For Immediate Release
April 9, 2014 - Jeanne Holmes, Artistic Producer of the Canada Dance Festival (CDF) today announced the full festival line-up for its highly anticipated 2014 event, taking place in Ottawa from June 9 to 14.
CDF 2014 will present 24 new dance works including two world premieres performed by more than 200 dance artists from across Canada over the festival’s six days.
“This year’s festival will set the nation’s capital alight with challenging new ideas showcased through powerful movement and beautiful movers – all telling uniquely Canadian stories through dance”, says Holmes. “We’ve got new works by fearless First Nation’s dancemakers, home grown talent returning from a national tour of their latest piece, premieres from the country’s most innovative contemporary choreographers, as well as a national youth collaboration project; you’ll want to see it all!”
CDF 2014 will open on Monday, June 9 with the Ottawa premiere of A Soldier’s Tale, created by Michael Greyeyes and Signal Theatre (ON). The production, commissioned in partnership with Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC), examines the aftermath of war and its terrible impact on our soldiers. Closing night, Saturday June 14, features the world premiere of a cross-Canada collaboration by choreographer Tedd Robinson / Ten Gates Dancing and the School of Contemporary Dancers (Winnipeg), the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, the School of Dance (Ottawa), École de danse contemporaine de Montréaland L’École de danse de Québec.
The full festival program lineup includes:
· Two mixed program showcases featuring short works created by some of Canada’s most influential creators including Paul-André Fortier, Sylvain Émard, Kate Alton,Gaile Petursson-Hiley and more.
The 2014 festival builds on the successes of last year’s program with performances that continue to bring audience and artists closer together. The following works are all presented in unconvential ways, and/or in non-traditional spaces:
· Allison Cummings / Sore for Punching You (ON) – Final Savage Land, presented in Jetblack Salon with a window to the street at Bank & McLaren;
· Dancemakers (ON) – Loveloss, performed in the round at the NAC Studio, with seating on all four sides of the performing space;
· Corpus (ON) – Machinas Nuptualis, presented in the open air of an Ottawa park where audience members are invited to be guests at a festive outdoor “wedding”.
Festival tickets are on sale today and will be available Wednesday, April 16, 2014 through the NAC box office and Ticketmaster.
For the entire performance schedule, program details and additional festival information, please visit canadadance.ca. Follow us on Twitter or reach out to us on Facebook.
CDF 2014 is a national platform that celebrates the voice of the contemporary artist and cultivates the future of Canadian dance. By investing in dancers and choreographers we are helping to build relationships across physical and generational boundaries, to spark creative ideas, partnerships and relationships, and to present and honour the broad range of work in the ever-evolving Canadian dance scene.