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NEXT EDITION ADDS NEW COMMUNITY STRAND
2020 LYON DANCE BIENNALE

In 2020, the Dance Biennale will hold its 19th edition, celebrating African creativity and the young artists’ scene worldwide. This edition will also feature a new community strand, Les Lyonnais font la Biennale (“Lyon citizens do the Biennale”) with inclusive danceworks headed by international artists. On stage and in public space, an array of shows, performances and digital offerings will lead us towards tomorrow’s art.
Twenty-one world and French premieres will generate this edition’s momentum. After the success of Gravité in 2018, Angelin Preljocaj will be back at the Biennale for the world premiere of his Lac des Cygnes – a far cry from tutus and Tchaikovsky. Yoann Bourgeois will also offer us the world premiere of his new solo, a subtle and burlesque conversation that eschews words... And the most compelling creators on the contemporary international scene – such as François Chaignaud, Marlène Monteiro Freitas and Dimitris Papaioannou – will be in Lyon in September 2020 to stage their latest pieces!

GROUPS ON PARADE
The 2020 Défilé is under way!

For the next edition of the parade, Africa 20<->20, being held on 13 September 2020, the steering committee has selected 12 projects from around the region. With a cast of 4,000 amateur performers and 250,000 spectators, this Défilé will be an exceptional edition in the colours of Africa.
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History

The Dance Biennale spans 17 editions and projects led by Guy Darmet and then Dominique Hervieu. Retrace its history from 1984 to now...

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History

Created in 1996, the Défilé pays tribute to the Rio Carnival. It has become a cornerstone of the Dance Biennale, growing constantly in stature.

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Portrait

The Dance Biennale has gradually evolved into a globally successful festival.

 

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RETRO
17TH DANCE BIENNALE

The 17th Dance Biennale ran from 14 to 30 Sept 2016.