International Dance Day

Camille Durnez - 29 Apr 2021

Every year on 29 April, we celebrate International Dance Day together with the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet. Dancing is universal: Thousands of styles of dance exist around the world. Dancing also brings people together either by dancing themselves or watching a performance.

For this occasion, we have highlighted some festivals dedicated to dance present on So put your dancing shoes on and see what they are up to.

Dance Festival München article

17th International Festival for Contemporary Dance of the City of Munich

06/05/2021 – 16/05/2021

The programme of the eleven-day festival features five big international guest productions, five world premieres, an extensive scientific discussion programme, the themes communication, community, and urbanity in the 21st century, dance in public spaces and at various performance venues in Munich, as well as encounters between the local dance scene and choreographers who are active worldwide. Over 120 artists from all over the world – from Brazil, the U.S., Canada, France, and China – will celebrate with approximately 50 contemporary dance performances in all of its manifoldness, between political demands, multidisciplinary, and virtuoso art.

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INTERPLAY International Contemporary Dance Festival

19/05/2021 - 22/06/2021

INTERPLAY Festival is a point of reference in the City of Turin and in the Italian panorama. The festival, active for 21 years, selects the leading shows of the new European scene, the opportunities for artists, audiences and operators to meet young national and international creativity. A window on the artistic poetics of the present, sometimes exasperated, uncomfortable, at other times ironic, of which Interplay follows and shares the illustrated ones, creating opportunities for visibility.

The artists of INTERPLAY are the new generations of contemporary dance, choreographers who have studied at important choreographic academies and universities, worked with Masters, established companies and now with their courageous and rigorous aesthetic choices, to take us towards new choreographic dimensions, approaching us to territories little explored.

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The International Festival of Contemporary Dance & Movement Theatre TANEC PRAHA

27/05/2021 - 28/06/2021

The International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre TANEC PRAHA is one of the biggest events in the Czech cultural calendar. Every June since 1989, the festival showcases the diversity and quality of the current foreign and domestic dance scene, gives space for experimentation and crossover with other genres, and supports the emergence of new works as co-productions. The programme, which addresses both the general and professional public, is structured into programme lines such as Event of the Season, festival co-production in international collaboration, TANEC PRAHA FOR CHILDREN, Dance NEWs, TANEC PRAHA FOR STUDENTS, VEN.ku TANCI and others. At present, the festival’s programme offer is featured in 20 cities and municipalities, both indoors and outdoors.

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MASDANZA article

MASDANZA. The International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands, Spain

08/10/2021 - 31/10/2021

MASDANZA has consolidated itself as the Spanish international platform for the new creations in Contemporary Dance. It is the only festival in Spain with two contests in its official section: The Solo and CHOREOGRAPHY Contests. MASDANZA is an international landmark in Contemporary Dance. Since its beginnings until its international consolidation, it has grown in quality, prestige and recognition, both from the audience as well as from the professionals and specialised critics as MASDANZA has been able to reflect the creative process predominant in the world of Contemporary Dance. The contests are accompanied by different activities during the week, enhancing the Festival and allowing MASDANZA to become a meeting point for discoveries, exchanges and coexistence.

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IDD Cyprus Choreography Platform article

Cyprus Choreography Platform

05/11/2021 - 07/11/2021

The Cyprus Choreography Platform (CCP) was organised for the first time in 2001, further to the initiative of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, and took place at the Falcon School Theatre in Nicosia under the title “Dance Encounters”. Since 2002, the platform has been taking place at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol, which became a co-organiser of this annual event together with the Cultural Services of the MoECSY.

The CCP has always aimed at supporting, developing and showcasing new choreographies and contemporary dance artists in Cyprus, as well as promoting their work in international festivals and events.

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