Kaitlin Standeven and Brendan Wyatt in Julia Aplin's Onward Ho, My Love. Photo: David Wong

Dusk Dances Barrie
is presented by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers


In 2019, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers celebrates its 10th season, as a not-for-profit professional dance ensemble serving the region of Simcoe County.


With FREE dance workshops every night:
- Thursday August 15th: BellyDance with Nicole Welsh of Cairo’s Jewels BellyDance
- Friday August 16th: Movement Improvisation with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
- Saturday August 17th: Bhangra with Karandeep Singh of Bhangra Crew Ontario
- Sunday August 18th: Contemporary with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers


Choreography by Hanna Kiel

Performance: Michael Baboolal, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Mairi Greig, Gavin Law
and Brendan Wyatt
Music: Let's Stay Together by Al Green, NNNCCCCRRHH by SHXCXCHCXSH, Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
Costumes: Cara Johnson
Rehearsal director: Natasha Poon Woo

Why do we feel how we feel? Love makes us act in certain ways. Fall explores the emotional roller coaster of falling in love!

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.

Dusk Society

Choreography by Rhodnie DÉsir

Performance: Rhodnie Désir
Music composition and performance: Engone Endong
Vocal composition: Rhodnie Désir

In Dusk Society, Désir offers a perspective that is at once sociological, historical and choreographic. Through the piece, Désir examines past and current concerns that have shaped Toronto’s identity, all while creating strong connections with citizens through video and written testimonials collected from the community of festival attendees. In Dusk Society, the choreographer’s body becomes a visual representation of the city’s pulse and an amplifier for the voice of the people.

First premiered as a Dusk Dances commission in 2017.

Onward Ho, My Love

Choreograpy and design by Julia Aplin

Performance: Kaitlin Standeven and Brendan Wyatt
Music: François Bonifay & Marino Marani, Léo Ferré and Edith Piaf
Costumes and set design: Appleberry Ink

Onward Ho, My Love is a long pathway, a journey of sorts that two people have chosen to take together. The journey may be seen as challenging, joyful, sad, funny, elegant, rough, tender, ridiculous, or confusing. The dancers bring their bravery, integrity and humanity to live each moment to the fullest.

Thank you to the original cast Yvonne Ng and Robert Glumbek. Thank you, Dusk Dances, for continuing the journey. Thank you, John, Jenny and Sylvie.

First premiered as a Dusk Dances and Tiger Princess Productions commission in 2012.

A Little Faster, Here We Go

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
Choreography and facilitation by Chrissy King and Shelby Thoms
of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
with contributions from the performers

Performance: Serenity Angel, Casey-Lee Cooper*, Lexi Cooper, Cailyn Fournier, Holly Goulding, Madelyn Grewal, Wendy Hutchinson, Emma Kennedy, Sarah Kennedy, Jenny Keresztesi, Eliza Pinney, Ruby Wessenger*, Sydney Whittaker* and Eligh Zimmerman* (*Apprentice of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers)
Music: Between Dreams by Poolside
Outside eye: Sarah Lochhead of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

A Little Faster, Here We Go explores ideas of community, play and excitement. Together we explore what it means and feels like to grow closer as a community through movement and play.

The time and space to make this dance together as a community was made possible with support from the Ontario Arts Council and The City of Barrie.

A Dusk Dances premiere.

A Flock of Flyers: remix

Choreography by Sylvie Bouchard

Performance: Michael Baboolal, Sylvie Bouchard, Mairi Greig, Gavin Law and Kaitlin Standeven
Sierra Chin Sawdy
Rehearsal director: Meredith Thompson

Due to severe budget cutbacks the 217th Canadian Flying Squadron has been left without planes! Determined to fly at any cost, the flyers continue their regimented training, choreographed to the millimeter, in an imaginary terrestrial airfield.

The role of commander Klack was originally created in close collaboration with Marie-Josée Chartier. A heartfelt thank you to Marie-Josée for giving life to this commandant.

A Flock of Flyers was originally created by Sylvie Bouchard and David Danzon under the Company CORPUS. A Flock of Flyers: remix is an adaptation of this work by Sylvie Bouchard.

First presented at Dusk Dances in 1996.





Thursday August 15th to Sunday August 18th

6:00 PM TO 6:45 PM: FREE dance workshop begins

7:00 PM - Opening live music begins

7:30 PM - Dance performances begin


$10.00 per person suggested



Lampman Lane Park is located at 59 Lampman Lane in Barrie, ON.

More info: 647.618.3240



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