Festival de danse Cannes

Cannes Dance Festival

Since the first edition in 1984, the Cannes Dance Festival has become one of the world’s most important dance festivals. The biennial Festival has built its reputation on many creations centered around contemporary dance, presenting new talents and inventive works by international dance companies.

The Cannes Dance Festival returns from 20 to November 29, 2015. The festival regularly changes directors and artistic directors. The 2015 edition is directed by Brigitte Lefèvre, who left the direction of the Ballet of the Paris Opera last year, a position she had held for 20 years. Classical dance, contemporary dance, international troops, French premières are on the programme this year, but also a ball, meetings and master classes.

Cannes Dance Festival: open to the public

Bella Figura photo: Michel Cavalca

Bella Figura photo: Michel Cavalca

The Cannes Dance Festival strives to stay accessible to the general public (with prices that do not top EUR 30) while offering a demanding programme. The festival opens with the national dance of Korea, a rare troupe company. The French première of “Vortex” by choreographer Tero Saarinen, is a mix between contemporary and traditional dance. Another headliner is the Lyon Opera Ballet’s evening devoted to Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián.

The Hervé Koubi company will present Les Nuits barbares ou Les premiers matins du monde, another French première. The Spanish National Dance Company, directed by José Martinez, will present a new version of Carmen by Johan Inger. Worth noting also is the Ballet du Capitole’s La Bête et la Belle by Kader Belarbi.

The Festival will also feature:

  • awareness-raising actions for the general public (schools, associations, dance schools …)
  • master Classes for those who wish to deepen their practice through workshops led by the choreographers and dancers of scheduled.
    meetings, and discussions with artists and choreographers.
  • a thematic seminar with leading international researchers organized by the Department of Arts, Dance Section of the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • movie sessions, workshops and conferences.

For full details, visit the Cannes Dance festival website

There are hotels available for the duration of the festival from just under €400 (at the time of publication).