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Dusk Dances Returns to Toronto - Various Locations July 26 - August 19 2012

From a media release:

DUSK DANCES is back in Toronto for an 18th Season!
Highly physical, gently magical, charmingly fun...

Where/When - Où/Quand
Neilson Park (Finch and Neilson Road) - July 26 - 28, 2012
Withrow Park (South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw) - July 31 - Aug 5, 2012
Earlscourt Park (St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Road) - August 16 - 19, 2012

LES SPECTACLES ont lieu tous les soirs à 19h00.

Admission is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN - $10 suggested donation
Contribution Volontaire - Montant suggéré: $10 par personne

Dusk Dances, one of Toronto’s most vibrant and popular cultural events, returns for its 18th season, with 3 weeks of exciting dance performances at Neilson Park, Withrow Park and Earlscourt Park.

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks.  As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience - which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents - to a range of eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.  Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment.  Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well.

From July 31 - August 5, 2012 at our flagship location, Withrow Park, our host Dan Watson will introduce you to four new works from Zata Omm Dance Projects, Bageshree Vaze, Lua Shayenne & Co., and tiger princess dance projects with Julia Aplin; as well as a performance by Vancouver-based The 605 Collective. Join us for the event that the Toronto Star ranked last year as “one of the top ten dance events to hit the GTA”.

With the past success of its GTA Initiative, the festival continues its dedication to animate communities and urban parks throughout Toronto. This season Dusk Dancesreturns to Neilson Park (July 26 - 28, 2012) and in the West-End at Earlscourt Park (August 16 - 19, 2012).

Featured artists include:
Neilson Park: BoucharDanse, La Otra Orilla, Tamla Matthews, and Allen Kaeja & Troy Feldman with a Special Youth Commission involving 12 youth participants from various GTA neighborhoods.
Earlscourt Park: BoucharDanse, La Otra Orilla, Throwdown Collective, and Allen Kaeja & Troy Feldman with a Special Youth Commission.

Image credits:
Photographer: Ken Ewen; Piece Title: Flock of Flyers: Remix; Company/Choreographers: BoucharDanse
Performers on the photo: Marie-Josée Chartier, Mairéad Filgate, Meredith Thompson, Zhenya Cerneacov and Irvin Chow
Park where performed: Neilson Park and Earlscourt Park

DUSK DANCES 2012, Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard

Neilson Park (Finch and Neilson Road) - July 26 - 28
Withrow Park (South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw) - July 31 - Aug 5
Earlscourt Park (St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Road) - August 16 - 19
Performances nightly at 7:00 PM
Admission is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN - $10 suggested donation
Visit for information on our out-of-town events (Ottawa, Peterborough, Flesherton and Haliburton) and one-day-only festivals in the GTA (Chalkfarm and Agincourt)


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