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Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal switches from annual to biennial festival

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) announced today that effective immediately it changes from an event running every year to one running every two years. This means that the next Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal is scheduled for August, 2019. In releasing the news, Susan Tileston, Board Chair of Society of the Company of Angels Dance Projects (SOCOA), which oversees FODAR, highlighted the main reason that the SOCOA Board voted to change the Festival format.

“FODAR has been hugely successful over the past four years and while this success has been gratifying, it has also brought challenges for those responsible for its operation. Other than our Artistic Director and Marketing and Communications Consultant, FODAR is a volunteer-run event. As the Festival has grown, so have the demands placed on its organizers. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to move the Festival to every two years to allow us more time to organize and plan, so that we can continue to present the high calibre professional dance festival that our audiences have come to expect.”

Ms. Tileston went on to confirm that Founding Artistic Director Randy Glynn will still be at the helm and is already involved in planning FODAR 2019. “We are so pleased that Randy has agreed to continue in his current position and be responsible for curating the Festival. Randy’s artistic guidance has always inspired us and has resulted in four Festivals which have been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.”

The SOCOA chair also went on to thank Festival Sponsors, Public Funders, Donors and Partners for their continued support of the Festival. “FODAR would not have become one of the leading contemporary dance festivals in the country without their strong commitment to the Festival. I’d particularly like to mention King’s Theatre for its cooperation and encouragement over the years.”


Since it was launched in 2014, FODAR has expanded its programming and its audience reach. While the Annapolis Valley remains its largest draw, the Festival has continued to bring in growing audiences from across the Atlantic region, as well as attracting increasing numbers nationally and internationally. FODAR 2017 added a new component to the schedule launching a “Dance on Film” night, which opened the Festival. The Festival also ran a popular open Flamenco workshop at Annapolis Royal’s spectacular new Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre.

Mr. Glynn credits much of the FODAR’s success to the artists who have performed at the Festival over the years. These have included Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (now Citadel + Compagnie); National Ballet of Canada’s Greta Hodgkinson, Mocean Dance, Michael Caldwell, Maria Osende and Belinda McGuire.

“As well as incredible performing artists, we have been privileged to present works by some of this country’s leading and legendary choreographers including James Kudelka, Danny Grossman, David Earle, Guillaume Côté and Tedd Robinson.”

While SOCOA will not be presenting FODAR in 2018, the organization will continue to carry out other outreach initiatives throughout the year. In 2016/2017 those projects included “Lighted Rooms” – a theatre/dance production set on Company of Angels and created by Randy Glynn and Layne Coleman, as well as a “BrainDance” workshop, which featured the movement technique shown to reorganize the neurological system; increase blood and oxygen flow to the respiratory system and brain; enhance core support, connectivity and alignment; and deepen understanding of the elements of dance technique.

FODAR 2017 was funded in part by: the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, by Arts Nova Scotia/support4culture, by Canada Council for the Arts, and also by Business for the Arts.