Dusk Dances returns to Withrow Park August 3 to 9, with new additions for its 21st year.
For the first time, a 30-minute work will be performed, along with four 10-minute productions.
Dusk Dances 2015 also includes free salsa classes by Miko Sobriera, taught to live Cuban music by Guaracha y Son.
“It’s a nice mix, a very eclectic program as usual,” said festival founder Sylvie Bouchard of this year’s line-up, which features different dance styles and other performing arts in its pieces.
Led by host Brad Brackenridge, audience members will travel throughout the park to watch each production unfold.
The 30-minute work, “Disconcertante,” by award-winning choreographer Tedd Robinson, is especially engaging, said Bouchard.
“It looks like a garden party that went awry a little bit, or that is just a little bit off,” she described. “There’s a lot of uncertainty about where this group of people are going, together and individually. There’s a sense that they’re trying to achieve something, or go somewhere, but we’re not sure where, so there’s mystery to it ... There’s a lot of poetry, a lot of beautiful images and very funny moments as well.”
This year’s show also features a new piece by Bouchard and Marie-Josée Chartier, “Photuris Versicolor,” that tells the story of twin fireflies who find each other after being separated at birth.
Also appearing this year are “Recuerdos (Taranto),” choreographed by Esmeralda Enrique; “Bella,” choreographed by Danny Grossman; and “Murmure de Femme/Woman’s Whisper,” choreographed by Lua Shayenne.
“Recuerdos (Taranto),” also premiering at Dusk Dances 2015, is billed as “a journey of discovery” that explores the influence of past experiences and memories on the decisions of future human generations.
“Bella,” a Grossman fan-favourite, first appeared at Dusk Dances 2007. Inspired by Puccini’s music and Marc Chagall’s art, the work features a romantic duet performed on and around a large, painted horse statue.
“Murmure De Femme/Woman’s Whisper,” another 2015 premiere, celebrates the strength and power of women.
Performances begin nightly at 7:30 p.m., with the live band and salsa class opening the show at 6:45 p.m. The class is suitable for every age and skill level, all participants need are comfortable shoes and clothes.
Matinee performances take place August 6 and 9, with the opening band and salsa class starting at 1:45 p.m., and dance productions beginning at 2:30 p.m. “Disconcertante” will only appear at night.
Dusk Dances is kid and pet friendly, and allows audience members to pay what they can for the show. The suggested donation is $10 per person.
The outdoor festival offers a great opportunity to experience dance in a unique environment, said Bouchard.
“It’s also a great way to sit, if you’re from that community, sit with your neighbours and enjoy dance together on the grass of Withrow Park,” she added. “It’s a beautiful park, and so it’s a lovely evening that I think will feed you in more than one way.”
For more information, visit www.duskdances.ca or call 416-504-6429 extension 24.