2017 Guelph Dance Festival

In the Park


Toronto, Ontario

FACING Home: Love & Redemption (excerpts) 2015

Choreographed by Christopher Walker & Kevin A. Ormsby

FACING Home: Love & Redemption draws from the influences of reggae music, dancehall and Jamaican culture. Set to covers of Bob Marley’s music and the […]

Lisa Odjig

Toronto, Ontario

Hoop Dance 2017

Choreographed by Lisa Odjig

Lisa Odjig, two time world champion hoop dancer, performs the North American Native Hoop Dance, a storytelling and celebration dance where she spins and twirls […]

OURO Collective

Vancouver, British Columbia

PACE 2015-16

Choreographed by OURO Collective (Cristina Bucci, Rina Pellein, Dean Placzek, Maiko Miyauchi, Mark Siller, Antonio Somera)

Working within the themes of human connection/disconnection, and living in a dense urban environment, PACE is OURO Collective’s second creation. PACE is a unique hybrid of breaking, waacking, hip […]

Young Company of Halifax Dance & Guelph Youth Dance Company

Halifax, NS & Guelph, ON

Together We Rise: Adaptation of 15  for 15 2016

Choreographed by From Halifax: Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Cory Bowles. Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin. Rebecca Lazier from New York City, Sharon Moore from Toronto, and Lesandra Dodson from Fredericton.

15 for 15, originally created for Mocean Dance,  is composed of 15 one-minute works created by 15 choreographers set on 15 dancers. Brian Riley’s original […]

Sifu Robin Young

Guelph, Ontario

Fut Shan Lion Dance 2017

Choreographed by Sifu Robin Young

Sifu Young will lead the audience from dance to dance throughout the parks with the Southern Chinese “Fut Shan” Lion Dance. Traditionally, the lion dance […]

Dance Market

After the In the Park performances, get moving with local practitioners: Georgia Simms, IMAGEO artworksJanet Ragan, Nia GuelphYvonne Weiss, Talam57, BharatanatyamJanet Johnson, Gyrokinesis®Jayelle Lindsay and […]

On the Stage

Suzette Sherman

Guelph, Ontario

Three Musical Reflections & Falling into Footsteps 2017

Choreographed by Suzette Sherman

Three Musical Reflections: “Music summons stories from our lives” (David Earle). For me these beautiful pieces suggest the following. To Be Open speaks to the […]

Dreamwalker Dance Company

Toronto, Ontario

A Crazy Kind of Hope 2013

Choreographed by Sarah Chase and Andrea Nann

A Crazy Kind of Hopeis an intimate solo performance combining beautifully articulate, hypnotic movement patterns with stories of hope and heartbreak. The piece is made […]

Belinda McGuire

Toronto, Ontario

Anthem for the Living 2011

Choreographed by Sharon B. Moore

Stirring, mysterious and tremendously physical, Moore’s Anthem for the Living unleashes deep layers of McGuire through textured and magnetic movement, which synthesizes dance, theatre and […]

In the Studio

Throwdown Collective

Toronto, Ontario

Various Concert 2015

Choreographed by Throwdown Collective (Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, Brodie Stevenson)

Various Concert sculpts space and time in a constantly shifting dynamic of action and reaction. With the anticipation of connection, tension builds as recognizable structures fade […]

Throwdown Collective

Toronto, Ontario

Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) 2017

Choreographed by Lina Cruz

Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) displays magical realism in a work created for Throwdown Collective by Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz: “In a marble sphere, as white as milk, […]

Youth Moves

Carousel Dance Company

Waterloo, Ontario

Frenetic Cooling 2016

Choreographed by Allen Kaeja, in collaboration with the dancers

Breaking the barriers of partnering with unpredictability and momentum, Frenetic Cooling propels the architecture of the human body in a physical crossing of borders combining […]

Contemporary School of Dance – CSA Dance Company

Waterloo, Ontario

Requiem for the Forgotten  2017

Choreographed by Natasha L. Mansell

Through youth to adulthood, we navigate the constant evolution of our personality and shedding of previous ideals, encountering new experiences that stimulate a better understanding […]

Dasein Dance School Young Company

London, Ontario

In A Moment 2017

Choreographed by Lacey Smith

“Such a delicious melody has just come into my head, if I but had a sheet of music paper with me.” Thankfully someone quickly drew […]

EnPointe Development Inc. Young Company

St. Thomas, Ontario

Through Time ( 2016

Choreographed by Brandy Coghlin

Through Time was choreographed during a three-week summer ballet program held in London, Ontario during August 2016. The piece illustrates an evolution of movement and […]

Swansea School of Dance

Toronto, Ontario

The Forgotten Vowel 2012

Choreographed by Lucy Rupert

Made in collaboration with the dancers, the work looks to mistakes, fidgeting and memory blanks to build a bit of quirkiness to the situation. With […]

YMI Dancing

Toronto, Ontario

Dream 2013

Choreographed by Mairéad Filgate

Dream explores the elusive world of dreams and was created by Mairéad Fligate along with the dancers of YMI. Both choreographer and dancers used inspiration […]

Young Company of Halifax Dance

Halifax, Nova Scotia

A new piece inspired by Hair: The Musical 2017

Choreographed by Mary Lou Martin

Hair: The Musical was created at a time of great civil unrest in the United States. There were struggles and profound change in the anti-war […]


Masterclasses with Suzette Sherman

Suzette Sherman’s technique classes, in the language of David Earle, are appropriate for intermediate and up dancers. Suzette is our Artist in Residence this year, and […]

OURO Approach Workshop for Teens

All five members of OURO Collective teach this workshop which begins with each member leading participants in their specific dance style (hip hop, breaking, waacking […]

Hoop Dance Workshop with Lisa Odjig

Learn and have fun with two-time world hoop dance champion Lisa Odjig, who teaches this workshop immediately following her ‘In the Park’ performance on Sunday. […]
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