Sunday, June 5, 2011

Beachside dance fest kicks off in Busan

Dance is embroidering the nightscape of Busan starting with the opening of one of the country’s largest showcases for the art.

The 7th Busan International Dance Festival kicked off Friday in the southern port city and continues through June 7 at Haeundae Beach. It is the world’s first dance festival to be held on a beach, and features a stage that was specifically designed for such an event.

This year’s edition is themed “Communication and Harmony,” the organizing committee for festival said.

Under a sub theme, “Dance! Lead to the World From the Sea,”the festival will introduce 200 works from 150 companies from 13 countries. The lineup includes works by dance companies as well as individual artists.

Participating companies include the River North Dance Chicago (United States), Expressions Dance Company (Australia), Van Huynh & Hong Kong Performing Arts Company (United Kingdom and Hong Kong) and the Universal Ballet Company (Korea).

Apart from the officially invited dancers, ancillary events such as the opening and closing ceremonies, performances by dance professors and international dancers will also take place.

Relay dance performances have already been staged from March 27 to May 7 in and around Busan to wish for success of the coming dance festival. The organizing committee forecasts attendance at about 1 million.

The Busan International Dance Festival was launched in 2005 and has been held annually ever since.

The performances of officially invited dance companies will continue through Sunday. The last two days, June 6 and 7, will feature congratulatory performances at Busan Cultural Center.

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