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DUSK DANCES HAMILTON:  “A joyful collision of community and movement” – Globe and Mail 

HCA Dance Theatre is proud to present Dusk Dances Hamilton for the 6th year in a row, July 25th to July 28th 2019! An outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to Bayfront Park

EVENING PERFORMANCES
Thursday July 25th to Sunday July 28th

6:00 PM TO 6:45 PM – FREE Lindy Hop dance workshop begins

7:00 PM – Opening band begins

7:30 PM – Dance performances begin

$10.00 per person suggested

Pay-what-you-can

Opening Band: Steel City Rovers  

The Steel City Rovers are Celtibilly; the cross-pollination of the Celtic and North American traditions. Sophisticated and hypnotizing musical arrangements. Expressive and clever lyrical compositions. In their ambitious first few years, these Canadians have risen to appear internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts. The Rovers are warm and engaging performers who are simply electric to witness in person. Ryan is a powerful baritone and is joined on harmonies by his guitar-playing brother Joel for that inimitable familial vocal blend. The rest of the band often harmonizes as well, creating a classic Celtic feel. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, rotating quickly between wind, strings, keys and even the Scottish smallpipes. Dave on fiddle is lightning-quick and incredibly precise. Dave on percussion plays a dynamic setup of own invention. This act is always fresh, familiar and fun.

Dusk Dances Program:

FALL

CHOREOGRAPHY BY HANNA KIEL

Performance: Michael Baboolal, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Mairi Greig, Gavin Law
and Brendan Wyatt
Music: Let’s Stay Together by Al Green, NNNCCCCRRHH by SHXCXCHCXSH, Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
Costumes: Cara Johnson
Rehearsal Director: Natasha Poon Woo

Why do we feel how we feel? Love makes us act in certain ways. Fall explores the emotional roller coaster of falling in love!

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.

DUSK SOCIETY

CHOREOGRAPHY BY RHODNIE DÉSIR

Performance: Rhodnie Désir
Music composition and performance: Engone Endong
Vocal composition: Rhodnie Désir

In Dusk Society, Désir offers a perspective that is at once sociological, historical and choreographic. Through the piece, Désir examines past and current concerns that have shaped Toronto’s identity, all while creating strong connections with citizens through video and written testimonials collected from the community of festival attendees. In Dusk Society, the choreographer’s body becomes a visual representation of the city’s pulse and an amplifier for the voice of the people.

First premiered as a Dusk Dances commission in 2017.

ONWARD HO, MY LOVE

CHOREOGRAPHY AND DESIGN BY JULIA APLIN

Performance: Kaitlin Standeven and Brendan Wyatt
Music: François Bonifay & Marino Marani, Léo Ferré and Edith Piaf
Costumes and set design: Appleberry Ink

Onward Ho, My Love is a long pathway, a journey of sorts that two people have chosen to take together. The journey may be seen as challenging, joyful, sad, funny, elegant, rough, tender, ridiculous, or confusing. The dancers bring their bravery, integrity and humanity to live each moment to the fullest.

Thank you to the original cast Yvonne Ng and Robert Glumbek. Thank you, Dusk Dances, for continuing the journey. Thank you, John, Jenny and Sylvie.

First premiered as a Dusk Dances and Tiger Princess Productions commission in 2012.

INSTINCT A, OR PLAY

CHOREOGRAPHY BY CASSANDRA BOWERMAN

Performance: Cassandra Bowerman, Amanda Meadows, Mary Patsiatzis, Lauren Runions, Yui Ugai
Music: Girls by Hauschka, The Squirrel Took It by ErikMMusic, El Farol by Santana, Love Like That by The Heavy
Music and sound editing: Jay Brydon
Costumes: Carissa Bowerman

First presented in 2014, Instinct A explores the impulses that drive us when faced with hunger, fear, mischievousness, and love.  This reworked excerpt highlights our similarities to the animals we view at the zoo and our instincts reflected through play and curiosity; romp and revel, frolic and fun.

Thank you to Josh Taylor for your artistic advisement. Thank you to original cast members Drew Berry, Cameron Buttrum, Caryn Chappell, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Tori Mehaffey, Chenise Mitchell, Alexia Monardo, Andrew Pimento, Molly Reisman, and Ashley St John. Thank you to Lauren, Amanda, Mary and Yui for revitalizing this work!

A Dusk Dances premiere.

A FLOCK OF FLYERS: REMIX

BOUCHARDANSE
CHOREOGRAPHY BY SYLVIE BOUCHARD

Performance: Michael Baboolal, Sylvie Bouchard, Mairi Greig, Gavin Law and Kaitlin Standeven
Understudy: 
Sierra Chin Sawdy
Rehearsal Director: Meredith Thompson

Due to severe budget cutbacks the 217th Canadian Flying Squadron has been left without planes! Determined to fly at any cost, the flyers continue their regimented training, choreographed to the millimeter, in an imaginary terrestrial airfield.

A Flock of Flyers was originally created by Sylvie Bouchard and David Danzon under the Company CORPUS. A Flock of Flyers: remix is an adaptation of this work by Sylvie Bouchard.

First presented at Dusk Dances in 1996.

Come and have an unforgettable evening!

Bayfront Park is located just north off of Harbor Front Drive, in Hamilton, ON.