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Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal

Location

King’s Theatre, 209 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS

Date(s)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Details

FESTIVAL OF DANCE ANNAPOLIS ROYAL's  FIFTH Festival Season is a roster that includes international and Canadian artists, an eclectic mix of dance, movement and spoken word, a critically acclaimed  Canadian Modern Dance Classic and a performance by a contemporary dance idol, celebrated across the world.

Home to the only summer contemporary dance festival in Nova Scotia, FODAR is ranked as one of the major contemporary dance festivals in the country. Over its five seasons, the Festival has steadily expanded its dance presentations as well as its audience and has put the historic town of Annapolis Royal on the Canadian dance map. The Festival opens at King’s Theatre on Tuesday, August 13 with Dance on Film and continues until August 17 with live stage presentations.

 “FODAR is committed to celebrating artists and choreographic trailblazers from Canada’s rich dance legacy as we continue to present new dance artists and visionaries who are expanding the boundaries of dance. ”FODAR Artistic Director Randy Glynn.

THE SHORT RUNDOWN

August 13 - Strictly Ballroom - 7:30pmBaz Luhrmann’s 1992 hilarious and partly mad film about the vicissitudes of competitive ballroom dancing. Winner - Cannes Film Festival (1992). Winner - TIFF (1992). Winner - BAFTA (1993). Winner - Edinburgh International Film Festival (2008).

August 14 /16 – Program 1:

MR. PINHEAD – Randy Glynn’s entertaining story of a young  dancer, his overbearing parents and his journey to ultimate redemption.

VARIOUS CONCERT – Toronto’s highly physical, intricate, and compelling dance company Throwdown Collective makes its first appearance in Atlantic Canada with this mesmerizing piece.

SKY DANCERS: BRIDGES – Drawing on traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance, this searing work brings the story of the 1907 Quebec Bridge Disaster to life.

 

August 15 /17 – Program 2:

SONDERLING - Lydia Zimmer’s dark and geometric performance inspired by an eighteenth century rhyme.

TAKING BREATH -  How does breathing affect movement, our thoughts? When does it become a form of communication? Naishi Wang’s riveting performance explores our relationship with a very precious resource.

UNMOORED – A story in spoken word and movement, chronicling 20 years in a marriage. “Peggy… knows how to play up against contemporary orthodoxy and turn it on its head. It’s why she is a great artist.” Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

Tickets for FESTIVAL OF DANCE ANNAPOLIS ROYAL running from August 13 to August 17 are on sale now at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal. Tickets for Simply Ballroom are $12. Available at the Door. Tickets for Programs 1 and 2 are: Regular: $25, Youth: $12.  Special Program 1 and 2 Package: $44. Tickets can be purchased online at kingstheatre.ca, by phone: 902-532-7704 or at the Theatre Box Office at 209 St. George Street. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL VISIT FODAR.CA

FODAR would like to recognize and thank its Public Funders: Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Gaming support4culture, the Town of Annapolis Royal.

 

THE LONG STORY

Tuesday, August 13 - 7:30pm

Dance on Film - Strictly Ballroom

The breakout film of 1992, Baz Luhrman’s debut film scooped up a bushel of awards at almost every major film festival. This offbeat story introduces audiences to the flashy world of competitive ballroom dance. A talented young dancer causes a scandal in the ballroom dance world by performing his own steps. The film has a light irreverent tone and Luhrmann pulls superb comedic performances from his largely unknown cast.

 

Wednesday, August 14 / Friday, August 16 - 8:00pm

PROGRAM 1

Various Concert – Throwdown Collective

Choreography: Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, Brodie Stevenson

Dancers: Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, Brodie Stevenson

A Company Debut for Atlantic Canada
A Piece Premiere for Atlantic Canada

Founded in 2008, THROWDOWN COLLECTIVE is a Toronto-based company that acts as a framework for the collaborative creation and production of new contemporary dance works. Various Concert premiered in Toronto at “Dance: made in canada/fait au Canada” in 2015. The work sculpts space and time in a constantly shifting dynamic of action and reaction. Throwdown is a multi-Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner and nominee and won the Dora 2015 “Outstanding Original Choreography” Award for Various Concert

 

Mr. Pinhead

Choreography: Randy Glynn

Dancers: Phil Roy, Georgia Skinner, Maria Osende, Randy Glynn

RANDY GLYNN has been a recognized figure in the world of Canadian Contemporary Dance for almost 40 years. Works among his critically acclaimed choreography include: Mr. Pinhead, After Godot and Dancing in the Third Act. A recipient of the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. He is also a multi Dora Award nominee. Randy is Artistic Director of FODAR and Halifax-based Live Art Dance Productions.

