Last week, I went to Dusk Dances, in Earlscourt Park. I was excited to go back to Earlscourt, as I’d spent tons of time, as a child, playing there. My daycare used to make us trek from Bathurst and St. Clair to play in the pool at Earlscourt and play in the park. A bunch of my friends from Elementary School lived in the area, so I was happy that the Dusk Dances I was able to catch was at this particular park.
Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival “that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. Dusk Dances features an array of choreographic works presented every night at sunset. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience — which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents — to five eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Choreographers from various backgrounds are commissioned to create a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well.”
The night was awesome and I was able to see a lot of really interesting performances. There were a ton of people there, many of whom joined the group of audience members traveling around the park midway through the night. The park was full of music and activity and the community seemed really happy to be participating. Look out for a NAN video series video focusing on Dusk Dances, which should be coming out in the next week.