Monaco Dance Forum

Monaco Dance Forum

7 - 16 December 2006


Monaco Dance Forum (4th Monaco International Dance Biennial) was born in 2000 with the support of the government of
the Principality. The first editions were held in the recently constructed
Grimaldi Forum; however, the eventís continued success has required adding
other locations in the Principality. For the fourth edition, several new
sites will join the Grimaldi Forum in welcoming performances: the H?tel de
Paris and the Hermitage Hotel, the Monte-Carlo Opera, the Sporting díHiver,
the Salle du Canton and the Variety Theater, the Port, and the CCAM will be
so many gorgeous venues for extraordinary choreographic spectacles,
surprising encounters, and inspiring workshops.

Once again, this international festival and its accompanying professional
forum will be prolific, overflowing with artistsí projects. For the 2006
edition, the festival has been placed under the sign of the Medusa.
Luminosity, fluidity, movement, vibration, strangeness, beauty-- the Medusa
electrifies its world and seduces onlookers more than it inspires fear. Just
as contemporary dance becomes more interesting as the eye learns to see
beyond conventions and pre-conceived notions, so we hope to guide the
spectator toward unknown universes where artists shall be their guides.

Although it is professionally oriented to reach out internationally, Monaco
Dance Forum is also pursuing and developing its relationships with the
various cultural structures of Monaco and France (Soci?t? des Bains de Mer,
Ecole Sup?rieure des Beaux Arts of Monaco, Education Nationale, Logoscope,
Direction des Affaires culturelles, Arcade/PACA), as with the public, in
order to make this event a veritably collective adventure, shared by all.

The activities, particularly those targeting the young, have been conceived
as tools for dialogue and vision expansion. Encounters with artists,
theoretical and practical workshops, open dance classes are organized to
allow numerous and diverse audiences to participate in the event. The
festivalís role as a pedagogical showcase means that the most recent
developments in applied technology will be available to all: not only
forward-looking professionals, but also neophytes and enlightened amateurs.
For three days this vast and varied audience will be able to watch the
auditioning of 80 dancers from the young ballets of Senegal, the Czech
Republic, Italy and Hong Kong.

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