26th Dance Week Festival

time: 25.05.2009. - 03.06.2009.
place: Zagreb, Croatia
organiser: Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance - MAPA
 The 26th Dance Week Festival is set to take place from 25th of May to 3rd of June in Zagreb. Dance Week Festival will see a record number of Croatian performers in addition to offerings from a range of internationally acknowledged authors and companies including acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theatre (NDT).

The most important dance event in the region, Dance Week Festival (DWF) will, at the start of its 26th edition find a new home as Zagreb’s Centre for Dance opens its doors. The reconstruction of the Cinema Lika located in Ilica 10, is one of the largest investments into cultural venues in Zagreb, now offers the Festival the opportunity to present a record number of works by local artists, in addition to featuring works of internationally established European dancemakers and artists.

Now in its third year, The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance, features a major work by an international company as an introduction to its major program: Dance Week Festival (DWF). Following the trail of Ballet Preljocaj, and Zagreb’s favourite Inbal Pinto Dance Company, this year’s introduction to the 26th edition of DWF presents the opportunity to see the performance “Monger”, most recent production of Suzanne Dellal Centre and choreographer Barak Marshall.

Barak Marshall,  one time house choreographer of acclaimed  Batsheva Dance Company, brought Zagreb audiences to its feet with his first choreography   ’Emma Goldman’s Wedding‘, which was featured at the 15th DWF edition in 1998.  ‘Monger‘, the work which premiered in October 2008 already an international hit and is inspired by the works of Bruno Shultz,  Jean Genet’s “Maids” and Robert Altman’s ‘Gosford Park’, will be featured in Zagreb on May 18th.

Only seven days later, the 26th DWF scheduled for May 25 to June 3, will officiall kick off with the spectacular presentation of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT); spearheading the festival programm to take place for the first time in Split as well as in Zagreb and Rijeka.

NDT, a leading European and world acclaimed contemporary dance company, last performed in   Zagreb 18 years ago under the Artistic Direction of  Jiry Kyllian, and it was also the only time the   as well at DWF. This is a long overdue and much anticipated return of this major Company and the presentation is made possible through an exceptional support of The Hague City and The Embassy of the Netherlands Kingdom.

Following the trail of NDT, as part of the 26 DWF are several other equally attractive contemporary dance titles and authors from around the world including Karina Holla, Carolyn Carlson, Tero Saarinen and Lucy Guerin. Due to an overwhelming request by audiences, DWF will also bring back Paulo Ribeiro this time with two new titles:   ’Feminine’ and ‘Masculine’.

An important part of the DWF each year is the Croatian Choreographer Platform. 45 applications received this year is record breaking and will result in an exceptionally rich program featuring local dance makers who will also be considered for a special production prize awarded by the Festival, as well as a series of works not in competition under the banner Panorama.

The producer is especially pleased that the festival program is expanding and will include in addition to the traditional presentations of select works in Rijeka also Split. This year’s program in Rijeka is supported by the City of Rijeka and HKD; DWF will present a select program in Split in partnership with the City Pupper Theatre.

The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance is also expanding its European partnership programs with   Dance Exploration Beyond Front@, which strives to encourage greater mobility of works and audiences for contemporary dance in the region specifically bordering countries with Crotia - southeast Austria, Northeast Slovenia and Western Hungary.

Five key stakeholders (Flota (Murska Sobota, SLO), Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples / Tjedan suvremenog plesa (Dance Week Festival) (HIPP-TSP) (Zagreb, HR), cie Frenak (Budapest, HU), Dance Identity/D.ID (Pinkafeld, AT) and  OHO (Oberwart, AT)) bring together expertise and experiences of local and international artists with the public in the desire to establish new avenues and opportunities for future collaboration in the area of contemporary dance.
Through this European based project, HIPP will contribute to a migration of audience members from a variety of regional centres into Zagreb and into Rijeka to observe the programs of 26 DWF, as well as the    Dance Communication Lab (DCL) a program which encourages collaboration among professional dance artists with artists from other disciplines (architects, designers, visual artists, musicians…) resulting in intercultural evenings featuring contemporary dance improvisation.

DWF is the major program of the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance. Through its 26 editions the Festival has fesatured over 600 internationally acclaimed artists, and has produced the works of some 50 local authors, contributing to several generations of dancemakers and performers.

(Source: Dance Week Festival)

(D.H., 13.05.2009)