FROM TINY STEPS TO GIANT LEAPS
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.
In its inaugural season FODAR featured two works by the celebrated local seniors dance troupe Company of Angels – the critically acclaimed “Dancing in the Third Act”and a world premiere of “Teen Angel”; Halifax-based Mocean Dance performing its Nova Scotia Masterworks award- winner, “Canvas 5 X 5”; and “Army of Barbie” by Toronto’s JDdance. As FODAR’s schedule of artists grew over the years so did its collection of work which included dance-theatre, acrobatic movement, indigenous dance, and works by many of Canada’s finest choreographers including, James Kudelka, Danny Grossman, Sharon Moore and Gilbert Côté.
In August, 2019 FODAR will launch its fifth festival. FODAR has grown from a small regional festival to its current position as one of the major dance festivals in Canada. Under the Artistic Direction of award-winning Canadian choreographer Randy Glynn, FODAR has presented a diverse selection of excellence in contemporary dance from across the country as well as remounted productions of classic works of Canadian modern dance.
In 2017, FODAR expanded to five days as Dance of Film night was added to give another dimension to the festival. A longer run has also allowed us to include open workshops and special projects. As the schedule has lengthened so has the opportunity to present a diverse selection of dance forms and creative themes. This artistic direction has helped the festival to attract audiences from across the region, the country and the world. FODAR has always been about making dance accessible to every age and every demographic. People return to the festival year after year, excited to see, experience and learn more about the artform, its creators and artists.
As our audience base has expanded, so has our community support and we are thankful for the growing list of donors, sponsors and partners who help us bring FODAR to the King’s Theatre stage. We would especially like to thank our public partners who have been with us since the beginning: the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Annapolis Royal.
In August, 2019 audiences will once again be flocking to Annapolis Royal to experience Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal. We can’t wait to raise the curtain!
For more general information on the Festival visit our TIMELINE, SUPPORT and FESTIVAL TEAM pages.