Guelph Dance Seeks Support in Preparation for Festival May 31 to June 2

Written by Guelph Dance Staff

The 26th annual Guelph Dance Festival is happening May 31 to June 2, 2024! Guelph Dance is pleased to present a dynamic range of marvellous artists for compelling performances and uniquely engaging workshops. 

While Guelph Dance is excited to bring this much loved event to the community, they are facing a critical funding challenge. After more than 20 years of support from the City of Guelph, Guelph Dance has been informed just four weeks before the festival that its operational funding has not been granted. 

In light of this unexpected financial shortfall, Guelph Dance is urgently appealing to the broader Guelph community to offer financial support as it prepares to host the 26th edition of this amazing festival. Financial support is needed now more than ever to raise $12,000 to ensure that programming runs smoothly. Guelph Dance is encouraging support in the way of donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, and volunteering. 

Despite the unforeseen challenge, the festival is thrilled to welcome artists from across Canada to Guelph for the weekend as well as share the work of local artists! Audiences can expect a range of diverse dance forms to be showcased at the festival. 

Moving Parts by Toronto’s Fujiwara Dance Inventions with the local Guelph Chamber Choir for the audience favourite IN THE PARK series, is happening May 31 at 7 PM and June 1 and 2 at 12 PM. FakeKnot’s Ralph Escamillan, queer Canadian-Filipinx performance artist from Vancouver will also be performing at Exhibition Park. Jera Wolfe, who you may recognize from the festival poster, will be performing alongside poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine! Tanveer Alam from Toronto will be presenting a lively trio of Kathak dancers. Donations will be accepted at the IN THE PARK series, donations of $25 and more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. 

Be sure to purchase tickets or a festival pass to the following events, you don’t want to miss these artists in action! 

Jillian Peever will be performing a striking solo with choreography by Sasha Ivanochko on June 1 at 4 PM at the University of Guelph, MacKinnon Building for the new IN THE LAB series. 

At River Run Centre, Tentacle Tribe will be sharing their critically acclaimed work Ghost for the ON THE STAGE series, happening June 1 at 8 PM.

The IN THE STUDIO series will feature Kitchener’s Tara Butler, Guelph Dance’s 2023/24 Artist in Residence, who will be sharing a work in progress titled It Falls With the Rain at Guelph Youth Dance Studios on June 2 at 3:30 PM. 

Audiences are invited to the Festival Party on Saturday June 1 at artBar with DJs Gury Gury and Tarek! Starting at 9:30 PM. 

Those who are able to donate in advance of the festival can do so through Canada Helps. Guelph Dance strives to offer accessible events to everyone in the community by pricing tickets on a sliding scale. Other events are pay-what-you-can donation based, including the IN THE PARK series and workshops. This means they rely on donors to help continue offering accessible programming. 

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event are asked to contact [email protected]. Businesses receive visibility at the events and online platforms. Donations of small goods and gift cards can also be included in the hospitality packages that are distributed to all artists who visit Guelph to share their work from across Canada. 

Those interested in volunteering can visit guelphdance.ca to find out about opportunities to get involved. 

From THE LAB to THE STAGE, from THE PARK to THE STUDIO, experience the magic of movement in every corner at the 26th annual Guelph Dance Festival. Visit guelphdance.ca for the festival schedule, tickets, and more information on how to support!

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