Clever, With A Sense Of Self
Dance for a young audience
Question: What's some shade of lilac, offers something for girls and boys alike and has a lot to do with contemporary dance? – PURPLE! The festival's initiator and artistic director Canan Erek has again traveled extensively in putting together the second edition of the international dance festival for young audiences. The pieces she was looking for needed to communicate with young audiences and have an affinity to youth culture; they had to either be created for the target group or be suitable for them, because they open doors to contemporary dance for them. The Claire Parsons Company from Stockholm is invited with their performance "And then ...", which is a life-affirming dance piece with objects, a gentle circus, and a game of perspectives and thought impulses in which body, space and sound are equal. Then there is the rather gentle joke of the dynamic, headstrong piece "Correction" from Prague – in this instance, a lack of freedom may mean luck. All in all, there is no need to understand anything in PURPLE, and certainly not immediately. Thought processes arise through feeling. That’s why dance education workshops for school classes and teachers as well as discussions with artists also play their part.
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