Free Dance (Vilnyi Tanets)

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Country and Region UkraineDnipropetrovs'k oblast
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Dnipropetrovsk, Dnipropetrovs'k oblast; Kiev, Kiev oblast, Ukriane
Festival Description

Free Dance Festival took place in Dnipropetrovsk and Kiev. The events of the Festival were organized on the best theatrical grounds of Dnipropetrovsk and Kiev and included not only spectacles and performances, but also various informational and educational projects, discussions, press conferences, presentations of editions which have demonstrated the widest interest to contemporary art as a whole, and contemporary dance in particular.

For more than half a century Centre of Contemporary Dance and Performance Other Dances had been in the mainstream of the global artistic process gathering thousands of viewers the world over. In Ukraine has gained its force as an independent cultural phenomenon which is an antipode to mass pop culture. Even more than ever, “Free Dance” involved all of its participants and viewers into an actual process of broadening the possibilities, and erasing artificial borders. The Festival participants and viewers included people from different countries and regions, having different abilities. Apart from dance spectacles, the Festival Performance Program featured new forms of dance performances, while the Educational Platform will include the workshops. New possibilities were offered to the Ukrainian dance community—including a dialogue between journalists and Contemporary Art professionals; for contacts between people having different physical abilities; belonging to different nationalities and religions; of different professional status, adults and children.

Festival Dates May 16 - 18, 2008

Festival Story:

The organizer of the festival was the Centre of Contemporary Dance and Performance Other Dances. The Festival was traditionally supported by the French Cultural Centre, Embassy of France, its events having already become an inseparable part of the FRENCH SPRING IN UKRAINE. The Festival events were also supported by the Embassies of such countries, as Germany, Israel, Sweden, USA, the German Cultural Centre, i.e. Goethe Institute, Swiss Cultural Programme UKRAINE PRO-HELVETIA, Swedish Institute, Dance Theater Workshop with major support from the Trust Mutual Understanding, Polish Institute, Korea Arts Council, Foundation of Japan, as well as by the Agency of Dance Theatres TSEH (Russia) with the major support of the Ford Foundation.

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