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DUSK DANCES: Outdoor Dance Festival (Withrow Park PWYC)

Join us for Dusk Dances 2013, an outdoor dance festival that will feature four dance performances, a free salsa dance workshop and a Mexican band at Withrow Park.

A number of members have raved about this annual event!

After the performances, our group go out for a snack at a Greek restaurant on the Danforth.

 

THE EVENT

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a free 45-minute salsa dance workshop.

Then, at 7 p.m., you can put the salsa you learned into practice as a wonderful Mexican band called Café Con Pan performs for 30 minutes.

As dusk begins to descend at 7:30 p.m., a dance performance show begins. Dan Watson will host four eclectic dance works, each about 10 minutes in length. Dan will lead the audience to different areas of the park where each dance piece will unfold.

The choreographies will include:

1. THE LAST ROUND

CHOREOGRAPHY BY: SUSIE BURPEE

WITH: TIGER PRINCESS DANCE PROJECTS

Performed by Robert Glumbek and Yvonne Ng

Two long-time archrivals meet in the boxing ring for one final round. But this is no ordinary match. When the gloves come off, these two duke it out in a virtuosic dance battle. Performed, fittingly, by long-time dance partners Robert Glumbek and Yvonne Ng, this piece is non-stop action, high-energy contemporary dance. More information.


2. THE ALICE ODYSSEY (EXCERPT)

CHOREOGRAPHY BY MELANIE KLOETZEL (CALGARY)

WITH CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE

Performed by Jessalyn Britton, Francesca Chudnoff, Alexandra Kersley,
Jennifer Morse, Natasha Poon Woo, Miya Shaffer and Caileigh Suline

The Alice Odyssey (an excerpt) is a dance theatre work that uses athletic feats, an outlandish script, and wild swings of sound to convey the inner turmoil of our favourite childhood stories. Scampering through playful partnering, heavily exaggerated facial gestures, and daring exploits in the setting of Withrow Park, The Alice Odyssey examines the strange, and often violent, maelstrom that lurks in children’s fantasy worlds.


3. MAY I JOIN YOU?

CHOREOGRAPHY BY CARMEN ROMERO

Performed by Carmen Romero, Composer/Pianist: Scott Metcalfe

May I join you is an enticing conversation between a flamenco dancer and a Jazz pianist. Choreographer Carmen Romero and Jazz pianist Scott Metcalf, have joined artistic forces to employ their improvisational skills and talents to transcend the boundaries of culture and genre. May I join you has been adapted for Dusk Dances unique performance environment. More information.


4. 1981 FM

CHOREOGRAPHY BY THROWDOWN COLLECTIVE

Performed by Zhenya CerneacovMairéad FilgateBrodie Stevenson.

Throwdown Collective returns to Withrow Park with their third and most daring piece yet. This time the dynamic trio combines their signature high-paced and energetic physicality with a vaguely vintage car. Come see the trio re-invent the classic afternoon drive.

 

ABOUT DUSK DANCES

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. This year will be Dusk Dances’ 19th season. More information.

 

DETAILS

WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2013

TIME: Salsa dance workshop begins at 6 p.m. Band begins playing at 7 p.m. Dance performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Meet Belinda at 5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Withrow Park, between Logan Avenue and Carlaw Avenue just south of McConnell Avenue (near Chester and Pape stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line)

SALSA WORKSHOP: FREE

MEXICAN BAND: FREE

DANCE PERFORMANCES: Pay What You Can (PWYC)

MEETUP FEE: $2 cash per attendee (Please pay Belinda exact change at the meetup spot)

 

HOW TO BOOK

RSVP on this event page and show up as per the meetup arrangements below.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: We'll stay together as a group and find a good spot to watch the performances. Bring a chair or blanket if you want to sit down. Each performance is only about 10 minutes long, and is in a different area of the park, so we will be moving around.

 

MEETUP ARRANGEMENTS

Meet Belinda at 5:45 p.m. on the northeast side of the park, near where speakers are set up. Belinda will remain in this area until the first dance performance begins so you can meet there anytime up until about 7:30 p.m. Belinda's cell # is (416) 879-7575. Text first. Call if Belinda doesn't respond.

Belinda is very short and will be wearing a bright pink cowboy-style hat.

GATHERING AFTER SHOW: The group will go out for a snack on the Danforth after the performances.

 

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  • Valerie I.

    Wonderful theater in the park. Enjoyed!

    August 22, 2013

  • Belinda

    A unique and enjoyable evening in the park. The salsa instructor was excellent. The dance performances afterwards were good. My favourites were the Flamingo dancer, the car dancers and the boxers. A warm welcome to first-time member attendee Hermilly and to mystery guests Lina and Mira.

    August 5, 2013

    • Katherine O.

      Hi Belinda

      August 5, 2013

    • Katherine O.

      I was there on Saturday night but came late and got lost in the crowd and was unable to meet up with you

      August 5, 2013

  • Nimira

    Lovely idea and the event was incredibly well-hosted. Thanks so much for organizing.

    August 4, 2013

  • Ru

    A fun evening with some interesting performances

    August 4, 2013

  • Krasimira M.

    Looks promising

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be able to make it???

    August 3, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Sorry, I was hoping that I'd be able to finish work in time but not to be.

    August 3, 2013

  • Helen

    Sorry, something has come up

    August 3, 2013

  • Robert

    something has come up. sorry...

    August 3, 2013

  • Katherine

    Family is trying to guilt me into staying with them this evening. Not sure if I'll make it, so I'm changing my RSVP just in case.

    August 3, 2013

  • Renana

    Sorry, something came up, and I don't think I will be able to make it in time.

    August 2, 2013

  • sue

    May be a little late [masked]

    August 2, 2013

  • Silvana

    Will likely be there between 6:30-6:45. Belinda, I'll text you if I cannot find you.

    August 2, 2013

  • Sandy G

    maybe

    August 2, 2013

  • Kimberly

    Going away for the long weekend.

    August 2, 2013

  • Jenny H.

    Sounds like a plan.

    July 1, 2013

  • Kimberly

    This event looks like a lot of fun, hope to meet a lot of people, see you soon. This kind of music always gets people dancing.

    July 1, 2013

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