The Summer dances

Summer dance shows 2020, dancer of the Ecole Des Sables
Ecole Des Sables dancer (Facebook)
Summer dance shows 2020

Some tips about performances and summer dance shows in 2020.

Pina Bausch‘s Sacre du Printemps was supposed to be the 2020 dance event. It is a masterpiece of 1975 staged in Dakar, Senegal, with 38 dancers from 14 African countries, by both the foundation that maintains the legacy of the choreographer and Sadler’s Wells in London.

It has been feared, during the closing of the borders, to lose all the precious work already prepared in the  École de Sables: a magnificent school by the sea directed by Germaine Acogny, heir to the Mudra Afrique of Maurice Béjart and great mother of the dance on the black continent in Toubab Dialaw.

Likely right there, on a beach at sunset, the film-maker Florian Henzen-Ziob shot a test of the Sacre beyond the sea and it is now visible on-demand (on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage) for 5 pounds or the equivalent in another currency, in support of the artists.

Photo École des Sables

Furthermore, in support of the dance, Video Art Project Channel presents original choreographic works created during the lockdown, beginning with Alessio Di Stefano‘s A Mid April Night’s Dream, with 7 dancers, many from La Scala. Youtube and Facebook are the stage.

Aterballetto also offers a new premiere from the closed walls of the house, The Other Side by Saul Daniele Ardillo, tribute to Beethoven with musicians of the Toscanini Orchestra.

Electric Bodies, 2020’s project of the Gender Bender festival in Bologna, focuses on the dance with young students of the Conservatory together with the Collective M_I_N_E, whose member are the choreographers Francesco Saverio Cavaliere, Siro Guglielmi, Fabio Novembrini, Roberta Racis and Silvia Sisto.

From Argentina comes Danzar por la Paz on the songs of Queen, it ranges from tips to sneakers to flamenco to tango.

From the Royal Ballet in London comes Bolero by Ravel, which perfectly lends itself to break into small sentences, under the directorial hand of Christopher Wheeldon.

In Milan, Virgilio Sieni continues his collaboration with the Feltrinelli Foundation in the Unlock the Imagination festival, enlivening the Dinner of Emmaus by Caravaggio and The discovery of the body of San Marco by Tintoretto. Meanwhile on the artist’s website, the Lessons on Waiting clarify the practices which should be done especially by looking at the Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca, from the drawing to the painting to the gesture to the body.

Going back to the live shows, La Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan in its program Steam in Summer presents works by Ariella Vidach and Claudio Prati/AIEP and the pool of artists of Farm Vittadini.

In the Turin area, the large spaces of the Royal Palace and Gardens of Venaria, the brightest pearl of the Savoy‘s residencies, host a tribute to the Sacre du Printemps on the initiative of the Laundry Choreographic Centre in Vapore, involving many Turin artists and performers in a large collective project at the right distance.

In the billboard of Palcoscenicodanza, there is also Digital Back to Human by Paolo Mohovic with the young people of Eko Dance International Project of Pompea Santoro, former star of the Cullberg Ballet.

Piemontedalvivo proposes, also in Venaria, Mbira by Roberto Castello, a reflection more current than ever on the gaze that Westerners bring to African dance, music and culture.

Hopefully, this tips will be useful to those who are interested in summer dance shows in 2020.