The 23nd Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival, scheduled from July 7– 16th, 2011, continues its legacy of presenting innovative dance where festival artists take their art to the edge.  The 2011 festival once again features outstanding performances that audiences have come to expect from the Edge and that will be found in some unexpected places.

Performances will take place in venues throughout the city – from the flagship location at the Firehall Arts Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park, Crab Park, outside the main branch of the VPL, Victory Square, The Roundhouse and the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Quiet by Arkadi Zaides

Renowned Israeli choreographer Arkadi Zaides will open Dancing on the Edge with his powerful work “Quiet”.  This piece arose in light of the growing violence and mistrust between communities in Israel, constantly subjected to states of shock never allowing the space needed for reflection, and for change.  It creates a place where it is safe to let one’s demons out and set them free; where a broad perspective is sought and where trust is continuously built. Palestinians and Israelis, actors and dancers, nourished the process. The four characters in the piece reveal a landscape which contains aggression, compassion, confusion and yearning for a place that is quiet. This North American premiere is not to be missed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 8pm

Saturday, July 9, 2011 7pm

Quiet by Arkadi Zaides takes place at the Firehall Arts Centre

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Josh Beamish/MOVE: the company

There are 6 different dance works from EDGE One thru EDGE six!


“Allemande”, a work for six dancers that exists as a physical deconstruction of a Bach Cello suite and the accompanying social dances of the Baroque era.

Josh Beamish/MOVE: the company based in Vancouver who travel and perform around the world.

Friday July 8, 2011 7pm

Sunday July 10, 2011  9pm

Firehall Arts Centre

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The Festival includes our dynamically talented Vancouver community as well as companies and dancers from across the country including  Susanna Hood’s one-woman performance of the Vancouver premiere of She’s Gone Away at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Dusk Dances at Queen Elizabeth Park, Aeriosa animating vertical space  at the Vancouver Public Library, along with Dancemakers –  It’s about time: 60 dances in 60 minutes , The 605 Collective, Tara Cheyenne Performance, and Josh Beamish’s Move: The Company to name a few

Single tickets range from $20 – $28, also available are passes:  Flex Pass One – 8 tickets for $165, and Flex Pass Two – 4 tickets for $85.

Tickets, information and a full schedule are available online at or call 604-689-0926