« My vision was simple, to open up the doors for dance, to create bridges between artists and the general public and to present many different artistic visions from various choreographers. »
- Sylvie Bouchard,
© John Lauener
«This contemporary and traditional dance festival is the work of choreographers from diverses horizons and the eclectic dance that they propose definitively charmed the public.»
– Amina Oudghiri, L’Express de Toronto
« Dusk Dances was born out of a strong desire, early in my choreographer and interpreter career, to share dance - this art which passions me - with the general public, and to have it be discovered by a non-initiated audience. My vision was simple; to open the doors to dance, to create bridges between artists and the broader public and to present multiple choreographers visions. »
- Sylvie Bouchard
With a desire to present dance at the core of an urban community, performer and choreographer SYLVIE BOUCHARD created Dusk Dances in 1993. Endowed of an audacious vision, she took advantage of the natural beauty and magic of a ravine in Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Toronto to create the non-proscenium dance event. From the outset, Dusk Dances immediate success generated positive results that went beyond all expectations and 25 years of activity later, more than 110 events and 500 shows have now been presented throughout Canada.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Sylvie Bouchard
Julia Aplin, Sylvie Bouchard, Cassandra Bowerman, Marie-Michelle Darveau, Rhodnie Désir, Denise Fujiwara, Yuichiro Inoue, Hanna Kiel, Chrissy King, Emily Law, Pulga Muchochoma, Ashley Perez, Meredith Thompson, Shelby Thoms & Naishi Wang
Michael Baboolal, Sylvie Bouchard, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Rhodnie Désir, Marie-Josée Dionne, Engone Endong, Kristine Flores, Caroline Fraser, Mairi Greig, Jen Hum, Gavin Law, Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, Laurel Macdonald, Cathy Nosaty, Jillian Peever, Lisa Anne Ross, Lucy Rupert, Hannah Shira-Naiman, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Miko Sobreira, Kaitlin Standeven, Brodie Stevenson, Phil Strong, Rebecca Hope Terry, Gerry Trentham, Sarah Tumaliuan & Brendan Wyatt
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Dance Theatre, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (Barrie) & Théâtre Hector-Charland (Lanaudière)
DURATION : Approximately 2 hours (including the course).
CREW : Between 5 to 7 Dancers, 1 Artistic Director,
1 Stage Manager, 1 Production Director, 1 Volunteer Coordinator, 1 Master of Ceremony.
SET-UP: The technical specs for the event vary from year to year according to the various works presented and of the STAGE DIMENSIONS : Each piece is presented in a different site of a chosen park. Sylvie Bouchard will conduct a first visit of the park to ensure that it is suitable for the event.
Artistic, social and cultural, Dusk Dances invites its public to an innovative, high calibre event which presents contemporary and traditional dance in public parks. This playful, non-proscenium event invites and reaches out to a very diverse audience by being truly accessible and voluntary based.
At dusk, a master of ceremony guides the public towards a variety of choreographic pieces, each of very diverse styles and with a program that changes each year, according to the different sites of the park.
The event now counts more than 200 repertoire works and its development process continues with many local partners and programmers who have the desire to bring Dusk Dances into their community.
2019 celebrates Dusk Dances’
25th season !
The turnkey event offers its licensees 3 choreography (of 10 minutes each), one master of ceremony, the planning of the 3 or 4 representations, the promotion material and access to its promotional models.
Dusk Dances’ licensees will be able to enrich their experience by hiring a local dance company to participate to the event as well as a music group for their opening show.
PREVIOUS YEARS TOURS:
Ontario : Ottawa (Festival Danse Canada), Kingston, Chatham, Guelph, Deep River, Mindemoya, Haliburton, Flesherton, Peterborough (Public Energy), Hamilton (Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Dance Theatre) and Barrie (Simcoe Contemporary Dancers).
British-Colombia : Vancouver (Festival Dancing on the Edge).
Quebec : Repentigny and Terrebonne (Hector-Charland Theater).
« It wouldn’t be a summer without Dusk Dances. Every year, the beautiful curated, family-friendly festival transforms the hills and valleys of Withrow park into an evocative backdrop for movement magic. »
– Glenn Sumi, NowMagazine, Toronto
WHERE TO SEE DUSK DANCES NEXT
TORONTO - Withrow Park
August 4th to 11th
July 4th to 6th
July 25th to 28th
August 15th to 18th