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CANADA DANCE FESTIVAL

June 1, 2014

An earlier version of "Le Grand Continental" Photograph by Robert Etcheverry

An earlier version of “Le Grand Continental”
Photograph by Robert Etcheverry

Do you remember the flash mob that featured 120 amateur dancers in Ottawa last year around this time? Did you miss it and wish you hadn’t? Maybe you missed a mini version of it in the Byward Market yesterday?

Do not despair. Tomorrow, June 2, at 12:30 p.m., creator of Le Grand Continental Sylvain Émard of Montreal, in partnership with Canada Dance Festival, will showcase an excerpt of his famous flash mob that highlighted last year’s festival event. Check it out at the World Exchange Plaza.

Caroline Niklas-Gordon performs "Tiltiing-Resettlement" on June 14 at 5 p.m. Photograph by Pat Zeust

Caroline Niklas-Gordon performs “Tiltiing-Resettlement” June 14 at 5 p.m.
Photograph by Pat Zeust

If you miss that one, you will have another opportunity to experience this smaller version at the William and York pedestrian square in the Byward Market at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

This year’s edition is being performed by a group of 60 dedicated and passionate non-professional dance volunteers who have a strong affinity with the choreography of Émard’s special work. They are acting as ambassadors for this year’s Canada Dance Festival, which takes place June 9-14.

Le Grand Continental has been around since 2009, when it premiered at the Festival TransAmériques on Émery Street in Montreal. It has since resurfaced in various forms in the United States and Mexico.

Ellen Furey, Simon Renaud, Simon Portigal and Amanda Acorn of Toronto's Dancemakers perform "Loveloss," June 13 at 7 p.m. Photograph by David Hou

Ellen Furey, Simon Renaud, Simon Portigal and Amanda Acorn of Toronto’s Dancemakers perform “Loveloss” June 13 at 7 p.m.
Photograph by David Hou

The Canada Dance Festival opens June 9, at 7:30 p.m. as Signal Theatre presents A Soldier’s Tale, a dance theatre work for 13 performers that examines the aftermath of war. The piece has been in development for a number of years under the artistic directorship of Michael Greyeyes and premiered in Toronto in February. This very topical and political performance, says Greyeyes, who grew up with indigenous storytelling of all kinds, combines dance and spoken text.

Nova Bhattacharya and Noam Gagnon perform “Dvote” June 12 at 10 p.m. Photograph by David Cooper

Nova Bhattacharya and Noam Gagnon perform “Dvote” June 12 at 10 p.m.
Photograph by David Cooper

Closing the festival on June 14, 10 Gates Dancing presents a one-time only spectacle featuring 60 dancers, seven musicians and 60 blank canvasses. The 60 Dancer Project, created by Ottawa’s Tedd Robinson, gives some of Canada’s top emerging dance professionals from Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec dance schools the opportunity to shine.

Between Signal Theatre and 10 Gates Dancing are performances by dancers from across the country. For information on Canada Dance Festival 2014 and its ancillary activities, visit http://www.canadadance.ca

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