Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal - FODAR

Occurs August 13th, 2019 to August 17th, 2019


209 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, B0S 1A0, Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley


T: 902-532-7704

E: media@fodar.ca

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$12.00 - $25.00


Home to the only summer contemporary dance festival in Nova Scotia,  Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal  (FODAR) 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.

FODAR runs from August 13 – 17 at King's Theatre, idyllically  situated overlooking the Annapolis Basin. Celebrating its Fifth Season, the Festival includes: • A Canadian Classic Remount  •  A Company Debut for Atlantic Canada  •  Two Piece Premieres for Atlantic Canada  •  Popular Returning Artists  •  A Canadian Dance Icon.

The Festival opens Tuesday, August 13  with DANCE ON FILM, featuring  the breakout film of 1992, Baz Luhrman’s quirky, hilarious Strictly Ballroom.  Luhrmann’s debut  ilm scooped up a bushel of awards at every major film festival including TIFF, BAFTA and Cannes. This offbeat story introduces audiences to the vagaries of the flashy world of competitive ballroom dance. A talented young dancer causes a major scandal in the ballroom world by insisting on performing his own steps.

PROGRAM 1 runs August 14 and 16 and features:

MR. PINHEAD – A FODAR remount of award-winning choreographer Randy Glynn’s 1995 story of a young ballroom dancer, his overbearing parents and his journey to ultimate redemption. Featuring an all Nova Scotia Cast. Built entirely on ballroom dance vocabulary, this highly entertaining story dance explores themes that continue to resonate today. “The work was initially inspired by a dream I had of a tall lone man with a small head walking in an empty city street, explains Randy.  “However, the work evolved and dealt more with Pinhead’s redemption than with his lonely dream situation.” 

VARIOUS CONCERT – Toronto’s highly physical, intricate, and compelling dance company Throwdown Collective makes its first appearance in Atlantic Canada. Founded in 2008, Throwdown acts as a framework for the collaborative creation and production of new contemporary dance works. Various Concert premiered in Toronto at “dance: made in canada/fait au Canada” in 2015. The work sculpts space and time in a constantly shifting dynamic of action and reaction. Throwdown won the  2015 dance: made in canada  Audience Choice Award and the 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award for  “Outstanding Original Choreography” for Various Concert.

SKY DANCERS: BRIDGES – Drawing on traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo’s searing work is a haunting, visually stunning piece, Sky Dancers: Bridges explores the far-reaching impact of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907, a catastrophe that killed 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake. Barbara has created this piece as a universal story that touches on themes of disaster, families, community, resilience, and building bridges between people and generations.

PROGRAM  2 runs August 15 and 17 and presents three exceptional solo works: 

SONDERLING – Created and performed by Lydia Zimmer, Sonderling is inspired by an Irish rhyme from the 1700s.“When does the methodical and organized become a form of derangement?  The work demonstrates an eccentric, fateful, and repetitive nature of movement linking these concepts together, driven by the mysterious and haunting The Man of Double Deed.

TAKING BREATH – Created and performed by Naishi Wang. Born in Changchun, China, Naishi Wang  joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 2004 where he danced for 9 years. He now works as a freelance dancer with diverse artists and choreographers in Germany, Cambodia, China, Japan, and Canada.  In Taking Breath, Naishi gives us a choreographic inquiry exploring the multiple facets of breathing in our lives. When does breathing start to matter? When will air start to matter to us?

UNMOORED – performed by Peggy Baker. Choreography: Sarah Chase.  Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance since 1973, performing internationally in the work of acclaimed  Canadian and American choreographers. In 1990, she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning widespread praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing. Since 2010 her own choreography has focused on works for small ensemble. An incandescent and poignant work of word and motion, unmoored  addresses themes of love, disability, caregiving  and death.  “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 all FODAR shows are on sale now at: https://www.kingstheatre.ca/kingweb/calendar/

To learn more about the productions, the artists and choreographers showcased at FODAR 2019 visit http://fodar.ca/

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Admission: DANCE ON FILM. August 13: $12 for everyone / PROGRAM 1. August 14, 16: YOUTH – $12 REGULAR – $25 PROGRAM 2. August 15, 17: YOUTH – $12 REGULAR – $25 PROGRAM 1 and 2 Package; $44