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DANCE MAVERICKS CONVERGE IN BOLOGNA.

The Italian city of Bologna, the oldest university town in Europe, has opened its arms to some of the Western world's most radical contemporary dancemakers with the Danzaduemila (Dance 2000) Festival, which runs through December. Theaters in the surrounding regions of Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara will co-produce some of the events.

The festival is meant to celebrate changing aesthetics and themes in dance over the last century. Expressionistic dance theater, with Pina Bausch as its prime example, will be a major focus, but the festival also will reflect Bausch's influence on younger European artists and the different ways dance theater (also known as Tanztheater) has stimulated theatrical language.

Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal performed her piece The Window Washer in October; Modena Teatro Comunale, meanwhile, offered Henrietta Horn (who inherited director ship of the Essen Folkwang Tanzstudio from Bausch) in Itambe, and the controversial Belgian choreographer Alain Platel's new work Allemaal Indiaan. In November, Ferrara Teatro Comunale will bring Johann Kresnik's Goya and co-produce Flemish choreographer and videomaker Wim Vandekeybus's Inasmuch as Life is borrowed.

American choreographers Trisha Brown and William Forsythe also found a special place in the Danzaduemila Festival, which in October showcased Brown's Five Part Weather Invention, Rapture to Leon James and Groove and Countermove; also Canto/Pianto, Twelve Ton Rose, M.O. and If You Couldn't See Me, which celebrates her unfailing capacity to find new relationships between choreography and music. In November, Frankfurt Ballet offers Forsythe's iconoclastic approach to balletic language with a triple bill of One flat thing, Duo and 7 to 10 passages.

Italian dance's "golden boy," Mauro Bigonzetti, presented a post-classical ballet, his new A Midsummer Night's Dream, to an original score by U.K. pop musician Elvis Costello. The festival will be rounded out this month by the emerging Sicilian neoclassical choreographer Roberto Zappala, Monica Casadei and the dance theater group L'Impasto with its Seattle memorandum. For a full schedule, see www.bologna2000.it.
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Title Annotation:Danzaduemila (Dance 2000) Festival
Author:Poletti, Silvia
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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