The 20th Cracovia Danza Court Dance Festival
21 – 28 July 2019
Fables, Fairytales and Legends
The 20th anniversary of the Cracovia Danza Court Dance Festival will take place in Krakow between July 21-28. The tagline of this year’s Festival edition is Fables, Fairytales, and Legends, as the program of the event is based on the fantasy stories which relate to the European, Polish, and even Krakow cultural heritage.
Two premiers have been prepared in dedication to the anniversary of the Festival. On Monday July 22nd, Cracovia Danza Court Ballet will present Mister Twardowski. The Fairytale during the opening ceremony of the Festival, a spectacle based on the music of StanisĹ‚aw Moniuszko. In turn, the second premiere will take place during the final weekend of the event, on Saturday July 27th, and will be performed on the stage located on the Main Square in Krakow. This will be an international production of the TheÂ Metamorphoses of a Cat in the Boots whose choreography was prepared by a well-known French dancer and choreographer, an expert in baroque dances Pierre-Francois DollĂ©. Besides Cracovia Danza artists, a brilliant French dancer IrĂ¨ne Feste will appear on the stage during the performance, as well as musicians playing the historical instruments. On the final night of the Festival July 28th, Cracovia Danza Court Ballet will show its Sleeping Beauty on the stage of the Krakow Main Square. The spectacle is based on the original version of the fairytale published in 1697 by Charles Perrault.
During the Festival week, a lot of plays and shows will be performed by theatre groups from the whole world, just as it annually happens. During the final weekend, the dancers will appear in the nicest places of the Krakow Old Town (e.g. Collegium Maius, Barbican, Main Square), and will enliven the historical sites with their acting. Within the rich selection of the program’s finale, one should not miss e.g. the Tales of Krishna which will be performed by Alaknanda, the world Kathak dance champion of Indian descent, with her group Sanskriti. Besides that, it is also worth to draw attention to The Tale About Princesses performed by the youth dance group Capella Antiqua Bialostociensis which has been given the status of the Festival’s resident this year.
Traditionally, the Festival will be accompanied by the Krakow Dances 5-day workshops, annually attended by over 150 participants from around the globe. The attendees are supervised by such dance champions as e.g. Alaknanda (India), Barbara Segal (England), Marie-Claire BĂ¤r Le Corre (France), Ana Yepes (Spain), and Pierre-Francois DollĂ© (France). For the first time this year, the Festival will host a special guest IrĂ¨ne Feste, a specialist in the ball dances of the first half of the 19th century, who will run a workshop on empire dances. Registration for the workshops has already started.