12 No. Find the magic of move­ment in dance.

Check out some of the most gifted Chore­og­ra­phers at shows inside and out


Al fresco romp

It wouldn’t be sum­mer with­out Dusk Dances. Ev­ery year, the beau­ti­fully cu­rated, fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val trans­forms the hills and val­leys of Withrow Park into an evoca­tive back­drop for move­ment magic. Now in its 20th year, the fest has just an­nounced a stel­lar lineup that in­cludes chore­og­ra­phy by Sylvie Bouchard, Peter Chin, Ju­lia Aplin, Mi­lan Ger­vais, Sis Robin Hib­bert , Kate Franklin and Mered­ith Thomp­son. Au­gust 4 to 10. duskdances.ca, 416504- 6429 ext 89.

Adieu, Alek

In one of last sea­son’s most mov­ing mo­ments, dancer Alek­san­dar An­toni­je­vic took his fi­nal bow in

the de­mand­ing dra­matic role of One­gin. Now, after 23 years, he re­tires from the Na­tional Bal­let for good, danc­ing ev­ery per­for­mance in Wil­liam For

sythe’s con­tem­po­rary clas­sic the sec­ond de­tail. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. On the same bill are Jerome Rob­bins’s Opus 19/The Dreamer, orig­i­nally cre­ated for Mikhail Barysh­nikov, and Le

Spec­tre De La Rose, Marco Goecke’s reimag­in­ing of the clas­sic Fokine bal­let. Un­til Sun­day ( June 1) at the Four Sea­sons Cen­tre. 416-345-9595.

Le­cav­a­lier at Lu­mi­nato

Louise Le­cav­a­lier has blazed a bril­liant trail through the con­tem­po­rary dance scene, first as the lead­ing lady in La La La Hu­man Steps and then for in­die chore­og­ra­phers like Crys­tal Pite and Benoît Lacham­bre. Her raw, high- en­ergy 2011 per­for­mances – Chil­dren and A Few Min­utes Of Lock – made lo­cal crit­ics’ best- of lists, in­clud­ing mine. Now she’s bring­ing her own chore­og­ra­phy, So Blue, to Lu­mi­nato. And if the buzz from its North Amer­i­can premiere last year at Mon­treal’s Fes­ti­val Tran­sAmérique is any in­di­ca­tion, dance lovers are in for a treat. June 13 to 15 at the

Fleck Dance The­atre. lu­mi­natofes­ti­val.com.

Step up

Yo! Street dance is the new kid on the block, and it’s not just hap­pen­ing in cheesy Hol­ly­wood movies. On Canada Day, check out the

Common Steps Dance Bat­tle, which presents move­ment from all over Canada, from jingle dress and hoop danc­ing to B-boy­ing. It’s fol­lowed by the ever-popular street dance com­pe­ti­tion. July 1 at Har­bourfront’s WestJet Stage. 416-973-4000.

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