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Modern Dance Festival
June 11, 2008   
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The Silesian Dance Theater will for the 15th time turn the southern city of Bytom into Europe's dance capital June 29-July 12 during the International Conference of Modern Dance and Dance Art Festival.

The event will feature performances by internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers from almost all corners of the world. The Swiss contribution is Compagnie Drift, one of Europe's most interesting dance groups with a sublime style and an experimental attitude toward their work.

One of the big attractions of the event will be Eiko & Koma, an avant-garde group originally from Japan and based in the United States since 1976. Meanwhile, viewers who are partial to multimedia shows will enjoy the marvelous Hybrid Authorship Project from the United States. Guests from Hong Kong are Y-Space, a group that aspires to create a new language in dance through improvisation and multimedia.

One of the greatest surprises at the event may be the Okoem Dance Theatre from Russia, a group of young dancers who take inspiration from Scandinavian mythology. And viewers with a special interest in modern dance in Poland should take note of the Lublin Dance Theater and the Choreography Lab of the Silesian Dance Theater.

Other notable performers include Idan Cohen and Yossi Berg & Oded Graf from Israel, Liss Fain Dance from the United States, Quorum Ballet from Portugal, Miriana Preis from Croatia and Milena Koulas from Cyprus.

Alongside dance shows, this year's festival comprises the largest International Modern Dance Workshops in Poland, conducted by instructors from around the world. The classes include African dance (Nora Chipaumire, Zimbabwe/U.S.), nihon buyo (Kazuko Yamazaki, United States), the Limona technique (Louise Frank, the Netherlands), Soviet ballet (Slava Krichmariev, Russia), belly dancing (Aisa Latour, the Netherlands), tarantella (Margherita d'Amelio, Germany), Indian dance (Farah Holz, Germany), gyrokinesis (Anna Achimowicz, Poland), Polish modern dance (Jacek Łumiński, Poland), and a lot more. Visitors to the event will also get a chance to attend classes in wheelchair dancing, motion therapy, psychological choreotherapy, dance classes for senior citizens, workshops in writing about dance, workshops for art managers, and an International Seminar for Dance Historians and Critics. For more details, go to www.konferencja.stt.art.pl

15th International Conference of Modern Dance and Dance Art Festival, June 29-July 12, Silesian Dance Theater, Bytom, 27 Żeromskiego St., tel. 0-32 281-82-53, 0-32 281-82-55
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