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Introduction to Lublin Dance Festival 2006
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:36 am ]
Post subject:  Introduction to Lublin Dance Festival 2006

X International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin
08 - 12 November 2006

The 10th edition of the Lublin Dance Festival is underway and promises an eclectic mix of international and Polish dance companies performing in a wide range of styles from tango to bharatanatyam.

Here is the full programme of performances:

8 November
19:00 Paul Taylor Dance Company 2 (USA)
Centrum Kongresowe Akademii Rolniczej

9 November
18:00 The Symptoms (Hungary)
Akademickie Centrum Kultury UMCS Chatka Zaka

20:00 Attakkalari (India)
Centrum Kongresowe Akademii Rolniczej
22:00 Lublin Dance Theatre (Lublin), Contemporary Dance Group of Lublin University of Technology (Lublin)
Centrum Kultury

10 November
18:00 Silesian Dance Theatre (Bytom)
Akademickie Centrum Kultury UMCS Chatka Zaka
20:00 Cie REA Danza (Argentina/Spain)
Centrum Kongresowe Akademii Rolniczej
22:00 Koncentrat (Warsaw)
Dada von Bzdülöw (Gdansk)
Centrum Kultury

11 November
18:00 Compagnie Sybel Ballet Theatre (Tunisia)
Akademickie Centrum Kultury UMCS Chatka Zaka
20:00 Nanine Linning (Holland)
Centrum Kongresowe Akademii Rolniczej
22:00 a/a/a (cracow), Anna Piotrowska (Warsaw)
Centrum Kultury

12 November
16:00 Occasional Theatre (Sopot), Bretoncaffe (Warsaw)
Akademickie Centrum Kultury UMCS Chatka Zaka
18:00 Joe Alter Dance Group (USA), Sanna Kekäläinen (Finland), Cie Stanislaw Wisniewski (France)
Centrum Kultury
20:00 and 21.00 Chunky Move (Australia)
Centrum Kongresowe Akademii Rolniczej

Two levels: beginners and intermediate, 9 - 12 November 2006, hours:
10:00 - 11:30, 11:45 - 13:15, 13:30 - 15:00

There are also classes by respected practitioners from the visiting companies:

Nanine Linning, Igor Bacovich - Holland, Joe Alter, Alison Cook, Jamie Rae Walker - USA, Reka Szabo – Hungary, Cecile Pegaz – France, Kristy Ayre, Gideon Obarzanek - Australia, Hassen Bachraoui, Hamza Alaoui, Kais Chouibi, Saiffedine Manai - Tunisia, Korina Kordowa - Brasil, Sylwia Hefczyńska-Lewandowska, Jacek Krawczyk - Poland

Plus two days of dance films.

All in all a heady mix over 5 short days - phew!

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:37 am ]
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Here is the introduction to the festival programme from the organisers:

International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin, since the first edition in 1997, belongs to the biggest cultural events in Lublin, and later became also one of the most important dance theatres festivals in Poland and Eastern Europe. With regard to its geographical location, the city of Lublin seems to be a very special point on the artistic map of Europe, especially after the expansion of European Union. The cultures of the East and West have been clashed for many centuries here and we believe that cultural events taking place in Lublin nowadays should bring the two worlds closely together and that mutual relations should be friendly and peaceful.

Our idea is that the Festival should facilitate mutual recognition and understanding, exchange of experience and ideas, it should also encourage the inspiration of other cultures between Poland and other East European countries and the „western world”. We believe that contemporary dance is a special art not limited by any frontiers, which does not require the knowledge of foreign languages. It is a fully democratic art, open to other art domains and addressed to sensitive people looking for real authenticity in the artistic activities. Expected results and long term benefits of the Festival in Lublin are:
- a fuller knowledge of and closer relationship between cultures of participating countries
- promotion of contemporary dance makers and their work, a stimulus to cultural exchange and co-operation of artists
- making the contemporary dance audience larger due to presentations, workshops and media participation in the promotion of festival events
- enhancement of contemporary dance criticism, education of opinion –makers
- enhancement of skills and acquisition of new experiences by young dancers and choreographers by means of educational activities offered in the frames of the festival
- incentive for dance teachers, especially for those working in smaller centres in the range of cultural activity organisation connected with contemporary dance, a stimulus to the start of co-operation between dance centres

There are two main areas of the festival’s activity

- presentations of professional dance theatres performances from all over the world
- video projections
- photo exhibitions of works inspired by dance
- contemporary dance workshops (dance techniques, composition, light designing)
lectures conducted by dance makers, choreographers, theoreticians and critics from all over the world

Till year 2005 almost 20 000 spectators, 200 artists and 1000 workshop participants took part in the International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin. High artistic and organizational level of the Festival is acknowledged by central and regional institutions: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Municipality of Lublin and The Lublin Voivodeship Marshall Office, which patronise and support the Festival from its first edition.

High artistic and organizational level of the Lublin event is also acknowledged by other important Partners of the Festival: US Embassy in Warsaw, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Embassies of Canada, Israel and Norway, British Council and Pro Helvetia, who since years trust the organisers and belong to our main donors.

Festival’s events have been always intensively transmitted and related by local and national media, e.g. Polish Television, Newsweek, Gazeta Wyborcza, Radio Lublin.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Nov 10, 2006 6:35 am ]
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Some background information about Lublin:




At only 175 kilometers from Warsaw, Lublin is not only worth visiting solely for its monuments. It is a centre of one of the eastern provinces of Poland, and with a population of 350,000 it is the biggest Polish city east of the Vistula River.

Lublin is located on the Lublin Upland. The Bystrzyca river divides the city into two diverse parts: the western side is made up of undulating hills with a number of interesting valleys and gorges; while it is flatter on the eastern side. The city has great possibilities for recreation for western visitors with its blend of tradition, rural crafts, and a large lake and several forests to wander through.

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