The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) invites all Canadians to participate in the numerous activities taking place across the country during International Dance Day, 2010. CDA members will host an array of performances, workshops and activities to promote the art of dance to the public. On the heels of the Cultural Olympiad, let us continue the momentum of spirited celebration and embrace the abundance of talent within our borders!
Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute (http://iti.unesco.org), International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Every year, an international message authored by a well-known dance personality is circulated around the world as part of International Dance Day celebrations. Additionally, since 2005,
the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the UNESCO message.
This year, the Canadian Dance Assembly has invited award winning dancer-choreographer Crystal Pite to author the International Dance Day message. Pite has received critical acclaim both in Canada and abroad and is known as one of Canada’s most innovative and exciting choreographers. Pite’s message speaks to the nature of dance that lives in us all; she invites us to delight in our existence and “to be danced by experience”.
“On April 29th, we invite you to celebrate International Dance Day. You are dancers, all of you. Life moves you; life dances you. To dance is to investigate and celebrate the experience of being alive. Like life, a dance creates and destroys itself in every moment. Like love, it is beyond reason. Ephemeral as breath, concrete as bone, dance is made of you. You sculpt space. You write with your body in a wordless language that is deeply understood. You grace the space within and around you when you dance. Force, trajectory, inertia, and recovery: dancing is a ride, a duet between your instinct and imagination. To dance is to heighten your experience of the present moment. Your body is your location – when you dance, you are profoundly engaged in being there. To dance is to feel the resonance of your life, to delight in your existence. To be human is to be danced by experience, energy and emotion. On International Dance Day, let’s celebrate the life that moves us.”
The International Dance Day Message, commissioned by ITI – UNESCO, has been written this year by Julio Bocca. Julio has been a guest artist with major ballet companies around the world; he is the recipient of numerous awards and currently is director of Ballet Argentino which he founded in 1990. His message is as follows:
“Dance is discipline, work, teaching, communication. With it we save words that perhaps others would not understand and, instead, we establish a universal language familiar to everyone. It gives us pleasure, it makes us free and it comforts us from the impossibility we humans have to fly like birds, bringing us closer to heaven, to the sacred, to the infinite. It is a sublime art, different each time, so much like making love that at the end of each performance it leaves our heart beating very hard and looking forward to the next time.”
The following provides an overview of some of the highlighted activities taking place in celebration of International
Dance Day. Also, new this year, be sure to check out the International Dance Day – Canada Facebook page; become
a fan of dance!
DanceTO proudly presents an afternoon of free dance activities at Yonge-Dundas Square May 2 between 1-5pm to mark International Dance Day. The show will feature b-boy battles, capoeira matches, Nia demonstrations, contemporary choreography, belly dancing, ballroom lessons, hip hop routines, dance-theatre shows, African dance, and more. Situated in the open heart of Toronto, this special public event offers an eye-opening and interactive experience, highlighting Toronto’s rich, diverse and inclusive dance community. This event is fun for all and everyone is encouraged to participate! For further details on this event visit www.danceumbrella.net/idd.htm.
The Dance Ontario Youth Board has organized a unique performance that will take place at the Toronto Pearson airport,
Terminal 1 on April 29. There will also be many performances taking place in and around Ontario during this time, please
check the Dance Ontario website for information on upcoming shows www.danceontario.ca.