Viva Dance Company

ViVa Dance Company Promo

Fringe festival season in Winnipeg is just around the corner and that means the chance to see innovative performance works by artists from around the globe. From improv comedy routines and modern cabarets to reworked Shakespeare and brilliant works of young theatre, festival-goers have a chance to see and experience it all. For fledging dance companies, presenting at fringe festivals can be an ideal vehicle for getting their work seen. With access to downtown venues and professional tech teams, the instant festival hype, media coverage and eager and open audiences, fringe festivals are a great opportunity for self-presenting.

Young, Edmonton-based Viva Dance Company, led by founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Lilley, will be hopping on the festival train this summer. Their show Dreamscape: Our Dreams Told Through Dance will be performed at festivals from Orlando, Fla. – where it was presented with the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Dance Show – to Winnipeg. The Dreamscape promo clip, performed to a remix of Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars,” is a delicious sample of the accessible and athletic show that will grace fringe stages.

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival, running from July 15-26, is jam-packed with must-see dance works. Apart from Viva Dance Company’s Dreamscape, there will be the hypnotic spoken word work For Body and Light Presents: Coming and Going by Montréal’s Wired on Words Productions. There’s also a big local presence with At Your Own Risk by Fringe veteran Alexandra Elliott Dance, the rigorous Essentia by Hacault and Crist Productions, a passionate flamenco work, Lorca, by Bolero Dance Theatre and Pdance’s Text Me, a contemporary ballet by artists of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Aspirant Program.

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