Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (August 21 – 24)
Sold-out performances in 2013 of award-winning choreographer Randy Glynnâ€™s acclaimed â€œDancing in the Third Actâ€ have now morphed into a four-day contemporary dance festival. â€œFestival of Dance Annapolis Royalâ€ (FODAR) runs August 21 through 24 at Kingâ€™s Theatre. FODAR features performances by locally-based Company of Angels, Mocean Dance of Halifax, and Torontoâ€™s JD Dance. The event is, in fact, a festival within a festival, running as part of â€œARTs Unleashed!â€, an arts festival running from August 16 through 24 in Annapolis Royal.
FODAR began last year when Glynn created a new work for twelve area seniors – all of whom were untrained in dance.Â â€œDancing in the Third Actâ€ received major regional and national coverage including a review in Dance International Magazine. This year, in addition to performances at FODAR, the production will also open Montrealâ€™s â€œQuartiers Danse Festivalâ€ in September and the â€œAtlantic Dance Festivalâ€ in Moncton in October. The production was also invited to the â€œElixir Festivalâ€ across the Pond at Londonâ€™s Sadlerâ€™s Wells.Â Unfortunately other commitments intervened.
Glynnâ€™s newest work â€œTeen Angelâ€ will open FODAR on Thursday, August 21.Â Also on the program that evening will be Mocean Danceâ€™s â€œCanvas 5 X 5â€.Â Friday evening will feature â€œDancing in the Third Actâ€, as well as JD Dance performing â€œArmy of Barbieâ€ and â€œA Markâ€. Thursday and Fridayâ€™s performances repeat on Saturday and Sunday.
Find more information on â€œFestival of Dance Annapolis Royalâ€ at FODAR.ca. Tickets are on sale now at Kingâ€™s Theatre Box Office, 209 St. George Street; by phone at 902-532-7704; or online at kingstheatre.ca.
Dancers: Ben Kroker (Wolfville), Maggie-Rene Grundy-Glynn (Granville Ferry)
Photo by: Nathaniel Tileston