#20YearsInWithrowPark Memory 5/20, shared by dancer and performer @yourlocalweddingofficiant I've performed in Withrow in 9 pieces over 11 years. The first week of August 2014, I moved onto Strathcona Ave. The best was skipping past ye olde changing tent to get ready for 'Incandescent' in the bathroom of our still unpacked apartment, then running back into the dusk to dance. When we did 'Waving is Funny' in 2018, I stepped out my front door one morning and my neighbours started waving and shouting Hi Molly!. We'd never really spoken before but they'd seen me perform and found my bio. Dancing in the park is my favourite icebreaker. Photo: Waving is Funny, by Tina Fushell. Photo by @photojoecanada.
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#20YearsInWithrowPark Memory 4/20, shared by @irismooninthecity, Dusk Dances loyal volunteer, performer and former Board Member. . I have so many beautiful memories from Dusk Dances! Before I became a volunteer, board member, or performer in Dusk Dances, my family and I attended the festival religiously in Withrow Park. In 2009 we fell in love with @throwdowncollective’s One Couch and would attend every night, situating ourselves in the front row for this piece, and earning ourselves the title of SUPERFANS. Here are my children and me on one of those nights, with the dancers themselves. . 📷: photo archive of Andrea Konarzewski.
#20YearsInWithrowPark . Memory 3/20, shared by @julie_dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth. . Every year Dusk Dances makes me see our park in a new way: our rink, picnic tables, basketball courts, and favourite trees become a place for memorable dances. One of my best memories is taking my kids to see the wading pool dance, which was full of splashing and surprises. I can't wait to see all of you back in the park! . 📷: Photo archive of Julie Dabrusin.
Join us and Dusk Dances Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard next Wednesday, May 27 from 2pm to 3:30pm EST for the Arts in Site - MiBC- Dance on Tour Online Symposium, for a conversation about site specific dance creations and work. Thank you for the invitation @mibcdanceontour . Photo: courtesy of Made in BC - Dance on Tour.
#20YearsInWithrowPark . Memory 2/20, shared by dancer and choreographer Meredith Thompson. . I’m going all the way back to my first Dusk Dances in Withrow Park. 2007. Lydia Wagerer’s Shift Dissolution. When and where I first danced with one of my now nearest and dearests, @themollyjohnson. Here we are after shoveling dirt from our site, along with another dear friend and dance artist, Mairéad Filgate. . 📷: Meredith Thompson, Molly Johnson and Mairéad Filgate. Photo archive of Meredith Thompson.
While we are waiting for summer to come, and for the City and Province to announce next steps, enjoy this beautiful throwback of Carmen Romero's stunning performance in May I Join You? at Withrow Park in 2013. . Dusk Dances will be present for you this summer, live or online. We are in the process of figuring out the details. . Stay tuned!
#20YearsInWithrowPark . Memory 1/20, shared by our Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard. . Opening night, Dusk Dances Withrow Park 2011. Just as the band finishes to play, it begins to rain. Not strongly, but constantly. I quickly begin to speak with the choreographers and @mahkemahke tells me: If you want 'The Horologium' to go on, it has to be presented now because of the fabric (the piece was supposed to the third). We moved from the band to 'The Horologium', and then presented all five pieces that night, under drizzling rain, in a completely different order than they were supposed to be seen. We moved sound systems, spoke to artists and planned our next move while pieces were being performed. There were 400 audience members, with umbrellas. The tech team was AMAZING, it was absolutely crazy.... and so very beautiful!!!! . 📷 The Horologium, by @mahkemahke. Photo by Joseph Michael Photography.
Dusk Dances' Production Team is wishing you a great weekend! . Even though our licensed events have been cancelled, we are continuing to plan Dusk Dances 2020 this August in Toronto, at Withrow Park or on-line, depending on measures announced. . Follow us on social media to learn about our 2020 plans first-hand.