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Today in Toronto: Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Sitayana and more

Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival Toronto’s Tiger Princess Dance Projects and Kaeja d’Dance and Vancouver’s Kinesis Dance SomaTeatro are just a few of the big-name troupes that will bring an urban feel to this small-city celebration of dance. Beyond the marquee names, the festival also features numerous outdoor performances in St. George’s Square that showcase new works from emerging choreographers. Find out more »

Prince Rama in the Wilderness In this dance show based on the Ramayana, one of the great Indian epics, Prince Rama and his wife, Sita, have been sent into exile by Rama’s stepmother, who wishes for her own son to be king. For those new to Indian dance, a brief talk before the show walks the audience through the basics. All ages. Find out more »

Rule Britannia! Scheduled to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, this show, surveying 400 years of British ceramics, includes some Royal commemoratives, along with many an item that will bring back memories of your grandmother’s living room. Find out more »

Sitayana The Menaka Thakkar Dance Company has been introducing audiences to classical Indian dance since 1978, even while encouraging the blending of traditional and contemporary styles. Its new work comes straight from the Ramayana, but it adds a feminist twist by telling the story from the point of view of Prince Rama’s wife, Sita, who has been sent into exile with her husband. Find out more »