Where: Withrow Park, South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw (Chester Subway Station)
When: August 5-12, 2018, Preview on August 5 & Opening night on August 6
Cost: $15 per person suggested or Pay-What-You-Can
Details: Now in its 24th Annual Season, Dusk Dances is a renowned and beloved outdoor dance festival presented at Withrow Park each August. This year, for the very first time, a Guest Curator was invited to program the Withrow Park event – Michael Caldwell. Dusk Dances 2018 features some of Canada’s top choreographers and dancers, including Peter Chin, Allison Toffan Carmen Romero, Karissa Barry, and Tina Fushell, in a diverse program of dance featuring contemporary, flamenco, tap, Bharatanatyam, and West African forms and styles.
The dances will be hosted by Allegra Charleston (aka Susie Burpee, a Dora Award-winning choreographer and dancer), who will lead the audience to various sites throughout the park. The performance will also feature live music by acclaimed Jazz musicians Sophia Perlman and Brendan Davis, and FREE Swing Dance classes with master teachers from Joy of Dance Centre.
Founded by Festival Director Director Sylvie Bouchard in 1993, Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience – which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents – to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment.
Note: Nightly Performances run from August 5-12; Opening Band and Joy of Dance class start at 7pm & dance performances start at 7:30pm. Matinée Performance is August 12 at 2pm; Opening Band and Joy of Dance class start at 2pm & dance performances start at 2:30pm.