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Guelph Dance Festival: Youth Moves

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Colouring, Caroulsel Dance Company, photo by Tim Uttley

Presented By Guelph Dance:

Dancers under the age of 19 take the stage with rich and playful contemporary works. Come and see the latest work from seven Ontario dance schools.

The Guelph Youth Dance Company
The Four Seasons Project: WINTER 2018
Choreographer: Lacey Smith
Director: Miko Sobreira

Envisioned by Dasein Dance, four youth groups from four cities will collectively create a reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Guelph Youth Dance Company has collaborated to bring the rich layers, textures and images of the winter movement to life.

Julia Garlisi
Bildungsroman 2017
Choreographed: Julia Garlisi

This piece explores the emotional growth and spiritual journey of a young woman transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Set to the music by Anges Obel, this highly dynamic solo dance blends moments of personal struggle with the perseverance of the human spirit.

YMI Dancing
Girl Interrupted 2012
Choreographer: Bethany Litner

Inspired by the novel by Susanna Kaysen, this piece explores the issue of mental health within society, predominately amongst young women. Within the piece, the dancers express what it feels like to be affected and overcome by emotion, as well as the importance of supporting others who are undergoing the same internal struggles.

CSD Dance Company, Contemporary School of Dance
Be The Change 2018
Choreographer: Georgina Rombough

The music motivates the choreography and inspires movement that embodies giving and receiving, caring and understanding, hope and peace. We highlight the struggles and conflicts in society, as we promote being the change and not just waiting for the change!

Swansea School of Dance
Shoalmates 2015
Choreographer: Christy Stoeten

“Shoalmates” playfully ponders the shoaling and schooling patterns of fish.

Dasein Dance Young Company
From Darkness 2018
Choreographer: Lacey Smith

Inspired by Gregorio Allegri’s stunning Miserere Mei, “From Darkness” explores the idea that light can only be found in darkness. Sometimes one must bury her/himself in darkness to cultivate light.

Carousel Dance Company
Colouring 2017
Choreographer: Ken Pham

Dedicated to a friend, “Colouring” explores the difficulties of mental health in a toxic relationship from one person’s perspective. Unaware of the reflections we’ve created of ourselves within all the people we meet who are trying to help.

For the full schedule of Festival events and programming details, visit guelphdance.ca/festival/

Advance ticket pricing available until May 25. Regular pricing starts May 26.

eyeGO price not available online – call the Box Office to order.

Everyone must have a ticket, including infants and children.