Dusk Dancers

Dusk Dancers Coming to Haliburton

Head Lake Park in the village of Haliburton, just off of York Street.

July 28 to July 31, 2011

Dusk Dancers come to Haliburton

Haliburton Presents the Dusk Dancers

Presented by Dusk Dances Haliburton as a licensee of Dusk Dances Inc.

Vacation Things To Do – Dusk Dances returns to the Haliburton Highlands, with four evenings of magical performances.

  • Throwdown Collective (Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, Brodie Stevenson), with BoxSet – a fast-paced and acrobatic dance atop 4 wooden boxes. Watch Video
  • First Nation’s dancer and choreographer Santee Smith, with Kaha:wi – a piece celebrating the feminine spirit and Iroquoian traditions
  • Kate Franklin and Meredith Thompson (Get on Board)
  • Julie Barban (Swan Goose Lake)
  • Jackie McChesney (Labyrinth of Night Sweet Dream)

Hosted by Lady Elizabeth Comena (Brigitte Gall) with musical performance by Jazz Kitchen

Dusk Dances Haliburton is a part of Haliburton County Community Co-operative

  • Band starts at 7:00 PM
  • Dances start at 7:30 PM
  • Head Lake Park is located in the village of Haliburton, just off of York Street.
  • More info: 705-457-3555
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Work of Art Dusk Dancers

Dusk Dances is a not-for-profit organization which has been developing communities by bringing dance to public parks and urban communities for the last 17 years. They count on the assistance of volunteers throughout the entire festival and admission to events is by donation. Every year Dusk Dances introduces audiences of all ages to the art form of dance, and engages over fifty dance artists from across Ontario. The festival promotes cultural diversity and integrates the performing arts into our day-to-day lives.

Dusk Dances is an out of doors dancing festival that offers high quality contemporary and traditional dance to the following areas and public parks.

Dusk Dances features an variety of choreographic works presented every evening at sunset. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents to five eclectic dancing pieces that spread in different areas of the park.

Choreographers from different backgrounds are commissioned to produce a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a sociable cultural one as well.

Dance Schedule

Dusk Dance Schedule

Rain to Shine

Dusk Dances almost never cancels a show in advance of the start time due to lousy weather. All of their artists and volunteers are present at the event (even if it’s raining), and should the clouds move on, then the sun starts to shine, and it’s safe to perform, it’s a go.

Dusk Dance Mandate

Bring dance to the community by making it accessible physically (venue is a public space), financially (admission is pay what you can), and artistically (programming is diverse, for all tastes and ages). Their mandate as presenters is to give choreographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional dance venue, in front of a large and mostly new audience.

Dusk Dances is a member of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Candance network.

Get Out to the Haliburton Dusk Dance

Get Out and Enjoy the Haliburton Dance

In 2008, David Danzon resigned as Co Artistic Director and Sylvie Bouchard was made Festival Director of Dusk Dances Inc.

In 2009, Dusk Dances initiated an intriguing new project: for the next four years, the festival will work closely with co-presenting partners and communities across the GTA, with an aim to build capacity in under served GTA neighborhoods.

In 2010, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Dusk Dances and their licensing initiative began its pilot phase, allowing communities around the Province to license Dusk Dances, and learn how to produce the event in their own community setting, (like us here in the Haliburton Highlands).

As the festival grows, they strive to uncover new ways to push the boundaries of the art form, to challenge choreographers artistically, and to make the event more visible and much more popular.

So while on vacation in the Haliburton Highlands make sure you plan a least one evening to take in the dance, you’ve got 4 evenings to take in the dance and don’t go looking for tickets, it’s by donation.

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Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.

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