The 14th Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival take place from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, 2012. This year’s theme is Power Up, rather apt for an art form featuring dancers exudes energy from every pore of their body.
As in previous years, The GCDF prides itself on bring innovative dance groups from all over Canada to Guelph. This year’s festival features Vancouver-based Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and Link Dance in the On the Stage series. In keeping with the Power Up theme, both companies explore the sheer physical power of the male—through physical aggression and as social movement. Meanwhile, Toronto-based firstthingsfirst productions takes inspiration from a Gertrude Stein essay in their piece, which the Globe&Mail’s Paula Citron calls a “sly and cheeky labyrinth of choreography.”
But it’s not all raw energy at the Festival—we’re also going to show our spiritual side. In our In the Park series, Zata Omm’s William Yong explores Buddhist scripture and Fall on Your Feet Collective gives us a meditation on eternal oneness. In the Street, Leslie-Ann Glen of Pollux Dance examines the human heart and Guelph’s own Hidden Heart Dance Collective shows us how one small moment can alter the landscape of our lives.
Ticket prices for the 2012 Festival vary by series—with savings of over 15% through advance purchase of a Festival Pass ($70 for 4 shows; Stage A, B, In the Studio and Youth Moves), Stage Pass ($55 for 3 shows; Stage A, B and In the Studio) and Saturday Pass ($35 for 2 shows; Stage B and In the Studio). In the Park and In the Street performances are pay-what-you can (suggested $15), and student and seniors discounts are available (including $5 eyeGO tickets for students). New this year at the River Run Centre, all tickets are reserved seating. After May 25, all ticket prices go up, so be sure to buy your tickets early!
For more information about ticket prices and available discounts, please contact the River Run Centre box office by calling 519-763-3000 or online at www.riverrun.ca. Additional information about the 2012 Festival can be found at: www.guelphdance.ca.