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France and Israel get their turn to dance

This weekend the 20th Contemporary Dance Festival will see performances by dance groups from France and Israel at the Rialto theatre in Limassol.

The Centre Choregraphique National (CCN) de La Rochelle from France will take to the stage tomorrow with a performance of The Roots. The dance performance tells a story about hip-hop with the help of 11 dancers.

Together with their choreographer, these dancers form a sort of chorus from which individuals emerge, each one as interesting as the next one, as each of them has his own style, physique and technical specificities.

The adventure unfolds with dance steps and mainly electronic music. It is a piece for tomorrow, where relationships between men (the show is all masculine) find a new way of being together without harming each other and, if possible, with enjoyment.

Today’s hip-hop creative works convey an image of French culture throughout the world. Kader Attou, Director of the CCN of La Rochelle and artistic director, dancer, choreographer of the Accrorap dance company, can claim to be an integral part of this new dance scene. He has enriched and re-tuned his dance through the alchemy of hip hop, circus arts, contemporary dance and visual arts. From the local to the international scene, his works have travelled around the world.

The weekend continues with dance on Sunday when the Israeli contemporary dance company Kibbutz will perform the piece Horse in the Sky. The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC), which is one of the leading dance companies in the world and directed by Rami Be’er, comes to the Rialto stage with its technically strong and physically eclectic cast of 16 dancers and its dynamic sensibility.

Horse in the Sky, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in the Fall of 2016 before embarking on an international tour, is space of movement in constant change. It is empty spaces, splashes of colour, moments of convergence. Landscape, a glance, a touch. A whiff of remembrance in time and space.

KCDC is widely identified with the work of Artistic Director Rami Be’er whose exclusive and unique choreographic character has become the company’s trademark both in Israel and abroad. With its technically strong and physically eclectic cast of dancers and its dynamic sensibility, KCDC characterises Israeli dance at its best. KCDC was founded in 1973 by the late Yehudit Arnon who laid the foundation for today’s thriving International Dance Village, the heart and home of the company, which comprises nearly 80 Israeli and international dancers.

Centre Choregraphique National de la Rochelle / Cie Accrorap – The Roots
Dance performance as part of the 20th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 17. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €20 festival pass/ €5 per performance. Tel: 77-777745

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company – Horses in the Sky
Dance performance as part of the 20th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 18. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm

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