Oriente Occidente

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Where? Rovereto


Dance Festival in Trentino

“Corpi e confini” is the theme of the 30° edition of the Oriente Occidente Festival. In Rovereto there will be two weeks with the worldwide contemporary dance’s  gotha ready to conquer all the theatres, squares and museums of the oak city.

“Corpi and confini ” is the topic of a new project by Oriente Occidente 2016, which continues its traditional connection between dance and social phenomena.

Theatrical performance

One of the most important contemporary and eclectic artists will be opening the event: Jan Fabre. In Attends, attends, attends… (pour mon père), he skilfully addresses the worldly limit par excellence, the death, represented by the act of waiting, that makes life more intense. Several international eastern and western companies will be alternating, along with emerging Italian artists promoted by the CID Cantieri project, aimed at giving support to the new generations.

By crossing geographic borders, free bodies are visible while freeing universally recognizable emotions, directed by Ohad Naharin from the Batsheva Dance Company; these bodies seek social affirmation, as told by Jessica Nupen in Romeo & Juliet / Rebellion & Johannesburg with Moving Into Dance Mophatong, and as portrayed by the American Kyle Abraham in Pavement, a powerful representation of street life, between rival gangs and solidarity within Afro-American ghettoes in Pittsburgh. OPUS 14, a worldwide success by Kader Attou, also talks of street dance and hip hop as something that goes beyond individual talents and is in tune with the community.

Roberto Zappalà recreates “his” Sicily with the quintessential tools of tradition, and redefining the geographic boundaries of male bodies, rustled by the sound of a Jewish harp.

Emio Greco, a frequent guest artist at Oriente Occidente, is back as director of the Ballet National de Marseille to play a show in which body boundaries are lost when in contact with someone else (Two) and with music (Boléro).

The site specific project

Once the physical boundaries of a theatre are forgotten, dancing moves to the streets, on the facades of buildings, in the squares and in the halls of the Mart.

There are four site-specific projects included in the program:

  • an absolute novelty created in close collaboration with Luca Veggetti, an Italian dancer and choreographer who has been established for years in the United States. With Scenario, he will touch on the connections and boundaries between contemporary dance and visual arts inside the museum rooms;
  • the acrobatic and breath-taking dance/circus of British NoFit State Motionhouse, bringing together their unique styles in BLOCK a story of life in the city;
  • the challenge set to gravity by Antoine Le Menestrel, who plays a young Romeo determined to find his Juliet on the building’s facades in the old town;
  • a tribute to dance and drama by Marcos Morau in the Mart square, dedicated to one of the greatest artists ever: Pablo Picasso.

Do you want to have an idea of this Festival? Here you find the video!


This section is specialized in detailed study of deal themes of the 2016 with the contribution of well-known international speakers, journalist, writers and columnists. Many names that will present their point of view about borders, limits and human conflicts telling as corps could be both hostages and instruments of liberation and conquest.
The protagonists will be Paolo Mieli, Maurizio Zanolla “Manolo”, Antoine Le Menestrel, Domenico Quirico, Franco Cardini, David Bellatalla, Andrea Segre, Gad Lerner, Philippe Verrièlle and Lauent Paillier.

Workshop and masterclass

The Festival together with CID Dance International Center suggest six training moments to get close and examine in depth different technique and dance style. A unique opportunity is represented by Unlimited Workshop, the two days’ workshop is bounded with the Unlimited project and it is dedicated to all dancers able and disabled.

Moving beyond inclusion

It is an European project born to develop abilities, knowledges and the public audience of inclusiv dance with able and disable artists.
During the Oriente Occidente event there will be tre days of symposium, meeting and debates about disability and artistic creation with special international guests.


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Festival Pass

With the price of 5 euro Oriente Occidente Emotion offers the 30% reduction of a ticket of an theatrical exhibition, discount of the activities proposed by CID and other advantages about drink and  shops of  Rovereto during the festival period. For younger of 26 years old  the ticket is only 5 euro.

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