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What’s New

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal – August 15 – August 19

Six Productions. One World Premiere.  New This Year! Dance on Film.

It’s not too many dance festivals that get a Tall Ships Sail Past outside the stage door to help mark the start of a new season, but Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) is used to making waves. FODAR is based at King’s Theatre, which just happens to be across the water from where the first European drama production in North America took place in 1606. That production was performed on the water, in canoes.

If prodded, FODAR Artistic Director Randy Glynn will admit that the Sail Past is not a FODAR, event, but is actually part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships, which is in the Maritimes to mark Canada 150. “We felt it was serendipitous, actually”, said Mr. Glynn. “The festival program this year has been curated to celebrate our dance history and the rich diversity of the performing arts in Canada. So contemporary in this case includes dance choreography and performance that reflects more than just modern dance,” he continued.

That diverse programming approach has also resulted in a new addition to the festival, DANCE ON FILM, which opens FODAR 2017 on Tuesday, August 15. Live performances begin on Wednesday, August 16 with the 2pm matinee of PROGRAM ONE. Audiences can enjoy two highly entertaining productions and then take in the Sail Past following at 7 pm.

Here’s the complete schedule:

DANCE ON FILMTuesday, August 15, 8pm  MR. GAGA directed by Tomar Heymann

This spectacular documentary on the life and art of Ohad Naharin is selling out film festival seating around the world. Naharin is Artistic director of one of the world’s hottest dance companies, Batsheva Dance, and a choreographic super star. The product of an eight-year collaboration between director Tomar Heymann and Naharin, the film is an intimate study that captures the choreographer’s work in stunning detail.

“Possibly the most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since Pina.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

 PROGRAM ONE – Wednesday August 16, 2pm and Friday, August 18, 8pm

LIGHTED ROOMS – Company of Angels

Company choreographer Randy Glynn and acclaimed director Layne Coleman worked with the “Angels” over a year and a half to craft their memories and personal stories into a powerful blend of dance, narrative and theatre. The result is feisty, moving, and truly memorable. (Some coarse language)

“…a fluid grace, wonder, beauty, kindness, connection and the raw human condition.” – The Dance Current

SARA DOES A SOLO – Sara Porter

A funny and fearless look at the facts, fictions and fantasies of memories, aging and reflection. Part dance, part stand-up comedy, part musical revue, Sara does a Solo is Sara Porter’s bold and intimate account of her world and her life through the eyes of an artist and parent. (Some nudity)

“Funny, irreverent, soulful and a magnificent dancer. I’m awestruck!” – Niegel Smith (Director, The Flea Theater, New York City)

PROGRAM TWO – Thursday, August 17, 8pm and Saturday, August 19, 8pm

SACRED GARDEN – Danielle Baskerville, Bee Pallomina

A Canadian modern dance classic, this work was created by David Earl in 1986. An inspirational figure in Canadian modern dance not only through his choreography but also as a mentor to generations of young dance-artists, Mr. Earle describes SACRED GARDEN as “a poem of grief and compassion”. Set to the first movement of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s magnificent lament Stabat Mater, the work follows two women and over the years has evolved to become a depiction of Mary arriving at the site of her son’s crucifixion.

INDIGENOUS HOOP DANCING – Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Emily Kahente Diabo

Indigenous hoop dancing is a form of story telling that traces its origins back many centuries. Still used in traditional healing ceremonies by many First Nations across North America, the hoop dance now often incorporates new movements and intricate footwork.

A professional dancer and choreographer performing and creating in many genres for over 25 years, Barbara Diabo currently specializes in merging traditional First Nation’s dance with contemporary styles. She performs this piece with her daughter, Emily.

FLAMENCO DUET – Maria Osende, Megan Matheson Hamilton

Perhaps Spain’s most popular export, flamenco dance is the product of the countless generations and many cultures centred in the country’s Andalucian region. Choreographer Randy Glynn worked with Atlantic Canada’s celebrated flamenco artists Maria Osende and Megan Matheson Hamilton to create this work, which has its world premiere at FODAR 2017.

“…(Megan Matheson ­ La Azulita) is nubile and sexy. She can cut the footwork.” The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Maria Osende is spellbinding as she takes flamenco dance to a high art form.” The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

BOYS WILL BE MEN – Michael Caldwell, Louis Laberge-Côté

This production definitely pushes boundaries. Boys Will Be Men is an absurdist take on the ways that masculinity, with its power relationships, and its rivalries, obstructs the attempts men make to communicate. In this piece, an out-of-control competition takes  the form of a pas de deux, centred on a card table and a duel. A cautionary note: some language used may be offensive to some. The work is performed by two of Canada’s finest contemporary dancers and showcases their skill in executing challenging choreographic technique. (Adult content. Some offensive language within the context of the work).

“What strikes me most…is the connection between the two dancers, their chemistry and movement symbiosis.” – The Dance Current

 TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal August 15 through 19 at King’s Theatre are on sale:

  • Online at kingstheatre.ca/
  • By phone at 902-532-7704
  • In person at the theatre box office at 209 St George Street

Ticket price for DANCE ON FILM are $12 across the board.

Ticket prices for PROGRAM ONE and PROGRAM 2 are $22 Regular and $12 Youth (18 and under)

FODAR 2017 is funded in part by: the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, by Canada Council for the Arts, and by Arts Nova Scotia/support4culture, and also by Business for the Arts. “LIGHTED ROOMS” is presented by SHANNEX.