2019 Contact Dance International Film Festival (Toronto)

Fri, June 28 2019, 12:30 PM - Mon, July 01 2019, 10:45 PM [EST]

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Saturday Catered Dinner Partial Approval -$22.00

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Soup: Lentil Vegetable or Moroccan Chickpea / Salad: Mixed Green salad with sprouts in apple cider vinaigrette or Quinoa-boccoli-cranberry salad in apple cider vinaigrette / Gluten-Free Apple Crisp / Whole Fruit (organic bananas, organges, apples or tangerines).

Sunday Catered Dinner Partial Approval - $22.00

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Gluten-Free Vegan Curry (Vegetable and Lentil Coconut Milk Curry, Tofu on the side (optional), Brown Basmati Rice) / Salads: Spinach Salad with pear/apple & toasted mapled pumpkin seeds, or Kale & Red Cabbage Salad in Apple Cider Vinaigrette / Seasonal Fruit Platter.

VERY EARLY-BIRD FULL FESTIVAL PASS (Sales of the very early-bird pass ends May 1, 2019 at midnight) Partial Approval -$250.00

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Full festival pass that includes all programming as well as two low sugar, soy and gluten-free meals

EARLY-BIRD FULL FESTIVAL PASS (Sales of the very early-bird pass ends June 1, 2019 at midnight) Partial Approval - $275.00

Not on sale until - 05/02/2019

Full festival pass that includes all programming as well as two low sugar, soy and gluten-free meals

FULL FESTIVAL PASS Partial Approval -$300.00

Not on sale until - 06/01/2019

Full festival pass that includes all programming as well as two low sugar, soy and gluten-free meals

ACCESS DISABILITY FULL FESTIVAL PASS Partial Approval - $120.00

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A full festival pass for those who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible disabilities welcome) that includes all programming as well as two soy and gluten-free meals.

FREE PRE-FESTIVAL ACCESS TRAINING WORKSHOP / with teacher TBA / Fri. June 28 / 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM / Charb Arts Studio, 2238 Dundas Street West Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -Free

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FREE PRE-FESTIVAL FILM-MAKING WORKSHOP / with teacher TBA / Fri. June 28 / 12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM / Charb Arts Studio, 2238 Dundas Street West Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - Free

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WORKSHOP INTENSIVE / with teachers TIINA JAASKA and Guy LEON / Sat. June 29 to Mon. July 1, 2019 / 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$210.00

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WORKSHOP INTENSIVE / with teachers RAHUL GOSWAMI (India) / Sat. June 29 to Mon. July 1, 2019 / 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $210.00

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WORKSHOP INTENSIVE / with teachers GURU SURAJ and HARI CHOUDHARY (India) / Sat. June 29 to Mon. July 1, 2019 / 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$210.00

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON SCREENING "Water We Are" / Sat June 29, 2019 / 2:30 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $15.00

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON 4:00 PM TASTER WORKSHOP / teacher ARIANE BERNIER / Sat. June 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm to 5:25 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$30.00

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON 4:00 PM TASTER WORKSHOP / teacher RAHUL GOSWAMI (India) / Sat. June 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm to 5:25 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $30.00

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON 4:00 PM TASTER WORKSHOP / teacher TIINA JAASKO and GUY LEON / Sat. June 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm to 5:25 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$30.00

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SATURDAY EARLY EVENING 5:30 PM TASTER WORKSHOP / teacher ARIANE BERNIER / Sat. June 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm to 5:25 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $30.00

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SATURDAY EARLY EVENING 5:30 PM BEGINNER WORKSHOP / teacher KATHLEEN REA / Sat. June 29, 2019 / 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$30.00

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SATURDAY EARLY EVENING 5:30 PM TASTER WORKSHOP / teacher GURU SURAJ and HARI CHOUDHARY / Sat. June 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm to 5:25 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $30.00

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SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE JAM WITH LIVE MUSIC Warm-up lead by TIINA JAASKA / Musician JENNIFER GILLMOR / Sat, June 29, 2019 / 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$15.00

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON SCREENING "Toronto Dives In" / Sun June 29, 2019 / 2:30 PM / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $15.00

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SUNDAY LATE AFTERNOON DANCE JAM Warm-up lead by SHAY ULRICH AND JENNA ROY / Sun. June 30, 2019 / 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$15.00

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SUNDAY EVENING SCREENING AND LIVE PERFORMANCE / Sun. June 30, 2019 / 8:00 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $20.00

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MONDAY AFTERNOON DANCE JAM WITH LIVE MUSIC Warm-up lead by KATHLEEN REA / Musician TBA / Mon. July 1 2019 / 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$15.00

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MONDAY EVENING GALA SCREENING, AWARD CEREMONY AND AFTER PARTY / Mon. July 1, 2019 / 7:00 creator chat and 7:30 pm screening / Revue, Cinema 400 Roncesvalles, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $20.00

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Event Information

Fri, June 28 2019, 12:30 PM - Mon, July 01 2019, 10:45 PM [EST]

About the Event

Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF)
Riding a Wave of Humanity
 
57 Films
47 Filmmakers from 15 countries
9 Dance Workshops
1 Film-making Workshop
4 Film Screenings
3 Dance Jams
1 Live Dance Performance
1 Great After Party!
 
