Annual Alberta Dance Festival

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Dance & The Image

33nd Annual Alberta Dance Festival


Week One | September 11, 12, 13, 2014 | 8pm

Choreographers: Amanda Acorn, Jessie Garon, Jen Mahood, Zahra Sahab, Sophia Wright


Week Two | September 12, 19, 20, 2014 | 8pm

Choreographers: Serenella Argueta, Chelci Blais, Oriana Pagnotta, Pam Tzeng

Thursday evenings: Opening night post-show receptions
Saturday evenings: Inside the Dance post-show conversation series

DSW’s annual favourite, two-weekend festival features nine fresh contemporary dances from 11 Alberta choreographers. The artists delve into dramatic impulse and compulsion, inspired by profound images such as Alex Colville’s “Berlin Bus”, a family’s portrait of grandmother Tilly as a child and others.   The production follows the week long Creative Intensive in which the choreographers dive deeply into their pieces with Artistic Direction by Davida Monk and the Dance Action Group.  This program of works showcases the dynamic dance and talent of emerging and established choreographers here in Alberta.


“Artistic Worlds Collide for choreographers at Alberta Dance Festival” – Calgary Herald article by Stephen Hunt

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“…a feast of new work to enjoy” – read the Fast Forward Weekly article by Cadence Mandybura

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2-Ticket Festival Passes are available for just $40 Adults | $30 Students.
See each week’s program, or come twice to the same week – how you use it is up to you*.

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*Festival Passes are good for any 2 single tickets to different performance nights, and are available for purchase until Sat. Sept 7th. Adults save 20% on Festival Pass as compared to door prices, and students save 40%. Earlybird single ticket prices end at midnight the Friday before show week for each week of the Festival.


Junkyard Symphony Experiment Aug 24th!

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Date & Time: August 24th 2pm

We are always interested in the research and creation of dance, and we’ve partnered with our friends at TELUS Spark to give you a chance to become a part of the dance-making too!


Presentation Theatre, TELUS Spark (220 St. George’s Dr NE)


Take a pile of junkyard trash, electronic mixers and a recording microphone. Mix in contemporary dancers looking for inspiration and a brave audience willing to make noise. Welcome to the junkyard symphony.


Choreographer jill henis and Dancers’ Studio West want TELUS Spark visitors to participate in the creation of a new dance work. On August LOGO_Blue_TAG24th at 2pm, jill andher dancers invite their audience to create experimental soundscapes in response to their movement. This one of a kind pilot project offers a chance to participate in the creative practice of one of Canada’s emerging contemporary dance choreographers.

This special event will also include a brief presentation by Artistic Director Davida Monk and the exhibit developers of TELUS Spark.