International Dance Festival
From 02 to 14 October 2015
Location: Rehearsal Dance Room,, Theatre
Over 20 national and international companies, over ten premieres, workshops, an exhibition and other activities make up the first edition of Danzamos.
Conde Duque strengthens its commitment to dance with Danzamos 2015. The first edition of the festival will focus on dance’s most contemporary forms of expression. The competition will be directed by Madrid resident Sharon Fridman (Max Award 2015), an Israeli choreographer and dancer. It will include over 20 national and international companies, world and Spanish premieres, workshops and a photography exhibition entitled Goddess is Not Dead, among other activities, making Conde Duque the top venue for some of today’s most interesting choreographic creation and giving due credit to a form of cultural expression as old as human gesture. Dance is a universal language that conveys the movements of life.
“Danzamos wants to contribute towards meeting the needs of dance in Madrid: its creators, its professionals and its audiences,” explains Conde Duque director Concha Hernández. She adds: “The experience with Conde Duque’s resident group Coreógrafos en Comunidad over the past few years showed us that we needed to grab hold of the immense creative flow being developed in the rehearsal rooms, show it to the public and create a new point of contact between national and international artists, between creators and the public.”
Danzamos director Sharon Fridman, for his part, is adamant that the festival’s aim is “to bring the public the latest in dance, inviting them to breathe and connect, with their bodies and souls, to new physical languages, diverse and distinct inner worlds, to life’s other movements. There will be premieres by Spanish artists, some of them linked to Conde Duque’s resident group Coreógrafos en Comunidad. International companies will be a wind blowing in from other places which will introduce us to other realities. And a new generation of young creators will be represented, thanks to Injuve. This first edition of the festival is an invitation and an open door to feel dance at Conde Duque.”
The Danzamos festival will be held in various spaces inside the centre, from the theatre and rehearsal rooms to other distinctive venues like the Multipurpose Hall, in a bid to create a special involvement of the public in the artistic scene and a spatial connection. It’s not for nothing that the name chosen for the event is the first-person plural form of the verb “Danzar” (Dance). The festival has two clear objectives: to promote an educational and practical coming together of the public and artistic creation, and to open up a working line and provide support for new creators. To this end, the festival will rely on the collaboration of Injuve, the government’s youth institute, and its Assistance for Creation programme.