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Canada Dance Festival starts on Saturday! (plus ticket giveaway contest)

By Alejandro Bustos on June 4, 2015

In anticipation of the Canada Dance Festival that starts this Saturday and runs until June 13, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Frédérick Gravel’s piece for four male dancers on Monday, June 8 at the National Arts Centre Studio.  To enter, please send an email to by 1 pm Friday, June 5, with the subject line “CDF – Contest.”  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Friday afternoon.

For more than 25 years, the Canada Dance Festival has been presenting high quality dance programming in the nation’s capital.  With a focus that spans the country, as well as a strong partnership with the National Arts Centre, the festival has brought some of Canada’s top dance talent to Ottawa, while also reflecting the vast geographic and cultural landscapes in Canada.

This year’s festival, which starts on Saturday, June 6 and runs until June 13, will continue this proud tradition by offering a wide range of shows.  Over the next week-and-a-half, Apartment613 contributors will be reviewing many of these performances to help dance lovers pick what shows to see.

In the meantime, here is a quick rundown of the great programming.  The festival begins this Saturday at 2 pm with a performance by Toronto Dance Theatre in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada.  The hour-long show is free with a ticket to the gallery.

Then this coming Monday, June 8, choreographer Frédérick Gravel makes his Ottawa debut with Tout se pète la gueule, chérie, a work for four male dancers that focuses on the confusion of the modern-day North American man.

The festival then kicks into high gear with one to three performances per day.  The other shows are:

Photo by Michael Slobodian

Photo by Michael Slobodian courtesy of CDF

Greed, an innovative indigenous dance project that involves a live performance that intermingles with video images;

Small Stage Canada, a fresh take on live dance theatre that uses — you guessed it — a very small stage.  (This show is also part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival);

The Ottawa debut of Montreal”s La Grande Fente;

A series of hybrid dance performances by Berlin-based Canadian choreographer/dancer Shannon Cooney (in which the audience can particiapte!) that is being co-presented by Ottawa Dance Directice; and

Finally, the festival ends with the brilliantly creative outdoor show Porch View Dances, in which performers and audience members walk form house to house.  Produced by Toronto-based Kaeja D’Dance this show begins on Saturday, June 13 at 2 pm at 464 Denbury Ave. in Westboro.

The Canada Dance Festival runs from June 6-13.  Check individual shows for ticket prices as some performances are pay-what-you-can, while others have a fixed price.