Dancing on the Edge Festival

Comments 13 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Dancing on the Edge Festival is Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance and is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the Lower Mainland’s Dance Season. This year’s DOTE presents extraordinary dance productions from Canada, Brazil and Korea and takes place from July 4 -13, 2019 at various venues in Vancouver, including DOTE’s home venue, the Firehall Arts Centre.

Dancing on the Edge Festival

Dancing on the Edge

This year’s performances offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work featuring World Premieres, North American and Western Canadian debuts, and works-in-progress from some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers.

Festival Founder and Producer Donna Spencer is excited to announce that this year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than 20 innovative choreographers and companies. Artists from across Canada, and around the globe will dance on stages and in the streets during the ten-day festival, in full length and mixed bill programs, as well as site-specific works. 

This year’s lineup includes:

Vancouver’s Ziyian Kwan Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
Tara Cheyenne Performance Dab Dance Project (Korea)
Rachel Meyer Danse Carpe Diem (Montreal)
MascallDance Linnea Swan (Calgary)
Kirsten Wicklund Pamela Tzang (Calgary)
Alejandra Miranda Caballero Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov
Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien Soleful Dance/Alexandra Clancy
Meredith Kalaman Shelley Cox and Raven Spirit Dance
Helen Walkley Nasim Lootij/Vâtchik Danse (Montreal)
WAREHAUS dance collective Paulo Lima/Experimentus Cia. De Danca-Ceara (Brazil)
Sujit Vaidya Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg)
Tomoyo Yamada

Win Tickets

Rachel Meyer, Transverse Orientation. Photo James O’Mara
Rachel Meyer, Transverse Orientation.
Photo James O’Mara

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Rachel Meyer’s Transverse Orientation on July 4th at Warehouse Space 1490 E Georgia St (Corner of E Georgia and McLean Dr). Dancers include: Stéphanie Cyr, Eowynn Enquist, Livona Ellis, Josh Martin, Rachel Meyer, along with Janna Sailor (on violin).

Transverse Orientation unfolds in the space between two allegories taken from the Moth. On the one hand the idea of radical transformation: Moths undergo metamorphosis, becoming beings that don’t remotely resemble their previous incarnation.  On the other hand, the idea of a mysterious source of distant guidance (or distraction); In travel, Moths find their orientation by keeping a fixed angle on a distant source of light.

Here’s how you can enter to win tickets:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Follow Dancing on the Edge on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more festival info.

UPDATE The winner is Jenna!

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13 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. PeterTuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 7:53pm PDT


  2. MatthewTuesday, June 4th, 2019 — 11:07pm PDT

    Looking forward to this festival!

  3. Shelley ButcherWednesday, June 5th, 2019 — 5:33am PDT

    I would love to take my daughter to this!

  4. Jenna MazurWednesday, June 5th, 2019 — 7:42pm PDT

    Would love to see this!

  5. Jason BThursday, June 6th, 2019 — 1:34pm PDT

    Would be great to see.

  6. EllenThursday, June 6th, 2019 — 2:38pm PDT

    Grateful for this opportunity to Dance within feet or at the feet of the dancers
    Rachel is the star in Vancouver at this time . Excited to see this new transverse ,

  7. BehzadThursday, June 6th, 2019 — 10:00pm PDT


  8. JJFriday, June 7th, 2019 — 8:40am PDT

    Thanks for the entry to the edge… of inspiration

  9. AlanFriday, June 7th, 2019 — 8:45pm PDT


  10. Sunshine HFriday, June 7th, 2019 — 11:03pm PDT

    I would love to take my daughter to this, thank you for the chance.

  11. CarlySunday, June 9th, 2019 — 11:37pm PDT

    I am so excited for this performance!

  12. Sarah KeslerFriday, June 14th, 2019 — 3:23pm PDT

    looks amazing

  13. AlizaMonday, July 1st, 2019 — 11:14pm PDT


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