Displaying an array of music and dance styles, the 21st annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival partners with the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival to bring our community a variety of performances from across the world. The goal of this event is to allow artists to share a piece of their culture, whether authentically traditional or infused by their contemporary identities.
A Celebration of African dance and drum with Voodoo Dave and Friends opens the festival, and is followed by two days of traditional cultural dance on our outdoor stage, showcasing diverse presentations alongside audience participation workshops for all abilities.
The event features Coastal First Nations dances as well as dances from India – all ages and all free! The outdoor events close with a traditional Splash Mob at Swy-A-Lana Lagoon.
As the week unfolds explore how film and dance interact through workshops and screenings, take in performances by locals such as Samantha Letourneau, Timothy Allen, Island Times Quartet and participate in a roundtable discussion with local and guest Indigenous artists that throw the doors open to your inquiry and their artistry – all at Harbour City Theatre.
Special Guest Nasim Lootij, based in Montreal having recently immigrated from Iran, will present her stark and stunning work Me-Moi-Man which reflects encounters from the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war.
Headlining the InFrinGinG Dance Festival are two main stage shows at The Port Theatre:
Crossing Mountain & Seas by JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble and Aeriosa on July 11th, an aerial dance performance featuring Asian traditions fused with cross-cultural music and interactive media projection.
Flicker by Dancers of Damelahamid on July 13th, a dreamlike performance that highlights the diversity and complexity of contemporary indigenous identities.
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