All the dance you can handle at Bouge d’Ici

The fifth annual Bouge d’Ici takes over the Mainline Theatre to celebrate all things dance.

Projet Migration
Projet Migration. Photo by Éric Laroche

Ditch your post-holiday shut-in hibernation and move around a bit as the fifth annual edition of Bouge d’Ici takes over the Mainline Theatre. Running Jan. 8–18, the fest offers dance performances, workshops and other activities to celebrate dance in its many forms.

To start, Bouge d’Ici brings back Projet Migration, a San Francisco-based performance choreographed by Christine Germain in collaboration with Slater Penney. The piece, which took the Bouge d’Ici prize for best dance performance when it last came to town for Fringe 2011, explores themes of citizenship and immigration. Jan. 8–10, 8 p.m., $8–12

Also this week, check out PWYC dance and movement classes, including a yoga workshop with Jo Willer (Jan. 9, 6 p.m.), musical madness with choreographer Amy Blackmore (Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m.) and tap lessons with Heather Keiller (Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.). Email to secure a spot.

Bouge d’Ici also offers dance-themed takes on Mainline residencies, including a guest appearance at the Dr. Sketchy drawing circle by burlesque dancer BonBon Bombay, who poses as Odette. Jan. 11, 2–5 p.m., $10

At Cinédanse, see some short films about dance and movement, with some of the filmmakers in attendance for audience questions after the screenings. Jan. 12, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation

Espace Commun/Common Space is a collaborative performance, featuring dancers, choreographers and mentors from a wide range of dance forms performing short pieces. Jan. 15–17, 8 p.m., Jan. 18, 4 p.m., $10–$1 

Finally, don’t miss out on the festival’s closing bash, a cabaret of performances hosted by Vanessa Kneale to celebrate Bouge d’Ici’s five-year anniversary. Jan 18, 8 p.m., $8–$12

Bouge d’Ici take place Jan. 8–18 at Mainline Theatre (3997 St-Laurent)

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