Focus Country Canada

Focus Country Canada

In the context of "Focus Country" Canada at the internationale tanzmesse nrw 2020, the most comprehensive presentation of contemporary dance from Canada to date would have been presented in Germany. In cooperation with and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as the governments of British Columbia and Quebec, the internationale tanzmesse nrw provides an insight into the enormous diversity and quality of contemporary dance from Canada through this digital channel. We would like to thank all artists, curators and partner organizations for an inspiring collaboration.

Bringing Canadian Dance to Germany

Focus Country Canada at Tanzmesse 2020 was set to feature more than 20 Canadian dance artists and groups, showcasing the country’s dynamic and diverse cultural landscape. The event was to coincide with Canada’s role as Guest of Honour at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair.
As the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from gathering in-person for this event, the Canada Council for the Arts encourages you to discover the incredible work of the scheduled Canadian dance artists on this website.
(Canada Council for the Arts)


Out Innerspace Dance Theatre Bygones
Choreography: David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen (British Columbia)

TWObigsteps Collective Livespace
Choreography: Marissa Wong (British Columbia)

Farouche We Talk Disco One Day
Choreography: Felicia Lau, Erika Mitsuhashi, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien (British Columbia)

Choreography: brian solomon (Ontario)

Compagnie Marie Chouinard RADICAL VITALITY
Choreography: Marie Chouinard (Québec)

Erika Mitsuhashi & Francesca Frewer DUST
Choreography: Erika Mitsuhashi & Francesca Frewer (British Columbia)

Choreography: Naulaq LeDrew and Avatâra Ayuso (Ontario/ Nunavut)

Shay Kuebler Radical System Art Epilogos
Choreography: Shay Kuebler (British Columbia)

Dumb Instrument Dance The Odd Volume
Choreography: Ziyian Kwan (British Columbia)

Daina Ashbee Pour
Choreography: Daina Ashbee (Québec)

Open Studios

Andrea Peña and Artists 6.58 : Manifesto
Choreography: Andrea Peña (Québec)

adelheid dance projects what it's like
Choreography: Heidi Strauss (Ontario)

Lara Kramer Danse Windigo
Choreography: Lara Kramer (Québec)

Peggy Baker Dance Projects who we are in the dark
Choreography: Peggy Baker (Ontario)

Curated Showcase

The Curated Showcase gives a glimpse into the Canadian contemporary dance field with its many different choreographic aesthetics.

Naishi Wang Taking Breath
Choreography: Naishi Wang (Ontario)

Cloudsway Dance Theatre Know the Rules, Win the Game
Choreography: Mark Kunji Ikeda (Alberta)

EbnflŌh In-Ward
Choreography: Alexandra 'Spicey' Landé (Québec)

Kaeja d'Dance uncover
Choreography: Karen Kaeja (Ontario)

Jeanette Kotowich Eloise
Choreography: Jeanette Kotowich (British Columbia)


The Dance Centre at Scotiabank Dance Centre Indigeneity in the Now - Panel Discussion
Presenters: Mirna Zagar, Margaret Grenier, Michelle Olson (British Columbia)

Company 605 Looping
Choreography: Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin (British Columbia)

Gerard X Reyes The Principle of Pleasure
Choreography: Gerard X Reyes (Québec)

Canada Council for the Arts
Canada - Guest of Honour Frankfurt Book Fair 2020/2021