The Dancing on the Edge fest has good reason to jump for joy.
The recent event is reporting a 36-percent increase in audience members for 2014, with 3,000 people checking out its roster of contemporary dance at the Firehall Arts Centre and elsewhere.
The fest, which ran from July 3 to 12, featured an impressive roster of new full-length works by veteran and emerging artists. New commissions for the 2014 festival included works by Meghan Goodman (be graceful in the wind), Karissa Barry (Veritas trUth), Lee Su-Feh (Dance Machine), and Yvonne Chartrand (Cree Creation Story.)
"We are blessed with a wealth of dance talent in Vancouver and are happy to see that our audiences agree that the festival is heading in the right direction. We are excited to be commissioning new works by local artists for the 2015 festival and to help keep dance in our city vibrant,” said festival producer Donna Spencer in a press announcement.
Those commissions will include a new short work by choreographer/dancer Justine A. Chambers based on her sold-out, interactive Edge 2014 hit, Family Dinner based on research from the immersive dining performance to create a movement piece based on it to premiere at the 2015 festival. Two other yet-to-be-announced site-specific pieces will be decided on in the coming months for next summer's fest.