Mr. Pinhead features an all Nova Scotian cast. Built entirely on ballroom dance vocabulary, this highly entertaining story dance premiered in1995 and explores themes that continue to resonate today. “The work was initially inspired by a dream I had of a tall lone man with a small head walking in an empty city street, explains Randy.  “However, the work evolved and dealt more with Pinhead’s redemption than with his lonely dream situation.”

 

Sky Dancers: Bridges (Excerpt)

Choreography: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Original Music: Michael Diabo

Dancers: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Emily Kahente Diabo

BARBARA KANERATONNI DIABO is Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. Her choreography combines traditional and contemporary First Nation's dance. Barbara and Emily appeared at FODAR in 2017.

A haunting, visually stunning piece, Sky Dancers: Bridges explores the far-reaching impact of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907, a catastrophe that killed 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake. Barbara has created this piece as a universal story that touches on themes of disaster, families, community, resilience, and building bridges between people and generations.

 

Thursday, August 15 / Saturday, August 17 - 8:00pm

PROGRAM 2

unmoored

Choreography: Sarah Chase

Dancer: Peggy Baker

A Piece Premiere for Atlantic Canada

PEGGY BAKER has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance since 1973, performing internationally in the work of esteemed Canadian and American choreographers. In 1990 she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning widespread praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing. Since 2010 her own choreography has focused on works for small ensemble.

In 2016 Peggy and choreographer Sara Chase collaborated on a “dance story” piece that culminated in the critically acclaimed unmoored, a luminous work of text and motion yielding a performance of raw and searing emotion  that addresses  themes of love, disability,  caregiving  and death.

 

Sonderling

Created and performed by Lydia Zimmer

LYDIA ZIMMER grew up training at Halifax Dance. She received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory in 2011 and went on to study and train at Canada’s National Ballet School, Springboard Danse Montreal, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions and The Movement Invention Project. She has completed residencies in Skagastrond, Iceland, and in Sola, Bulgaria. She currently dances for Mocean Dance, and  creates and performs for Nostos Dance Collectives and Votive Dance. 

In Sonderling Lydia has created a geometric and dark work inspired by an Irish rhyme from the 1700s. Sonderling demonstrates an eccentric, fateful, and repetitive nature of movement linking these concepts together, driven by the mysterious and haunting The Man of Double Deed.

 

Taking Breath

Created and performed by Naishi Wang

Born in Changchun, China, NAISHI WANG began his dance training at Jilin College of Art and Beijing Dance Academy. In 2004, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre where he danced for 9 years. He now works as a freelance dancer with diverse artists and choreographers in Germany, Cambodia, China, Japan, and Canada. In 2018 venues showcasing Naishi’s work and performances included Citadel + Compagnie (Toronto),  Montreal Art Interculturell, and Monsun Theater, Hamburg, Germany.  Naishi has recently completed a commissioned group work with Toronto/Halifax based company Nostos Dance Collective.

In Taking Breath Naishi Wang is a buoyant force, creating rolling movement with sharp sound. He gives us a choreographic inquiry exploring the multiple facets of breathing in our lives. What is it like without breathing? What is it like with too much breathing? When does breathing become communication? When does breathing start to matter? When will air start to matter to us?

 

Tickets for FESTIVAL OF DANCE ANNAPOLIS ROYAL running from August 13 to August 17 are on sale now at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal. Tickets for Simply Ballroom are $12. Available at the Door. Tickets for Programs 1 and 2 are: Regular: $25, Youth: $12.  Special Program 1 and 2 Package: $44. Tickets can be purchased online at kingstheatre.ca, by phone: 902-532-7704 or at the Theatre Box Office at 209 St. George Street. 

For more information on the Festival visit:  FODAR.CA

FODAR would like to recognize and thank its Public Funders: Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Gaming support4culture, the Town of Annapolis Royal.