Dantzaz, Igor and Moreno, Jone San Martin, Kukai Dantza, La Glo Zirko Dantza eta Lŏkke | Olatz de Andrés are the names of the Basque companies and artists at the twelfth edition of Internationale Tanzmesse, the world´s largest gathering of professionals dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance, and the most important international event for the industry. Tanzmesse will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from August 29th to September 1st. Every two years the event brings together more than 500 companies and over 1,500 choreographers, dancers, agencies, representatives, distributors and cultural institutions, providing a unique opportunity to showcase their work to industry audiences, learn first-hand what’s happening in each country and international circuits, and make contacts.
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Two Basque companies will participate in Fest´Arts, the street arts festival that has been held in the French town of Libourne for 27 years. The festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th and this year, the protagonists will be Haatik and Akira Yoshida.
Through 15 July, Tenerife will host the South Atlantic Performing Arts Market (MAPAS), an event that gathers together over 170 performing arts programmers from around the world and more than 220 shows.
The international dance fair Internationale Tanzmesse is held every two years in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is the most important contemporary dance event in Europe, where this year professionals from the sector will meet from August 29 to September 1 to share experiences, contemplate new ways of working and show their work. Once again, Basque dance companies will make their presence at the festival working at the Basque Dance stand. In addition, Kukai Dantza Taldea, one of the most awarded Basque dance companies, will be included in the Tanzmesse inaugural event.
Several entities in Gipuzkoa and Quebec are working together to create contemporary dance. The artists selected as part of this collaboration are Iker Arrue and John Gerena.
The artist-in-residence programme "Projection Basque" will take place from January 22nd to 26th in the Bordeaux-based cultural centre Le Rocher de Palmer. The programme will include Franco-Argentinean musicians Las Hermanas Caronni (The Caronni Sisters), percussionist and sound poet from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Benjamin Colin, and dancer Martxel Rodriguez from the Kukai Dantza Taldea dance company of Errenteria. The residency is part of the Aquitaine.eus project, which aims to promote the joint work of artists from Aquitaine and the Basque Country. The programme will conclude with a concert on the 26th.
The cultures of Aquitaine and the Basque Country come together in Aquitaine.eus. One of its projects is SOKA, the exhibition on Basque traditional dance, which will be displayed in the media library in the Meriadeck quarter of Bordeaux.
"Excited and thankful for the opportunity given to me by the Minister of Culture of Uruguay and the Board of Directors of Sodre to direct their National Ballet, and honored by the great ballet dancer Julio Bocca’s strong support for my candidacy". Basque dancer Igor Yebra has accepted the appointment of artistic director of Sodre, the National Ballet of Uruguay, and will start work at the end of January.
The Euzko Etxea, or Basque cultural centre, of San Nicolas, Argentina, will pay tribute to Eresoinka’s on the choir’s 80th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, a concert will be performed as part of the Argentinian Basque Centres’ choral meeting on November 10th. Basque musician Mikel Urdangarin will give a concert in homage to the choir, which will also feature live performances from his latest album Margolaria.
Eresoinka was started in Sara, Lapurdi, in 1937 as a mixed choir of 110 Basque artists in exile. The choir will be now honoured in the framework of National Basque Week organized annually in Argentina. National Basque Week is one of the biggest Basque events in the diaspora, and this year will be held for the first time at the Euzkal Etxea in San Nicolas.
The program will run from November 6 to 12, and will feature cultural activities of all kinds, including cinema, music and dance. The choral meeting will be held on the 10th at the Rafael de Aguiar Municipal Theatre. Groups from Buenos Aires (Euskaltzaleak), Villa María, Viedma-Patagones, Cañuelas and San Nicolas will each pay tribute to Eresoinka on the 80th anniversary of the choir´s founding. A documentary on the Basque choir will also be screened, followed by a recital by musicians Michel Etcheverry, Mikel Urdangarin and Xabaltx.
Check the complete program here.
The popular culture and world music fair Fira Meditarrània de Manresa opens tomorrow and will run until October 8th. This fair brings together different artistic disciplines, such as visual arts, circus, dance, exhibitions, music, storytelling and theatre. This year the Fira has joined forces with the Etxepare Basque Institute to include three Basque companies: Kukai Dantza Brodas Bros; Helena Lizari and Laida Aldaz; and Juan Mari Beltran.