



A Good Madness – a documentary about dance founder and EDGE performer Rachel Browne.


Full program and show info at DANCINGONTHEEDGE.ORG



Dancing on the Edge - Festival of Contemporary Dance
July 2 – 11, 2015

Tickets & Passes on sale now: dancingontheedge.org | 604-689-0926

Tickets: $28/26/24 (regular/student, senior/member)

Passes: 4 show passes ($85) | 6 Show Passes ($120)

VENUES: Firehall Arts Centre, Portside Park, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Wreck Beach 



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