The Dance Seen

What a whirlwind this summer has been! Between Fuse Festival on Canada Day, the Jazz Festival and the Creative Music Workshop, a huge Halifax Pride Celebration and more, the city seems to have (ahem excuse the tactless pun) exploded with exciting events! We sure know how to jam a year’s worth of fun into the short 2 month summer we’re blessed with!
It’s hard to imagine fitting anything else into the rest of the summer but I can see this one as a sure hit on your list.
FODAR. Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal will happen just as the Tall Ships sail past the sleepy village on August 15-19. I have to wonder if the producers meant for the name to sound so much like FOMO? In any case when I wasn’t able to attend last year I had so MUCH FOMO for FODAR

I was lucky enough to catch the program 2 years ago and was delighted by the top level talent flown in for our enjoyment. I have to say, half of the delight was the simple pleasure of taking a day trip out of the bustling city into a picturesque one road town to take it all in at King’s theatre.

Micheal Caldwell and Louis Laberge-Côté in “Boys will be Men”                                                                                  Photo: Cylla Vontiedemann

This year the programming will echo the common 2017 theme with its culturally diverse line up including Flamenco (our beloved Maria Osend and Megan Matheson Hamilton take the stage as a feisty duo) and Indigenous Hoop Dancing by Barbara Diabo. To kick off the festival FODAR will host a screening of the exciting new documentary Mr. Gaga . One of the premiere talents in contemporary dance work and hailing from Israel, the film follows the life and captures the choreographic process of Ohad Naharin and his company Batsheva Dance.
Sara Porter does a Solo will represent the woman as an artist and parent, with a combination of stand up comedy, story telling, memory reflection and contemporary movement while Lighted Rooms will represent an older generation and their memories and stories as the “Angels” take the stage following their debut in “The Company of Angels”

Sacred Garden is a remounted choreography from the 80s and Boys will be Men dissect what it is to be male through a physical duet.
From Tuesday to Saturday choose either Program 1 or Program 2 or do the overnight experience to enjoy a little dancecation!
In addition to the shows, there will be a flamenco workshop by the beautiful Maria Osende in the new Annapolis Royal amphitheatre at 11am on Aug 18. Learn hand movements and exciting foot rhythms as she leads you through the basics of Flamenco.

Annapolis Royal Ampitheatre

Trust me, you’ll be happy to get out of all the hustle and bustle to just relax by the bay and take in an evening of dance. Don’t risk a case of FOMO for FODAR this summer.

Sara Porter in: “Sara does a Solo”.                                                                                                   Photo: Omer K Yukseker

Program, tickets and show times at

PROGRAM ONE or TWO  $22 Regular/ $12 Youth (18 and under)

8pm/Tuesday/15 Aug/2017
2pm Wednesday/16 Aug/2017 & 8pm/ Friday/ 18 Aug/2017
Program TWO
8pm Thursday/17 Aug/2017 & 8pm Saturday/19 Aug/2017