Sylvie Bouchard, Festival Director
59 Rosethorn Avenue
Dusk Dances would like to acknowledge that we have the incredible opportunity to live and work on this land which is the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is also home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are grateful to be able to live, work, and dance on Turtle Island; a sacred land that has been a site for human activity for over 15,000 years.
Dusk Dances brings contemporary and traditional dance to urban public parks in and outside Toronto. The festival takes place in the summer months and features an array of choreographic works presented at sunset. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience to five eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Choreographers from various backgrounds are commissioned to create an original and innovative ten-minute dance piece, outside of the usual theatre setting.
Dusk Dances was first created by Sylvie Bouchard in 1993, for Trinity-Bellwoods park in Toronto. Since then, the festival has produced seasons in: Downtown Toronto, Haliburton, Kingston, Flesherton, Peterborough, Barrie, Hamilton, Terrebonne, Repentigny, Chatham, Guelph, Manitoulin Island, Deep-River, Jane/Finch, Malvern, Ottawa, Québec city and Vancouver. Artists and Companies whom have been presented by the festival include: RUBBERBANDance Group, Yvonne Ng, Roberto Campanella, Michael Greyeyes, CORPUS, Roger Sinha, Nova Bhattacharya, Myriam Allard, Suzanne Miller, William Yong, Esmeralda Enrique, Peter Chin, Rhodnie Désir, COBA, Bill James, Sashar Zarif, Company 605, Carmen Romero, Julia Aplin, Allison Toffan and The Danny Grossman Company.
Our mandate is to give choreographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional venue, in front of a large and mostly new audience.
To apply to Dusk Dances, please send a proposal for:
a) the remount of a work to be adapted to a park setting
b) the creation of a new dance piece
Please include as much details as possible in your proposal, ie. number of dancers, music, site, as well as a video of your work. Submission deadline is December 1st, but proposals are also taken at any time.
Visit www.duskdances.ca for more details on Dusk Dances.