The 29th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance (Jul 6-15) continues to push the frontiers of contemporary dance in Vancouver. Featuring over twenty-five choreographers and over eighty dance artists, here are five shows we think you should check out:

1Oath-Midnight Rain

This year’s festival open with Oath-Midnight Rain (Jul 6 & 7), from one of the leading professional modern dance company in China, Beijing. from Modern Dance Company choreographer Gao Yanjinzi comes an exploration of Buddhist Samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth and the luminal moment between night and day, between black and white, between ending and beginning.

2No Fun

Montreal-based company Helen Simard will close the festival with No Fun (Jul 14 & 15), a rockstravaganza and interdisciplinary dance piece based on the music and movement of legendary punk icon Iggy Pop.

3Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

A crew of young dancers will elevate the art of “getting to the other side” in Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (Ongoing). Designed to increase the visibility of contemporary dance, each weekend day through the festival, crosswalks in various Vancouver locations will turn into stages for 15 minutes at a time, as dancers bring choreography to the streets.

4Unwrapping Culture

In Unwrapping Culture (Jul 12-14) Canada’s Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Thailand’s Pichet Klunchun come together combining the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of traditional Thai khon in an exploration of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization.

5In Sights

Another site-specific piece, Insight (Jul 7 & 8) explores public spaces through the lens of difference and adaptability. The All Bodies Dance Project is a Vancouver-based dance group bringing together artists with and without disabilities to explore movement as a means of creative expression.

The 2017 Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance takes place at various locations around Vancouver from July 6-15. Visit for tickets and information.