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  1. Porch View Dances | Photo: Ming Wu Free Kaeja d’Dance

    Porch View Dances

  2. Photo: Marilou Lépine A co-presentation of... ODD is OFF

    Ottawa Dance Directive

  3. Usually Beauty Fails | Photo: Denis Farley Frédérick Gravel

    Usually Beauty Fails

  4. Photo: Rodney S Braun Young Professionals

    Mixed Repertoire

  5. Photo:  Nadya Kwandibens, Red Works Photography World Premiere JP Longboat and Byron Chief-Moon

    Greed, REsolve

  6. New Free Enhance Your Dance

    Free pre- and…

  7. Derek Dix Free Roundtable on Pluralism

  8. Family Dinner  | Photo: Yvonne Chew Justine A. Chambers

    Family Dinner

  9. Photo: De La Salle High School students New Free Cinema in a Box

  10. MAYDAY Danse | Photo: Mathieu Doyon World Premiere MAYDAY

    Animal Triste

  11. Flicker | Photo: Chris Randle Dancers of Damelahamid


  12. Photo: David Hou Bageshree Vaze & Mocean Dance

    Mixed Repertoire

  13. New Free Beau’s Festival Bar

  14. Grant Strate, Simon Fraser University, 1983 | Photo: Michael Crabb New Free Collective Historical Acts of Social...

    Discussion /…

  15. 16 + a room - Artists of Ballet BC | Photo: © Michael Slobodian Ballet BC

    16 + a room, Solo Echo, Bill

  16. HYPER_ | Photo: Kevin Yi Ming Chen Freya Björg Olafson


  17. Aeriosa New Free CDF in the ByWard Market

  18. Photo: David Cooper Company 605

    Vital Few

  19. douce tourmente | Photo: Lisa Hebert DORSALE Danse

    douce tourmente

  20. Photo: Dejan Stifanic Ame Henderson & Matija Ferlin...

    Out of Season

  21. Painted Free Frame Lines


  22. Family Dinner: The Lexicon | Photo: Josh Hite Justine A. Chambers


  23. Earl of March students | Photo: Allen Kaeja New Moving Stories

    Schooled in…

  24. Rendez-vous à l’hôtel | Photo: Claudia Chan Tak La 2e Porte à Gauche

    Rendez-vous à…

  25. Photo: Geneviève Robitaille 50 Dancer Project


  26. Photo: Chritel Bourque La Grande Fente

    Sans Lactose

  27. New Free Day Party with DJ Pedro...

  28. Interactive Video Workshop

    with Freya…

  29. Photo: Rod MacIvor Sold Out World Premiere Tedd Robinson | 10 Gates...


  30. Speaking in Ligeti | Photo: Emily Cooper Marta Marta Productions

    Speaking in Ligeti

  31. Photo: Tamara Romanchuk MOonhORsE dance theatre

    Older & Reckless

CDF 2016 will set the nation’s capital alight with challenging new ideas showcased through powerful movement and beautiful movers – all telling uniquely Canadian stories through dance.

Jeanne Holmes © David Hou © David Hou

Welcome to the 2016 Canada Dance Festival.

CDF 2016 showcases an amazing array of talented artists who hail from coast to coast. The works that you will see at this year’s festival are original, compelling, inspirational, provocative and virtuosic, celebrating the amazing physicality of the body moving through space.

There are extraordinary talents in Canada: emerging in a new generation of dancers and dancemakers; celebrated in the longevity and commitment of the established and influential creators of our time; and energized by the creative spirit of the contemporary artists who call this country home.

We welcome you to meet them all in Ottawa this June.
See you there!

Jeanne Holmes

Artistic Director