This year’s Festival de Danse in Cannes (Nov 19-24, 2013) looks like being a vintage. Under the artistic direction of Frédéric Flamand, the festival will feature a very strong international programme of contemporary dance. Audiences can enjoy 16 dance companies, one world premiere and five French premieres.
In the words of Frédéric Flamand: “In 2011, I suggested a theme for the Festival de Danse de Cannes: new mythologies – or how ancient myths have returned to our modern world with the emergence of new technologies and the dominance of the image. It was also the moment to reflect, across very diverse choreographic works, on what makes us human, on dance as a way to take back ownership of our bodies at a time when our sense of identity is following the changes in spatial organisation.”
Highlights of the biennial event include works by Shen Wei (US), Marie Chouinard (Canada), Blanca Li (Spain) and Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgium – her first time in Cannes).
events around the Cannes Dance festival
In addition to a very high-caliber selection of performances, the Festival de Danse will also extend itself into the town as well, as numerous encounters and workshops are foreseen. There will also be special school programmes. Given the variety of styles, this is a festival that really does have something for everyone. From the surprising robots of Blanca Li to the hypnotic febrility of Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker and not forgetting the movie-like panache of Frédéric Flamand’s “Titanic” (photo by Pino Pipitone), it is a festival with a strong link to the outside world.
Details and reservations
Festival de Danse de Cannes 2013
Palais des Festival, Cannes.
During the Festival, the Rosella Hightower International Dance Academy is offering people a pretty unique opportunity to participate in Master Classes with the participating dance companies in the festival.
Monday November 18th – 04 PM to 05.30 PM : Shen Wei Dance Arts
Tuesday November 19th – 11 AM to 01 PM : Victor Hugo Pontes
Tuesday November 19th – 03 PM to 04.30 PM : Marie Chouinard
Wednesday November 20th – 11 AM to 01 PM : Jonah Bokaer
Thursday November 21th – 11 AM to 01 PM : Virgilio Sieni
Saturday November 23th – 11 AM to 01 PM : Igor Shyshko (Rosas)
Registration fees for a Master Class: €12
Access: 5 Rue de Colmar – 06400 Cannes
Contact : Agathe Castelain – 04 92 99 33 96