The 18th Cracovia Danza Court Dance Festival
July 30th – August 6th
For eight days of the summer Krakow was dancing: two great international performances inÂ the Main Market Square, dance shows at Collegium Maius, the Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace and the Barbican, five-day long workshops, a photograph exhibition and the grand ball for the public.
A few thousand of people in Krakowâ€™s Main Market Square watched the great spectacles, which were the biggest and the most spectacular events of the 18th Cracovia Danza Court Dance Festival. The audience could admire a remarkable performance of Korean dancers from the Chum-Sarang Academy, who visited Krakow for the first time. Also, the Cracovia Danza premiere spectacle TheÂ Dancing FanÂ enchanted the audience and received a long ovation. A great number of tourists alsowatched the outstanding flag-juggling shows by the famous Rione Santo Spirito group from Ferrara.
During the final weekend of the festival (August 5th-6th), dance was present not only in the Main Market Square. Crowds of tourists watched the afternoon dance shows in the courtyards of Collegium Maius, the Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace and the Barbican. All the presentations appealed to the public, but the ones that took place at Collegium Maius were the most impressive. In the oldest building of Jagiellonian University we could see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth,Â as well as the planets dancing in theÂ Harmonia Mundi programme with references to, among others, Nocilaus Copernicus’s theory. In the Breve Regnum on the other hand we could see the medieval Krakow come alive thanks to dance and music.
Last but not least, one of the Festival highlights was also the great ball for the public, which this year was the Â biggest in the history of the Cracovia Danza Festival. After the Saturday performance, a few hundred of people danced the polonaise and the contredanse. On this magical evening, Cracovia Danza helped transform Krakow’s Main Market Square into a huge ball room.
In 2018 the Cracovia Danza Festival will take place between July 29th and August 5th.