Dancing on the Edge hits the great outdoors

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      This year’s Dancing on the Edge festival offers up an unprecedented amount of outdoor, by-donation pieces that allow you to take in the art form without entering a darkened theatre. Dusk Dances, a program of short works that travels out from Toronto each year, celebrates its 20th anniversary from Friday to Sunday (July 4 to 6) at Portside Park with Meghan Goodman’s ode to the West Coast rainforest, be graceful in the wind (shown here), Denise Fujiwara’s butoh-inspired Unquiet Winds, Julia Aplin’s Inner City Sirens, Part II (synchronized “swimming” in a kids’ minipool), and more. Other outdoor shows include Barbara Bourget’s journey of self-actualization and -destruction in Matthew Romantini’s Crumbling and Katie DeVries’s ghostly banquet Feast, both in the Firehall Arts Centre courtyard, plus others at the SFU Woodward’s Atrium and even Wreck Beach.