William Yong’s Zata Omm makes moves at Dusk Dances.
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For dance lovers, the province-wide Dusk Dances Festival is a breath of fresh air - literally. Travelling from Ottawa and Peterborough to Haliburton, the varied showcase always delights with its eclectic repertoire, all performed in some gorgeous parks.
The fest comes to Withrow Park with a terrific lineup that includes William Yong's Zata Omm Dance Projects, Yvonne Ng's tiger princess dance projects (with Julia Aplin), Bageshree Vaze, Lua Shayenne & Co. and Vancouver's 605 Collective.
It all happens July 31 to August 5. Let's hope Mother Nature plays along. And if you happen to be on vacation somewhere in Ontario, check out the full schedule at duskdances.ca.
This is the first year for Porch View Dances, an exciting project envisioned by Karen Kaeja, who directs along with Allen Kaeja of Kaeja d'Dance. It involves 11 commissions from established and mid-career choreographers from a variety of backgrounds and dance styles. Some neighbourhood residents and at-risk youth help perform the work in and around their own homes, leading to a climactic piece called Flock Landing, which takes place in a nearby park.
Two neighbourhoods get in on the action: Seaton Village (July 19 to 22), and Jane/Finch (August 25). kaeja.org.
A huge hit last summer, Harbourfront's Dancing On The Pier series returns every Thursday for dance lovers looking to do their thang on the boardwalk to a raucous house band, learn international dance trends via experienced choreographers and meet new people. It happens from June 28 to August 30.
If you'd rather sit back and watch more experienced movers and shakers, check out the international array at Harbourfront's Expressions Of Brazil (July 6 to 8), the Hot & Spicy Food Fest (July 20 to 22) and Planet IndigenUS (August 10 to 19).
With their inspiring architecture and natural light, museums make terrific venues for site-specific shows. Brandy Leary's Divergent Dances For Windows And Walls takes place in and around the Bata Shoe Museum - get the symbolism? There will be some audience interaction in the choreographic installation, but rest assured only the dancers, who include Louis Laberge-Côté, Lucy Rupert and Leary herself, will be performing on the roof and walls. July 24 to 28. anandam.ca.
Dance lovers shouldn't miss Tel Aviv's world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company, which presents its acclaimed Sadeh21 June 14 to 16 as part of Luminato. See story, page 22.