The Contact Dance International Film Festival returns for its fourth season, June 28 to July 1, 2019. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. Four different screening programs will be presented alongside dance workshops, jams, and a closing night party!
 
The festival is also glad to announce that this year 100% of its programming occurs at accessible spaces.
 
 
- WEBSITE -
www.contactdancefilmfest.com
 
 
- TRAILER -
https://youtu.be/5wfxL_nF7p4
 
 
- EASY-READ GRID SCHEDULE -
https://bit.ly/2EQuekL
 
 
- PRICING -
FULL FESTIVAL PASS
$250 - Very Early-bird Full Festival (available until May 1, 2019, @ 11:59 pm )
$275 - Early-bird Full Festival (available until June 1, 2019, @ 11:59 pm )
$300 - Regular Price Full Festival Pass
$120 - Accessibility pass (for those with a disability)
 
Passes include all programming plus two dinners (low-sugar, gluten and soy free).
 
All spaces are accessible by wheelchair.

If you need accommodation during the festival, please contact kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com to let us know what you need.

To see prices for individual classes, workshops, jams, and screenings see below.


- SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DINNER-
All paid passes include two catered dinners (low-sugar, gluten/soy free).
 
Complimentary passes for attending filmmakers do not include the two catered dinners. The dinners can be separately purchased for $22 a meal on the registration site or you can bring your own meal and sit and eat with the group.
 
 
- REGISTRATION -
http://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
 
- SCREENING PROGRAMS -
"Water We Are"
Studio Screening
Saturday, June 28, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)
Description: An afternoon screening of short dance films
Tickets: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
"Toronto Dives In"
Studio Screening
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)
Description: Screening of short films from local filmmakers and guest artists
Tickets:https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
 
"Into the Back Space"
Studio Performance and Screening
Sunday, June 30, 2019 –
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $20
Description: Live performance and film screening
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)
Tickets: http://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
 
Gala Screening and Awards
Monday, July 1, 2019
Cost: $20
Time:
7:00 Creator Chat
7:30 Gala
Location: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible). Please note the Revue Cinema does not have a fully accessible washroom but the Westerly restaurant directly across the street has offered that we can use their accessible washroom. The after party is at the Westerly and will involve a complimentary drink and horderves.
Tickets: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
 
- PRE- FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS -
 
Film-making Workshop
Date: Friday, July 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Charb Arts Studio, 2238 Dundas St West
Drop-in or register? Register
Cost: FREE
Registration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net
 
 
Training in Accessibility In Dance with Shay Ulrich and Jenna Roy
Date: Friday, July 28, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Charb Arts Studio, 2238 Dundas St West
Drop-in or register? Register
Cost: FREE
Registration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net
 
 
- THREE DAY WORKSHOPS INTENSIVES -
 
Rahul Goswami (Bangladesh, India)
Contact Improvisation INTENSIVE
Dates: Saturday, June 29 to July 1, 2019 (three days)
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (all three days)
Description: Check back later for a workshop description
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $210
Drop-in or register? NO DROP-INS. YOU MUST GET ON THE LIST
Registration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net
 
TIINA Jääskö (Finland) and Guy Leon (Barcelona)
Attention and Awareness - All levels Contact Improvisation INTENSIVE
"Attention and Awareness" - An all levels Contact Improvisation INTENSIVE This Contact Improvisation (CI) intensive will focus on physicality, presence, acceptance, and understanding oneself´s emotional states. We will develop an understanding of the underlying physical principles of CI to create and cultivating organic and economical ways to move. We will investigate our resting and moving bodies and how they relate to gravity. Understanding the function of our joints and skeleton – and how we can move efficiently. We will practice practical anatomical, physical, and perceptual skills to open up avenues of awareness. Technical aspects of CI will be combined with improvisation and body-work to explore dialogue, sensing, connecting, disconnecting, responding, resisting, playing, availability and flow.
Dates: Saturday, June 29 to July 1, 2019 (three days) Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (all three days) Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible) Cost: $210 Drop-in or register? NO DROP-INS. YOU MUST GET ON THE LIST Registration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
 
Guru Suraj & Hari Choudhary (India)
Contact Improvisation INTENSIVE
Dates: Saturday, June 29 to July 1, 2019 (three days)
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (all three days)
Description: Check back later for a workshop description
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $210
Drop-in or register? NO DROP-INS. YOU MUST GET ON THE LIST
Registration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net
 
 
- TASTER WORKSHOPS, JUNE 29, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM -
 
ARIANE BERNIER
Contact Improvisation WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Biography:
Ariane Bernier is a dancer, performance artist and teacher originally from Canada. She earned a Bacchelor degree in dance from l'Universite du Québec in Montréal. She has worked as a Freelancer for dance companies in NYC and collaborated on installations, site specifics projects, dance films and publicities with artist of various fields. Her way of approaching movement is greatly influenced by her curiosity and ongoing studies of contact improvisation, modern dance technique, somatic practices and yoga. She has been teaching dance and contact improvisation and conducting yoga workshops and retreats between the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. Www.arianebernier.com
Description:
In this class we'll look at different ways to offer and give support to one another. Finding ways to create surfaces and offerings while keeping a strong yet supple structure. With acute awareness, we learn how to recognize opportunities and take initiatives.
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30
Drop-in or register? You can register or drop-in for this course
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
Rahul Goswami (Bangladesh, idea)
Contact Improvisation WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30
Drop-in or register? You can register or drop-in for this course
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
TIINA Jääskö (Finland) and Guy Leon (Barcelona)
Contact Improvisation WORKSOP
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30
Drop-in or register? You can register or drop-in for this course
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
 
- TASTER WORKSHOPS, JUNE 29, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM -
 
Guru Suraj & Hari Choudhary (India)
Contact Improvisation WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30
Drop-in or register? You can register or drop-in for this course
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
ARIANE BERNIER
Contact Improvisation WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Biography:
Ariane Bernier is a dancer, performance artist and teacher originally from Canada. She earned a Bacchelor degree in dance from l'Universite du Québec in Montréal. She has worked as a Freelancer for dance companies in NYC and collaborated on installations, site specifics projects, dance films and publicities with artist of various fields. Her way of approaching movement is greatly influenced by her curiosity and ongoing studies of contact improvisation, modern dance technique, somatic practices and yoga. She has been teaching dance and contact improvisation and conducting yoga workshops and retreats between the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. Www.arianebernier.com
Description:
In this class we'll look at different ways to offer and give support to one another. Finding ways to create surfaces and offerings while keeping a strong yet supple structure. With acute awareness, we learn how to recognize opportunities and take initiatives.
Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30
Drop-in or register? You can register or drop-in for this course
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
KATHLEEN REA
Contact Improvisation WORKSHOP for Beginners
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: $30
Drop-in or register? You can register or drop-in for this course
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
- JAMS -
Saturday Night Jam with a warm-up by TIINA Jääskö (Finland) and music by Jennifer Gillmor
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Times:
8:00 - 8:15 Opening Circle
8:15 - Warm up with Tiina Jääskö
8:30 to 10:15 dance Jam
Location: Location: Celia Franca Centre
Musician: TBA
Drop-in or Register? You can register or drop-in for this jam
Cost: $15
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
Sunday Afternoon Jam with a warm-up by Shay Ulrich and Jenna Roy
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Times: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Location: Celia Franca Centre
Drop-in or Register? You can register or drop-in for this jam
Cost: $10
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
Monday Afternoon Jam with warm up by Ariane Bernier (Quebec)
Date: Monday, July 1, 2019
Times: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Musician: TBA
Location: Location: Celia Franca Centre
Drop-in or Register? You can register or drop-in for this jam
Cost: $15
Registration: http://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/
 
- TEACHERS’ BIOGRAPHIES -
Ariane Bernier is a dancer, performance artist and teacher originally from Canada. She earned a Bacchelor degree in dance from l'Universite du Québec in Montréal. She has worked as a Freelancer for dance companies in NYC and collaborated on installations, site specifics projects, dance films and publicities with artist of various fields. Her way of approaching movement is greatly influenced by her curiosity and ongoing studies of contact improvisation, modern dance technique, somatic practices and yoga. She has been teaching dance and contact improvisation and conducting yoga workshops and retreats between the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. www.arianebernier.com
 
Kathleen Rea danced with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). Kathleen is a certified instructor of the Melt Method (Hand and Feet) and teaches Contact Dance Improvisation at George Brown Dance. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and has been nominated for five DORA awards. Kathleen is a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Award and is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) with a private practice for the past 15 years. In January 2015 Kathleen became a candidate teacher of the Axis Syllabus. Recently Kathleen graduated as a Brain Advancement Coach (Pyramid of Potential Method). More Info: http://www.the-healing-dance.com/
 
