Friday, January 20, 2012

A busy weekend of dance brings Atlanta close to the EDGE

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Dance Canvas is just one of the shows this weekend. A busy weekend leads into Atlantas off the EDGE dance event.
  • Dance Canvas is just one of the shows this weekend. A busy weekend leads into Atlanta's inaugural "off the EDGE."
Atlanta's dancers have been busy lately, as you can probably tell by the number of big shows this weekend. You'd think that after such a full weekend, the city's dance artists would want to take a long break. Far from it. These are our movers and shakers we're talking about after all.

The weekend of shows is just a prelude to the first annual off the EDGE, a sprawling, ambitious week of dance-related events leading up to a ginormous set of free performances at Woodruff Park and a line-up of prestigious visiting artists on the stage of the Rialto next Friday and Saturday nights.

Check out some of this weekend's shows after the jump and stay tuned to Creative Loafing for more info and updates as Atlanta's dance community heads off the EDGE next week.

Dance Canvas, now in its fourth year, is a showcase designed to give Atlanta's emerging choreographers a shot at creating work at an early stage in their careers. Ten young Atlanta choreographers work with professional dancers producing a great, diverse show with works ranging in style from hip-hop and ballet to contemporary and tap. It's a high-energy mixed program that's become one of Atlanta's “don't-miss” annual dance events. Dance Canvas' 2012 Performance Series "Introducing the Next Generation" takes place on Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21, at 8 pm at the 14th Street Playhouse. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Dance Canvas.

  • Scott Bragg
Full Radius Dance celebrates its 20th anniversary with "The Path Beyond", a concert of premiere work. On the program, "The Path Beyond" and "Thrift" by artistic director Douglas Scott and a new dance , "Ethos/Pathos/Logos" by company member, filmmaker and choreographer Onur Topal-Sumer. Performances are at 7 Stages on Friday, January 20, at 8pm Saturday, January 21, at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets on sale now at Full Radius. For information/reservations: 404-724-9663 or

27 is a tribute in dance to the music and inspiration of the “27 Club,” famous rock musicians who died at the age of 27. Decatur-based dance company Gathering Wild premiered the first 27 show last year and since that time the “27 Club” has, uh, gained a new member. Come see what the music of Amy Winehouse adds to the amazing mix of Morrison, Joplin, Cobain, and Hendrix on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at 8 pm at Fabrefaction Theatre. For more information or tickets, visit Gathering Wild.

To keep up to date with the rest of what's happening in the Atlanta dance community this and every weekend, visit the blog and calendar of Atlanta's dance service organization: DanceATL.

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