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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Urban Dance Caravan

14.09.2024 · 15:00
Battle – Choreographic tours

Urban Dance Caravan was born of a powerful desire to invent and share new dance forms routes in Brussels (a city-region that is home to multiple cultures and languages), Wallonia and far beyond. Where dance that engages the body, welcoming what is around it and projecting itself into what comes next, is both an expression of freedom and a way of living well.

Thought through and (jointly) constructed with Detours – the Brussels festival of urban dance and street art – and the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Urban Dance Caravan – a new kind of association that rekindles cultural and social dynamics – consists of a wide range of urban dances that feel, experience and cross the city centre, from square to square, leading us to the heart of the Théâtre National.

Over the course of a Saturday afternoon, dancers from all over Belgium will gather around the finalists of the Detours Battles from Wallonia – Verviers, La Louvière, Liège – and Brussels as well as from the Congo, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Argentina and Costa Rica. They will perform on ephemeral stages from Bourse to Place De Brouckère and on to Boulevard Émile Jacqmain, leading the crowd to the main stage of the Théâtre National for the final battle of the Detours Cyphers

Thanks to radical hospitality, human, creative and poetic links are forged between Brussels and Wallonia, Europe, America and Africa, to promote better understanding among cultures and the free circulation of audiences and artists capable of changing the way we pay attention and the way we perceive things. In its raw simplicity, Urban Dance Caravan shifts the edges of the city and those of the theatre.

Corealisation Detours Festival, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
With the participation of the Goma Dance Festival
With the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles service de la danse, la COCOF,
la Loterie Nationale, Africalia, la Ville de Bruxelles - Échevinat de la Culture




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