The mayor has just proclaimed July as Dancing on the Edge Festival Month, a tribute to the event's 30th anniversary celebrations this year.
The new proclamation praises the long-running summer fest for its work "to stimulate high quality Canadian dance", as a "catalyst for discussion about dance", and for being a "vital part of our city's vibrant arts and culture".
Dancing on the Edge runs from July 5 to 14 at the Firehall Arts Centre and various other locations throughout the city.
This year's lineup includes Paul-André Fortier's final solo creation, Liz Kinoshita's Belgium-based company shares her work, South Korea’s Dab Dance Project, and B.C. choreographers like Wen Wei Dance, Company 605, Lesley Telford/Inverso Productions, Co.ERASGA/Kasandra Lea, MascallDance, Noam Gagnon/Vision Impure, Amber Funk Barton’s the response., and Kinesis Dance somatheatro.
Many of this city's top choreographers have been presented by Dancing on the Edge, including Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, and Serge Bennathan, along with national names like Compagnie Marie Chouinard.
Festival producer Donna Spencer has run the dance showcase for the past three decades, starting it out small as a way to fill a much-needed gap in opportunities for dance groups to perform. It's been built to include site-specific work, mixed Edge programs, and a roster of local, national, and even international work--a growth that's been echoed in the wider dance scene here, which is now recognized as one of the country's, and the world's, most innovative centres in the art form.
Here's the proclamation itself: