2016 Guelph Dance Festival

In the Park


Vancouver, British Columbia

Birds Land 2016

Choreographed by Julia Taffe

Birds Land is a two-part vertical and contemporary dance site work drawing inspiration from the behaviour of birds. Created on location in response to natural […]

Frog in Hand

Mississauga, Ontario

Dragon 2015

Choreographed by Colleen Snell, in collaboration with the performers

Dragon tells the epic story of two men on a quest to slay a dragon, but their encounter does not go as planned. Instead, they […]

Ferenc Fehér


Tao Te (excerpt) 2010

Choreographed by Ferenc Fehér

The title of this duet for two male dancers derives from the legendary Chinese sage, Lao Tze’s famous and well-known work, Tao Te Ching – […]

Hidden Heart Collective

Guelph, Ontario

Oblivion Shift 2016

Choreographed by Mistyna Wilcock, Mike Tracz, Meghan MacNeil

Thousands of missed connections, bodies moving through space, wrapped up in their own oblivion. Connections made lack meaning and content….We drift, we shift, we connect, […]

Dance Market

In Exhibition Park after the In the Park performances try out some of these different movement forms with local practicioners: Living Yoga & Health – […]

On the Stage

Le Patin Libre

Montreal, Quebec

Vertical Influences 2014

Choreographed by Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Jasmin Boivin, Taylor Dilley

Contemporary skating company Le Patin Libre uses virtuosic glide in Vertical Influences. Part I, ‘Influences,’ explores the relationship between individuals and groups. Moving through the […]

Julia Sasso Dances

Toronto, Ontario

Sporting Life 1995

Choreographed by Julia Sasso

20 years after Sporting Life first premiered, Julia Sasso reimagines her multiple Dora award-nominated work in collaboration with a new generation of extraordinary interpreters. In […]

Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions

Montreal, Quebec


Choreographed by Suzanne Miller

The Water Project: THIRST draws from bodily systems governed by water and the larger planetary body of earth and the world around us.  In this […]

Film Screening

Ora 2011

ORA is a stunning meeting between the artistic worlds of choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq. It is the first film to use 3D […]

In the Studio

Sara Porter

Toronto, Ontario

Sara does a Solo 2016

Choreographed by Sara Porter

After two decades as a dancer and a writer, Sara Porter stands at the collision of the two in her multi-disciplinary work Sara does a […]

Local Initiatives

Guelph, Ontario

Capacitance 2016

Lynette Segal, producer and curatorFeatured performers: Shannon Cooney, Sue Lee, Sara Porter, Alison Cameron, and Brent Rowen Capacitance 11, the last of a series of […]

Youth Moves

Durham School of ballet and Contemporary Dance Youth Performance Company

Whitby, Ontario

Allegory of the Cave 2014

Choreographed by Madeleine Twyman

In the inspiration for this piece, Plato distinguishes between people who mistake sensory knowledge for the truth and people who really see the truth. The […]

Visceral Movements

Toronto, Ontario

Shortcomings 2016

Choreographed by Peter Kelly & Carolyn Morris

Shortcomings in a movement exploration striving to bring the emotional context of self-efficacy: an individual’s belief in self to attain a specific performance though necessary […]

Contemporary School of Dance – CSD Dance Company

Waterloo, Ontario

The Art of Baring the Soul 2016

Choreographed by Natasha Mansell

The Art of Baring the Soul explores the creative process of a writer and the complex relationships between identity and expression. The writer blurs the […]

Dasein Dance

London, Ontario

Footprints 2014

Choreographed by Lacey Smith

Footprints is about coming of age. From past to present and finally future, the dancers uncover their fears of the unknown as they look forward. […]

Carousel Dance Company

Waterloo, Ontario

Everybody Hurts 2012

Choreographed by Crystalle Kruis

Depression is one of the most challenging illnesses to deal with. We have difficulty knowing how to help those who suffer with depression and often […]

YMI Dancing

Toronto, Ontario

With My Life in My Hands 2011

Choreographed by Pia Bouman

With My Life in My Hands is about the search and affirmation of a person’s identity, while paralleled by an urge to belong. It reflects […]

Guelph Youth Dance

Guelph, Ontario

Fire 2016

Choreographed by Janet Johnson

Fire is a new work for the GYD Company inspired by human tenacity and how we seek strength and resolve. Fire is a prayer of […]

Swansea School of Dance

Toronto, Ontario

Mechanics of Flight 2016

Choreographed by Julia Aplin

Inspired by pilots, astronauts, amd angels, Mechanics of Flight is a physical exploration of the creativity, thought, mechanics and bravery it takes to fly. A […]

Moree School of Dance

Waterloo, Ontario

We Insist 2015

Choreographed by Meghan MacNeil

We Insist began with a small seed idea, the idea of change. Conversations grew into a physical dialogue on the consistency of change in our […]


Ice Dance with Le Patin Libre

Come onto the ice to learn some of the moves that Le Patin Libre uses in its innovative choreography. Not sure about your skating abilities? […]

The Art of Letting Go: a brief introduction to the Skinner Releasing Technique with Julia Sasso

Open to all ages and levels of experience, this workshop provides an introduction to the Skinner Releasing Technique. SRT offers a pioneering, inclusive approach to moving […]
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