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September 23–25, 2021, 7:30pm

Canadian Stage, High Park Amphitheatre

Live Performances

Our 2021 edition of d:mic/fac celebrates the Toronto’s vibrant contemporary dance scene via exciting new partnerships, places and formats. What a joy to see a “dream” program come to life with five stellar dance artists, in a shared program, illuminating the Dream in High Park amphitheatre, through the generous collaboration of Canadian Stage. Real. Live. Dance. in an extraordinary, natural setting!

There’s a big, wonderful breadth of gifted artists in Toronto. This year at d:mic/fac, we invite you to go on your own artistic search to discover more.

We’ve enriched the Festival experience for you in other ways too… with an onsite community exhibition, online dance film screenings and – listen closely – a new podcast series, The ‘D’ Word with hosts, Britta B. and Mingjia Chen. It’s an audio experience that exposes the ways in which the world is affected by dance and movement, another powerful reminder of how fundamental it is in our lives.

This year, we’re thrilled to find new and generous partnerships with Canadian Stage and with Theatre Passe Muraille for equally valuable indoor rehearsal space. We continue to celebrate existing partnerships, one of the most profound being with the land we work on and those who cared for it before us.

We’re all relearning how to be and how to re-make the world. The importance of authentic partnerships and community-building has never been clearer. In this discombobulated time, a precious gift we all can savour is once again sharing powerful artistic experiences together.

– Yvonne Ng, Artistic & Co-Festival Director, with Co-Festival Directors, Janelle Rainville and Jeff Morris

Blue Ceiling Dance

standing on fishes

“standing on fishes” is a dance about constant change, irrepressible movement and the oddness of looking forward and backward in time at once.

Kendra Epik

Alexa, Play a Sad Song

Technology is evolving exponentially; it is becoming evident that the possibilities within the human condition are limitless, and the adaptation of human emotion by artificial intelligence is at the precipice. Does this make them more or less human?

Lua Shayenne Dance Company


WAVES | VAGUES is a new work of dance, song, music and words that addresses power structures and takes an honest look at the arduous road to justice and unity.

Patricia Beatty

The High Heart

Her last piece of choreography, The High Heart, was Patricia Beatty’s final feminist statement.

SaMel Tanz

Enter the Avatar State

SaMel Tanz presents “Enter the Avatar State”, a journey of channeling the 4 earth elements through a dynamic collaboration of contemporary and hip hop movement.

Tickets for the Live Performances in High Park are Pay-What-You-Wish!

There is limited capacity for live performances due to the ongoing pandemic. As the province moves into Step 3 of re-opening, the capacity of the venue will slowly increase. To safely welcome more guests to the park, we have updated our ticketing structure. This new ticketing structure is still built with safety in mind, and we will continue to operate at significantly less than the provincially regulated 75% capacity.

Check back as tickets will continue to be released over the weeks leading up to the festival.


The 2021 edition of the dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival is presented in partnership with Canadian Stage

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The 2021 edition of the dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival is supported by:

  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Toronto Arts Council
  • Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation
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