The Dansa Valencia festival returns to its usual month of April, when Valencia’s squares and parks will be transformed into dance podiums…
The 34th edition of the Dansa Valencia festival, organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports through the Valencian Institute of Culture, will take place from 10 to 18 April, under the artistic direction of Mara José Mora. Dansa Valencia thus returns to its usual month of April, following a year marked by a health crisis that forced it to be postponed to November.
On the first weekend of the festival there will be eight street shows scheduled in various locations throughout the historic city centre and Central Park, Parque Central.
The festival will begin with four performances on 10 April. The Beauty of It, a performance by Ángel Duran (Barcelona), was inspired by science-based documentaries from the 1950s and Carl Jung’s theories. It won first place at the Internationales Solo-Tanz Theater Festival Stuttgart 2018 and will be performed at the Museum of Fine Arts on Calle San Pío V, 9.
In another performance, the Girona-based Mal Pelo company (2009 National Dance Award winner) will present Bach, a study of movement, gaze, rhythm, breathing, and presence, based on a selection of preludes and fugues from Johann Sebastian Bach’s 18th-century composition, The Well-Tempered Clavier (a clavier is a type of harpsichord). Bach will be performed at Plaza de la Almoina.
The Plaza del Patriarca will serve as a stage for Tangen | Benzal’s (Ontinyent) Carretera and Wonderground’s (Barcelona) Rise. The former reflects on personal relationships in a choreographic way, while the latter invites us to move together.
Parque Central will host a morning programme of open-air dance performances on Sunday 11 April. The Júlia Godino and Alexa Moya company (Barcelona) will perform in the Jardi de la Infància, showcasing their Picnic on the Moon, in which the dancers explore the concepts of true and false through the experience of a picnic in the sun.
Another show, choreographed by the Marroch Company from Alicante, will deal with interpersonal relationships and will be premiered at the Espai Ribes esplanade.
In l’Estany de la Panderola, two more performing groups, Cocinando Danza (València) and Daniel Doa (Granada), will present their work: The Valencian ensemble will use contemporary dance Transit to teach children the rules of the road, demonstrating how pedestrian crossings, traffic lights and signs can create a colourful dance. The Andalusian group used the 1940s and 1950s as a main theme of their play, Campo Cerrado.
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