CANADA DANCE FESTIVAL CONCLUDES TO RAVE REVIEWS
Ottawa, June 13, 2006 – The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) ended on Saturday evening with the
sublime performance of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s tribute to choreographer James Kudelka.
Attendance reached 11,000 people over 9 days, including some sold-out shows; this rising public
interest was also manifested by a 28% increase in the number of passes sold, and more free outdoor
performances and family programming than in the last few years.
“We met our expectations to present to the Ottawa community a full complement of festival
programming. This Festival was all about encountering each other – artists and audience – and that
was a huge success. The CDF performances mesmerized audiences in the indoor venues and in the
streets. I’ve never seen so many standing ovations at the festival,” commented the Festival’s Artistic
Producer, Brian Webb.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES REACH WIDE AUDIENCE
Over 60 performances were presented at the National Arts Centre Studio and Theatre, La Nouvelle
Scène, Arts Court, as well as at various outdoor venues. The Festival presented 35 artistic groups,
which involved 300 artists. Attendance increased, with sold-out performances, notably those of Sylvie
Desrosiers, Chimera Project/Rubberbandance Group, EDAM, Natasha Bakht, as well as the closing
performance of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, featuring Daniel Taylor. “The Festival program
featured dance that is emerging on the international scene and proved just how rich the Canadian talent
base is,” added Webb.
Attendance to the Environmental Encounters series, which presented free outdoor performances by
Paul-André Fortier, CORPUS, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Grasshoppa Dance Exchange, and the
Purple Pirate, reached 4,500. “This is very exciting, because we engaged an unsuspecting public as
they went about in their daily lives,” said Brian Webb.
More national meetings were held during the Festival than ever before, which speaks to the success of
the Festival in attracting major players of the dance community. Seven groups were present at the
Festival: Dance Medicine Conference; Canadian Dance Assembly (conference and AGM), CanDance
Network, La danse sur la route du Québec, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Preprofessional
Contemporary Dance Training Programs, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Department of Canadian
As well, over 40 Canadian and foreign presenters (US, Germany, Belgium, UK, France) attended the
Festival, with a view to presenting these performances in their own festivals or series. The Canada
Dance Festival is a prized showcase of contemporary dance, which is a premium cultural export.
Indeed, Daniel Léveillé and Daniel Taylor returned from Europe to perform at the Festival, while Paul-
André Fortier, who premiered his Solo 30 x 30 – the greatest international coproduction the Festival has
yet welcomed – in Newcastle (UK) and Nancy (France) continues his tour in Japan this week. Red Sky
Performance (an international coproduction with Australia) travels to Australia, while Sylvain Émard
Danse will be performing in France, the UK and the Netherlands this fall.