In the heart of Withrow Park on the Danforth, Dusk Dances takes you on a stroll to witness 5 dance performances in 5 different locations within the park. Now in its 18th season, this outdoor festival began as a way to bring dance in all its forms, style and genres to the public.
Audiences are invited on a pay what you can basis for this hour and a half experience. So I grabbed my place on the grass, beside my neighbours and their little dogs too, to enjoy what was literally a ‘dance journey’.
Dusk Dances features a range of performances every night at sunset. As dusk descends, the host leads the audiences throughout the park to experience a diverse selection of ten minute dances inspired by the park’s natural environment. We started with a traditional Indian dance by a woman with bells on her magic feet, followed by some bizarre rugby inspired dance, to a traditional African dance complete with live drums. We then moved over to a modern dance on what was virtually a slip and slide under fairy lights. The ended with ‘the nightmare’ which involved two dancers mirroring each other while creepy things were displayed on the screen. Perfect timing as it was dark and a spooky which I enjoyed but I’m sure trying to get all of those kids in the audience that night wasn’t a lot of fun.