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Test the waters and explore the ebb and flow of movement and drama at FODAR 2016 (Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal). Set in the spectacular setting of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the Festival is just across the bay from the site of the 1606 performance of Theatre of Neptune – reputed to be the first dramatic performance by Europeans in North America. And they did it in canoes! FODAR performances are definitely on stage at the historic King’s Theatre.

FODAR 2016 marks its third anniversary with an expanded program that includes the return of last season’s audience favourite, the remount of a Canadian modern dance classic, a gravity-defying theatre of movement, and two powerfully charged solo works.

THE MAN IN BLACK – Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie – It was so popular in 2015 that we had to bring it back! Set to six songs recorded by the late great Johnny Cash, this touching, amusing and constantly moving work is a compelling illustration of why James Kudelka is one of North America’s most sought after choreographers.

LEO William BonnetY2D Productions (Montreal) in association with Chamaleon Productions (Berlin)  presents a witty, mind-bending,  anti-gravity show that leaves audiences wondering which way is up and which way is down. Based on a character  originally  developed by German acrobat Tobias Wegner, LEO is a dazzling and surreal work that challenges our perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection.  An eye-teasing, grin-inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic”. Time Out New York

LIVE FROM THE FLASH PAN – Rhonda Baker – Mocean Dance – The brilliant Rhonda Baker returns to FODAR in Cory Bowle’s irreverent, highly physical and multilayered look at the disintegration of a performer. Baker takes us on a downward spiral, progressing through the smoky jazz tones of Ibrahim’s Barakaat, the crunch riffs of The Wait by the Pretenders, the pounding of Gorillaz’s Punk, and the driving rhythms of Radiohead’s Life in a Glass House.

BEING AND NOTHINGNESS – Greta Hodgkinson – National Ballet Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson gives a transcendent performance in a work set to a gripping musical score by Philip Glass and choreographed by National principal dancer and choreographic associate Guillaume Côté. The choreographer has created this penetrating and intensely beautiful piece around French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential text L’Être et le néant.

CURIOUS SCHOOLS OF THEATRICAL DANCINGMichael Caldwell – Dora-nominated Michael Caldwell will perform this FODAR remount of another classic modern piece by the legendary Danny Grossman. The signature solo work, which had its world premiere in 1976, was inspired by the dance, acrobatics and pantomime which were part of the popular Commedia Dell’Arte in the 18th century.  A solitary clown is encased in a circus ring and forced to perform for an unseen master.