Bringing our community together to re-imagine our downtown.
A co-creation of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada and Kaeja d’Dance Downtown Dances 2018 will be from August 21 to August 23
MAIN DANCE DAY: AUGUST 23, 11AM to 2PM
BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER
CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY and BUSINESS COLLIDE IN DOWNTOWN DANCES
Get active! We are partnering with the City of Moncton and Downtown Moncton Inc. and our downtown businesses in a process that will bring our community together in a completely new way through dance. Citizens from local businesses and organizations collaborate with professional artists in order to create and perform dances on sidewalks, storefronts and gathering spaces. Downtown Dances is designed to celebrate the stories and spirit of local businesses, employees and our community while encouraging healthy active citizens.
Downtown Dances is a great way to have our businesses and employees demonstrating community leadership in building and supporting a healthy active City.
The event was hosted by the Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada and Kaeja d’Dance, a Toronto-based professional dance company led by Allen and Karen Kaeja.
Discovering Downtown Moncton differently
Real people working in real businesses as well as our Mayor and City Council participated in the choreographies to tell the story of our downtown to music in seven locations on Main Street.
Starting on the corner of Main and Lutz Street, all were invited to join with downtown workers and community members who walked through the Downtown core, let by two vibrant guides. The walk ended in the beautiful Riverfront Park, where participants were invited to join a simple audience inclusive Flock landing created by Karen Kaeja, followed by engaging conversation on re-imagining our Downtown.
What should our downtown look like?
Many ideas, insights and thoughts around what our downtown should look like were shared by citizens, young and old. Arts & culture, accessibility, inclusivity, sense of community, workplace and quality of life were among the common themes that came out in small group discussions, interviews, doodles and photos.
An extraordinary experience. I was blown away by the participation, of both dancers and audience. It brought fire to the process of re-imagining Downtown Moncton, and 10 times better than simply having a Town Hall for brainstorming ideas.
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