PARIS, 15 June 2006
—From North to South, East to West, there are festivals a-plenty throughout
France, but somehow this year as last, there is little to
get worked up about as far as dance is concerned.
The best bet is to stay or visit the capital to see
all three programmes of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Alternatively, those who have never seen Sylvie
Guillem and who find themselves in the region of the attractive town of
Vaison-la-Romaine in the South have one of their last chances of seeing
her in the Antique Theatre interpreting Russell Maliphant's Push
. Montpellier Danse 06,
which includes such personalities as Ohad Naharin alongside Anne Teresa de
Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin also presents Bouchra Ouizguen and Radhouane
el Meddeb, exciting young newcomers to the jaded French scene.
But frankly, those who don't plan to be in the
French capital this July would do better to abandon dance entirely over
the summer and head for the Chorégies of Orange* where at least three or
four outstanding programmes are being presented in the magnificent Roman
amphitheatre there, an experience in itself, and follow it up by the
stunning exhibition of Cézanne en Provence
at the Granet Museum at Aix-en-Provence.**
However, come September........ there is the Biennale of Lyon
"Les étés de la danse" Alvin Ailey American
Gardens of the French National Archives
60, rue des
Tel: (33) 0892 687 100
July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8 21h 45
du Jazz" choreography A. Ailey and B. Wilson
July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
The "Best of" of the company
With choreographies by H. Boykin, A.R. Jackson, M. Rushing, D. Parsons,
U. Dove, R.K. Brown, H. van Manen, J; Jamison with R. Battle and R.
Acceptance In Surrender
Boykin, Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing
Photo: Paul Kolnik
Photo courtesy of Alvin Ailey American
July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Hommage à Alvin Ailey
All three programmes of this superb company; with its unique mix of
classical, jazz, black American and contemporary dance are recommended.
Glamour, emotion and dramatic theatricality guaranteed.
Vaison -la Romain
Tel: (33) 04 90 28 74 74
July 12, 13
July 18, 19
National Ballet of Spain
Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company
Another Evening: I bow down
Tamango's Urban Tap
Biennale de la danse
September 9 -30
Tel: (33) 04 72 00 21 70
Forty international companies in some thirty different settings is
inevitably a spectacular event, and ample opportunity is given to discover
such personalities as Benjamin Millepied or Nasser Martin-Gousset.
*The Chorégies d'Orange is presenting Aida on
July 8 and 11, Mozart's Requiem on July 15, and Lucia di
Lammermoor on July 29 and August 1st. There is a concert with Inva
Mula and Rolando Villazon on August 4. The setting is quite simply unique!
For further information telephone (33) 04 90 34 24 24
exhibition of Cézanne en
Provence at the Granet Museum presents over 116 works completed
in the area, and is open to the public from June 9th to September 17th.
For further information, telephone (33) 04 42 52 87 80
Photo above: Asha Thomas
Photo courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance
Patricia Boccadoro writes on dance in Europe and is the dance editor