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Lyon’s Dance Biennale : an experimental and popular experience

  • 20.09.2016

Lyon’s Dance biennale stands in metropole of Lyon, from the 15th to the 30th September, 2016. She has been proven to be one of the most not-to-be-missed event of the Lyon Metropole over the last years. At the occasion of its 17th edition, the public will rediscover well-known shows, such as the “Défilé du Grand Gerland”, but also specific creations dedicated to the Biennale only, and exceptional encounters.

Biennale’s artistic director, Dominique Hervieu, recalls how Lyon’s Biennale is far more than just a festival. It is a time and a place that allow “the choreographic creations to reach both neophytes and amateurs… An experimental and popular experience to summarize.” 

Foundation Bnp Paribas, which has been sponsoring Lyon’s Dance House for 30 years, is naturally associated with this event. 3 artists, sponsored by Foundation Bnp Paribas, are scheduled : Yoann Bourgeois, Kaori Ito and the Tanger acrobatic Group

The parade : “Ensemble !” (Together) 

“Ensemble !” is the biggest choreographic parade of all Europe. More than 4 500 amateurs are expected this year at the Gerland Stadium of Lyon, all gathered under the yearly thema : “Together”. 

Yoann Bourgeois will present his spectacles “Fugue” and “Trampoline Varation N°4” as closing shows. 

How to get there ?

Free entrance – Sunday 18 September, starting at 4:00 pm in Gerland Stadium

Kaori Ito “I dance because I distrust words”

Kaori Ito is the new sponsored artist of BNP Paribas this year. She is a singular artist, who first started her career as a dancer for creations of Angelin Preljocaj, Philippe Decouflé, Alain Platel or Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, before becoming a choreographer herself. In her new show, she explores the thema of the relation with the father (artist himself, who will be on stage alongside his daughter).

Ian Grandjean / HALKA

Acrobatic Group of Tanger : “Halka”, the new show, from the 14th to the 21st of September 

Moroccan acrobatics has its new ambassador : the Acrobatic Group of Tanger. For this 17th edition of the Lyon’s Dance Biennale, these Moroccan acrobats unveil their brand new show to the public : “Halka” (literally translated, “festive event in circle”). The human pyramides constructed, the excellency of the figures, the drums and the songs are the expressions of a shared world, which faces the hardships of today’s : the individual and the society, the sacred and the secular, space and time… 

How to get there ?

 “Célestins”, Lyon Theater, from the 14th to the 21st September