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The fes­ti­val may have changed its name to the Toronto Fringe Theatre Fes­ti­val, but that doesn’t mean it’s given up its man­date to show­case some qual­ity dance as well.

Olga Barrios de­liv­ers the Toronto pre­miere of her award­win­ning show Re­mem­ber­ing The Farewells (from July 6 at the Robert Gill), which draws on mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Colom­bia. That pub­lic­ity still (re­pro­duced on our pull­out cover) looks pretty re­veal­ing . Two lit­er­ary works get a unique dance treat­ment. Sarah Skin­ner’s The Lit­tle

Mer­maid (from July 6 at the He­len Gar­diner Phe­lan) is bound to make a splash: it’s an all-belly-dance ver­sion of the Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen fairy tale. And The Can

ary Wall­pa­per (from July 6 at Theatre Passe Mu­raille Mainspace) finds a mu­sic and move­ment vo­cab­u­lary for Char­lotte Perkins Gil­man’s fem­i­nist clas­sic.

Lukas Press’s Num­bers (from July 6 at the Fac­tory Mainspace) is bound to get peo­ple talk­ing. It’s about a young Jewish girl’s ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing WWII; the ti­tle refers to the statis­tics that many vic­tims have be­come.

Aus­tralia-based Jonno Katz, a fa­mil­iar name from pre­vi­ous Fringe shows, di­rects Vic­to­ria Chiu and Roland Cox in The Bal­lad

Of Her­bie Cox (from July 6 at the Ran­dolph), which mixes sto­ry­telling and move­ment to un­ravel fam­ily se­crets.

If non-nar­ra­tive dance is more your thing, a safe bet is The Grav­ity Hour (from July 6 at the Robert Gill), by tal­ented chore­og­ra­phers Kiri Figueiredo, Michael Caldwell and

Shan­non Litzen­berger. It’s de­scribed as a phys­i­cally in­tense hour of dance.

Olga Barrios re­veals a lot in Re­mem­ber­ing The Farewells.

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