05/03/2018 - 6:26pm      18:26

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The infectious atmosphere of this mesmerising festival, open to an audience of dance aficionados and interested spectators, spreads through the city like wildfire: In July, the Bolzano Danza festival inundates the capital of South Tyrol with the greatest performances on the European scene in shows that range from classical ballet to contemporary dance.

The prolific programme of over twenty theatre shows offers something to please the most eclectic of audiences; and while the very best of the current international dance scene takes to the stages, many more performances will be held free of charge in the most atmospheric spots of Bolzano and the surrounding area. Captivating non-stop 24-hour installations for the most indefatigable amongst us, exploratory tours of the city, silent disco that gets everyone on their feet... In addition to the stage of the Teatro Comunale, the events will also take place at the Museion Museum of Contemporary Art in Bolzano, the new NOI Techpark technology center, the squares and parks and in some areas near the city, including the Renon plateau.

The vibrant "outdoor" section has been assigned for the first time to an external curator, Michele Di Stefano, a leading choreographer on the national scene who has been awarded the Silver Lion for his choreography at the Venice Biennale. Di Stefano will bring a distinct "overseas" look to the city: The choreographer has planned a series of events entitled "Veduta-Ansichten"(“Views”) which invites spectators to focus their attention on the geography of the city and on dance; a symbolic interpretation of place through the performing body, opening up new channels in the imagination.

The stage at the Teatro Comunale will be hosting Bill T. Jones, icon of world dance, who is appearing for the first time in Bolzano Danza with his dance company and will be accompanied live by the soloists from the Haydn Orchestra; the politically-engaged German choreographer Helena Waldmann, who will be presenting her new piece dealing with the hot topic of national borders, featuring contemporary dancers and artists from the Nouveau Cirque; pyrotechnical Canadian choreographer Eric Gauthier with his Stuttgart-based company and prodigious new program featuring a number of prominent figures; iconoclastic British punk-rock artist Michael Clark; Catalan artist Lalì Ayguadé and Roberto Zappalà from Catania with the world premiere of Liederduett to Schubert’s Lieder, performed live.

Photo: Bolzano Danza / Regina Brocke


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