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What’s New


Annapolis Royal has a long history of celebrating the arts. FODAR’s venue, King’s Theatre, looks out across the Annapolis Basin to the spot where Champlain founded The Order of Good Cheer in 1606. Inspiration and creativity find a home here and in 2014 that enthusiasm and determination launched Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal.

The festival has grown. FODAR 2017 has been curated to mark Canada 150 and offers a diverse program of artists and works including two classic Canadian modern dance pieces, dance theatre, indigenous hoop dance and  Spain’s hottest export – flamenco.  We’ve added a new dimension to FODAR this year with Dance on Film, which opens the festival on Tuesday, August 15.  On Wednesday, August 16, our live performances begin and FODAR is right in the thick of  Annapolis Royal’s celebrations that day, which include the Tall Ships sail past in the waters just outside the King’s stage door.

It’s a big year for Canada, Nova Scotia and Annapolis Royal! Explore the FODAR site to learn more about our artists and shows.  And don’t forget to book your seats!


This year we have a lot to celebrate at Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal. 2017 marks our fourth year of presenting Canada’s finest contemporary dance creators and artists against the stunning backdrop of the Annapolis Basin. This year also marks a celebration that’s happening across the country – Canada 150. Fitting, we think, that our festival takes place just across the bay from the site of the birth of Acadie and the 1606 performance of Théatre de Neptune – reputed to be the first dramatic performance by Europeans in North America.

And, as we commemorate Confederation, we would also like to acknowledge that Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal takes place within the Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

We’ve curated a program, which showcases an array of cultural and artistic experience. We’re excited to open FODAR 2017 on Tuesday, August 15 with our first ever Dance on Film evening. The award-winning documentary “Mr. Gaga” chronicles the life and creative work of Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, and a true visionary who has revolutionized the language of contemporary dance.

On Wednesday August 16, the curtain rises on our first live festival show featuring the incomparable Sara Porter in Sara does a Solo and the formidable Company of Angels performing their newest production Lighted Rooms. Both works, part theatre part dance, offer insightful and witty looks at aging while taking somewhat different tacts. Please note we’ve chosen to present this show as a matinee so that you can step outside after the program and enjoy a concert at the amphitheatre, followed by the Tall Ships sail past that’s happening almost right outside the theatre’s stage door. The same performance also runs again on Friday, August 18 at 8pm.

On Thursday, August 17 and Saturday, August 19 we present a program that spotlights the diversity of Canada and its rich dance history. Halifax’s Maria Osende and Meghan Matheson, each spectacular flamenco artists in their own right, dance together in a routine guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Acclaimed indigenous dancer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, originally from the Mohawk First Nation of Kahnawake, performs a Native American Hoop dance. Usually danced as a solo, this performance will also feature Barbara’s daughter Emily Kahente Diabo.

FODAR has always included milestone classics of Canadian modern dance from the past. This year we are proud to present two seminal dances from the 1980’s. Bee Pallomina and Danielle Baskerville will dance David Earle’s superb Sacred Garden, and two of Canada’s finest contemporary artists, Michael Caldwell and Louis Laberge-Côté, will perform a remount of Boys Will Be Men, an absurdist look at masculinity, power relationships, and competition.

And so, another exciting season begins. We welcome you to this place in history and this festival that celebrates the best in Canadian dance – past and present.

Randy Sign