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Festival of Contemporary Dance - July 6 - 15, 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Festival of Contemporary Dance 2006

Celebrating its 18th season, The Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance opens on July 6th and runs through July 15th with over 43 performances by over one hundred celebrated dance artists, musicians and designers performing in various venues throughout Vancouver. With new words being created daily in text messaging, The Edge coined a new word, Movocative, to describe what it is about dance that fascinates and delights. This year’s festival is filled with dance that is Evocative. Provocative and Movocative.

The festival opens on July 6 with the Western Canadian Premiere of Wen Wei Wang’s, Unbound, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre at 8pm, the work combines Chinese opera influences, a wonderful score by Giorgio Magnanensi and six powerful performers including Mr. Wang himself, the new work looks at male/female relationships, emotions, and sexualities in a way that seems to change everything, from bound to unbound.

Returning is festival favorite, Compagnie Marie Chouinard in their international renowned contemporary classic, The Rite of Spring for two performances at the Centennial Theatre on July 8 & 9 at 8pm. “Chouinard’s Rite of Spring is 55 minutes of choreographic brilliance performed with blazing energy by an extraordinary cast of seven dancers.” Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star. “Marie Chouinard’s Rite of Spring is in short, a masterpiece.” Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Animating in the streets, doorways and forgotten corners of Vancouver’s downtown eastside and beyond, in a unique performance event titled city:skinned. is London-based company sirenscrossing, performing twice (6:30 & 8:30pm) nightly during the festival. Named Best Premiere 2002 (Critic’s Choice) Dance Europe magazine states, “ a site specific work around the grim streets of King’s Cross that was unforgettable.”

Other choreographers dancing at the edge include: André Gingras (The Netherlands), Namchi Bazaar (Montreal), Marie-Josee Chartier (Toronto), George Stamos and Sarah Stoker, (St Johns, Newfoundland/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), Jung-ah Chung (Victoria) Maya Lewandowsky (Calgary) and from Vancouver Wen Wei Wang, Jennifer Clarke, Day Helesic, Karen Jamieson, Rob Kitsos, Caroline Liffman, Susan Elliott and others.

The festival also hosts a variety of talks, panel discussion and dance classes. Roundtable discussions and conversations about dance offer insight into the art form and the business surrounding it. Throughout the festival a daily class for pre-professional and professional dancers will be given by participating festival choreographers from 10am – 12noon. And in true festival spirit, the Firehall bar and courtyard will once again provide informal discussions and surprise entertainment.

Ticket and Box Office Information

Passes range from $75 - $300. Ticket prices: Centennial Theatre $36, students $28 (plus service charge). Norman Rothstein, $26, students $20, Kay Meek Centre $25, students $18, Firehall and Scotia Dance Centre $18, students $14.

For tickets call: Festival Hot Line 604-689-0926 or
Tickets for Centennial Theatre performances are also available at Centennial Box Office 604-984-4484

For complete information on tickets, performances and schedules, please visit the Dancing on the Edge website

Media Contact:
Bonnie Allan/Bridge Communications
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Vancouver, BC V6J 1P2

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