Naishi Wang, Yuichiro Inoue and Pulga Muchochoma. Photo by John Lauener



The 25th annual Dusk Dances Festival returns to Withrow Park this summer with another week of exquisite dance works from Canada’s finest dance makers!

With FREE Square Dance workshops with professional caller Hannah Shira-Naiman, accompanied by live music:


- Milty’s Thirsty Jug Benders (August 4 & 11, 2019)
- Hop High Lowdowners (Aug 7, 8 & 10, 2019)
- Square Peg Stringband (Aug 5, 6 & 9, 2019)

* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).


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.

Space Within Us

Choreography and performance by Yuichiro Inoue,
Pulga Muchochoma and Naishi Wang

Original composition: Sarah Shugarman
Costumes: Yuichiro Inoue, Pulga Muchochoma and Naishi Wang
Creative facilitator and advisor: Marie-Josée Chartier

Do our individual perspectives change if we are in a space together? Connections come and go as we discover the truth within our body and mind through various paths. The goals of the movement that connects us, where our decisions influence one another, are based on three basic changes: rhythm changes, movement changes, and life changes. As we make movement choices, we also accept that those choices change on a daily basis. However, we cannot change the truth that lives in our body. Being free to share our experiences is what makes us who we are.

We would like to thank Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Shugarman, Ivy Wang and Natasha Powell for their artistic contribution and their help making this project come through. Big Thanks to Sylvie Bouchard for inviting us to be a part of Dusk Dances 2019.

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.


Choreography by Meredith Thompson

Performance: Jennifer Aldridge, Michael Baboolal, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Tallis Coleman, Felicity Cormier, Leslie Dupuy, Phoebe Dupuy-Wycks, Jin Fengzhen, Heddy Graterol, Dylan Jardine-Wong, Parool Joshi, Alison Keery, Andrea Konarzewski, Marie Kranz, Livia Laverde, Gavin Law, Shery Leeder, Vivien Leong, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Angie Morera, Janet Murchison, Marnie Pertsinidis, Geneviève Proulx, Uma Roberts, Abigail Rosas, Ann Rosenfield, Kimball Sarin, Laura Schein, Sanora Souphommanychanh, Eva Teece-Soter, Jenna Teece-Soter, Darlene Treen, Ellaweise Verbrugge, Andy Wang, Helen Wang, Brendan Wyatt, Noriko Yamamoto and Allen Yao
Original music: Robbie Grunwald
Costume consultant: Tina Fushell
Outside eye: Sylvie Bouchard

Day to day, and moment to moment, we exist and live suspended by ten thousand threads of connection and interdependence. Whether we like to think so or not, we don’t accomplish anything in this world alone. Imprint is an acknowledgement of this interconnectivity and the many weavings of our lives.

Thank-you Andrea Konarzewski and the Friends of Withrow Park, John Campey and the Ralph Thornton Community Centre, Pat Biros and the Toronto Public Library Pape/Danforth Branch, and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Thank-you Sylvie Bouchard and Dusk Dances, for the invitation to create this work and your continued support. Thank-you Robbie, Mairéad, Molly, Tina and Alison.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.

Follow Me

Mix Mix Dance Collective
Choreography arranged by Emily Law & Ashley Perez
with input from the performers

Performance: Kristine Flores, Caroline Fraser, Emily Law, Ashley Perez and Sarah Tumaliuan
Music: Classic Roots, Brighter Days by Cashmere, Rej by Techno Marching Band

Follow Me was created for the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan, where Mix Mix Dance Collective was selected to be part of Team Canada as part of the cultural component! Their motivation for competing in the games was to celebrate the excellence in artistry, athleticism, and expression Canada has to offer. The work has been performed at Guelph Dance Festival, Fall For Dance North, and Winterlude.

A remount and a Dusk Dances premiere.

Moving Parts

Fujiwara Dance Inventions
Choreography and direction by Denise Fujiwara

Performance: Sylvie Bouchard, Jen Hum, Jillian Peever, Lucy Rupert, Miko Sobreira, Brodie Stevenson, Rebecca Hope Terry and Gerry Trentham*
Music direction and song arrangements: Phil Strong & Laurel MacDonald
Song and composer credits: Mad World - Roland Orzabal (1983); 911 for Peace - Anti-Flag, Patrick Christian Bollinger, Justin Cathal Geever, Christopher Lee Barker, Christopher Mark Head; Here Comes the Change - Drew Pearson, Kesha Sebert, Stephen Wrabel
Choir leader: Cathy Nosaty
Bass: David Woodhead
    • High section: Lilan Chao, Jennifer Kim, Kathleen Kraft, Anna MacLean, Shayna Robinson, Kit Simmons, Susan Slottow, Jennifer Wakefield and Cheryl Zinyk
    • Middle section: Ruth Danziger, Colleen Didur, Keira Forde, Carolyn Heath, Jane Hegarty, Solange Iche Chun, Beverly Kreller, Holly Nimmons, Shirley Roll, Glenna Sims, Yen Trinh and Jennifer Watkins
    • Low section: Robbie Ahmed, Catherine Crowe, Howard Druckman, Tom Moss Gamblin, Johanne Pulker and Evan Webber
Stage manager: Tara Mohan
Costume designer: Andjelija Djuric
Aikido Sensei: Greg Angus, Naka Ima Aikikai
Voice Teacher: Katherine Duncanson

We find the world in difficult times, where people are becoming increasingly polarized, taking sides with rancour and falling for simplistic solutions. We are curious about how to embrace complexity with skill and grace, and how to stay open, kind and uplifted in the midst of turbulent times. With Moving Parts, we are investigating these questions with a moving choir and singing dancers.

*Original cast of Mad World included Lauren Gillis, Alaine Hutton, Claudia Moore and Lacey Smith (2017).

Special thank you to Mimi Beck and DanceWorks, Katherine Duncanson, CCDT, Dusk Dances, and our intrepid Board of Directors.

A remount and a Dusk Dances premiere.






Sunday August 4th

7:00 PM - FREE Square Dance workshop with live music begins

7:30 PM - Dance performances begin


Monday August 5th to Sunday August 11th

7:00 PM - FREE Square Dance workshop with live music begins

7:30 PM - Dance performances begin


Sunday August 11th

2:00 PM - FREE Square Dance workshop with live music begins

2:30 PM - Dance performances begin


$15.00 per person suggested



Withrow Park is located south of Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw in Toronto, ON. Closest TTC subway station: Chester.


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