Tiina Jääskö is a professional dancer and dance teacher based in Finland. She's interested in discovering our personal ways of dancing with playful dialogue. It’s not about how to do. It’s all about how to listen and share. It’s not about being passive or active, it’s about how we find the point of connection where all happens. https://www.facebook.com/tiina.jaasko
 
 
 - MUSICIAN’S BIOGRAPHIES -
Jennifer Gillmor musical exploration has covered rich and varied territory. She is a multi-instrumentalist with a musical family that includes bass guitar, cello, kamel n’goni, didgeridoo, found and made objects, flutes, various percussion, berimbau,musical saw, jaw harp, and sample-based sequencing. She has performed and recorded in projects ranging from funk to folk, rock to reggae, music influenced by traditions of African and Celtic cultures as well as experimental projects that can draw few comparisons. Jennifer composes and records for film, video, dance, theatre and multimedia projects. She has toured internationally and appeared in nationally broadcast music videos and on various local and national television and radio shows. With a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point in the winter of 2019, Jen is creating a new body of solo material intended for performance and a new album. Her debut solo album, High Road Haven, is available through Bandcamp https://jengillmor.bandcamp.com/album/high-road-haven. Jen’s current performance focus is Jennis, a duo with Dennis Gaumond. Their second album is due out in the fall of 2019. Bodywork is another way Jen likes to channel positive energy through her hands. Learn about her practice here: www.harmonyhands.ca For more details: jengillmormusic.ca  
 
- SCHOLARSHIP -
Participants in need of a scholarship, please contact Kathleen at kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com
 
 
- BILLETING -
Participants traveling to the festival from out of town who are in need of accommodation, please contact kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com
 
 
- ACCESS INFO -
All locations are wheelchair accessible
 
Celia Franca Centre - 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto:
- wheelchair accessible entrance
- large elevators
- wheelchair accessible washroom (although they do not have an automatic door. The hallway is busy and there are usually people around to help open doors)
- the building is not close to subway with elevator. The closest subways with elevators are Dundas, Bloor-Yonge and Broadview subways)
 
 
Revue Cinema - 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto:
- please let us know if you are attending in a wheelchair so we can reserve a spot for you in the theatre
- wheelchair accessible
- the Revue Cinema does not have a fully accessible washroom but the Westerly restaurant directly across the street has offered that we can use their fully accessible washroom (we are checking if they have an automatic door) This is the restaurant we are having the after-party at.
- the closest Subway with elevator is Dundas West (please note accessibly ramp does not work for streetcars on Roncesvalles Ave. due to curb size)
 
 
The Westerly Restaurant - 413 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto:
- wheelchair accessible
- wheelchair accessible washroom (we are checking if they have an automatic door)
- the closest Subway with elevator is Dundas West (accessibly ramp does not work for streetcars on Roncesvalles Ave. due to curb size)
 
 
Charb Arts Studio - 2238 Dundas St West, Toronto
- wheelchair accessible entrance to the building
- wheelchair accessible washroom (we are checking if they have an automatic door)
- the closest Subway with elevator is Dundas West
 
 
- VOLUNTEER-
Would you like to be a bigger part of the Festival? Lend a hand to make sure the festival is the best it can be. Contact kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com
 
 
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Web Site:
www.contactdancefilmfest.com

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/contactdancefilmfest/
 
Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/734833663558885/
 
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ContactDanceFF
 
YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5zvPYwRzi15NjNfaMrU1g
 
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https: https://reasondetredancekathleenrea.tumblr.com/
 
 
- REGISTRATION -
Reregistration: https://contactdancefilmfest2019.eventzilla.net/

About the Organizer

REAson d’etre dance productions believes in inspiring people through contact dance improvisation and dance/theatre. We create, produce and program dance works on stage and in film. We explore current themes in a manner that enables people to benefit from the enlivening and thought-provoking powers of expression through movement. We tell inter-generational stories that represent the current theme in the world. We strive for a high level of community engagement through classes, jams, and all-level performance opportunities. We believe that every “body” can dance, and we work to increase the accessibility of the dance arts in Canada. Alongside producing professional work, we encourage and support the every day person in becoming artists. REAson d’etre dance productions produces the Contact Dance International Film Festival. The festival was started in 2013 and runs every two years. The festival showcases films from Canada and around the world based on contact improvisation and affiliated forms, featuring both professional dancers/filmmakers as well as emerging filmmakers.

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