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FODAR – August 13 — 17, 2019

FESTIVAL OF DANCE ANNAPOLIS ROYAL announced the full lineup of its FIFTH Festival Season on Tuesday, June 18,  with a roster that includes international and Canadian artists, an eclectic mix of dance, movement and spoken word, a critically acclaimed  Canadian Modern Dance Classic and a performance by a contemporary dance idol, celebrated across the world.

Home to the only summer contemporary dance festival in Nova Scotia, FODAR is ranked as one of the major contemporary dance festivals in the country. Over its five seasons, the Festival has steadily expanded its dance  presentations as well as its audience and has put the historic town of Annapolis Royal on the Canadian dance map. The Festival opens at King’s Theatre on Tuesday, August 13 with Dance on Film and continues until August 17 with live stage presentations.

“We are thrilled and honoured to present the range of artists and choreographers featured at this year’s Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal,” said FODAR Artistic Director Randy Glynn. “FODAR is committed to celebrating artists and choreographic trailblazers from Canada’s rich dance legacy as we continue to present new dance artists and visionaries who are expanding the boundaries of dance.”


August 13 – Strictly Ballroom – 7:30pmBaz Luhrmann’s 1992 hilarious and partly mad film about the vicissitudes of competitive ballroom dancing. Winner – Cannes Film Festival (1992). Winner – TIFF (1992). Winner – BAFTA (1993). Winner – Edinburgh International Film Festival (2008).

August 14 /16 – Program 1 – 8:00pm

Program 1 features:  

MR. PINHEAD – Randy Glynn’s entertaining story of a young  dancer, his overbearing parents and his journey to ultimate redemption.

VARIOUS CONCERT – Toronto’s highly physical, intricate, and compelling dance company Throwdown Collective makes its first appearance in Atlantic Canada with this mesmerizing piece.

SKY DANCERS: BRIDGES – Drawing on traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance, this searing work brings the story of the 1907 Quebec Bridge Disaster to life.

August 15 /17 – Program 2 – 8:00pm

Program 2 features:

SONDERLING – Lydia Zimmer’s dark and geometric performance inspired by an eighteenth century rhyme.

TAKING BREATH –  How does breathing affect movement, our thoughts? When does it become a form of communication? Naishi Wang’s riveting performance explores our relationship with a very precious resource.

UNMOORED – Dance icon Peggy Baker creates a story in spoken word and movement, chronicling 20 years in a marriage. “Peggy… knows how to play up against contemporary orthodoxy and turn it on its head. It’s why she is a great artist.” Mikhail Baryshnikov 

Tickets for FESTIVAL OF DANCE ANNAPOLIS ROYAL running from August 13 to August 17 are on sale now at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal. Tickets for Simply Ballroom are $12. Available at the Door. Tickets for Programs 1 and 2 are: Regular: $25, Youth: $12.  Special Program 1 and 2 Package: $44. Tickets can be purchased online at kingstheatre.ca, by phone: 902-532-7704 or at the Theatre Box Office at 209 St. George Street.  


FODAR would like to recognize and thank its Public Funders: Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Gaming support4culture, the Town of Annapolis Royal.