The 11th International Contemporary Dance Festival opened on Thursday evening at the Boualem-Bessaih Opera in Algiers, featuring choreographic performances presented by Algerian and Malian troupes, the guest of honor of this edition.
In the presence of the Minister of Culture and Arts, Soraya Mouloudji, this artistic event, which runs until March 13th, in addition to Algerian troupes, welcomes contemporary dance companies from several countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia, and France.
In her opening address, the Minister of Culture and Arts emphasized that this festival is an artistic meeting that opens up “high-level perspectives” contributing to “deepening the cultural dialogue between peoples.”
The festival, she noted, has become an “aesthetic window” on artistic experiences from around the world in different fields of creation.
For the Minister, the participation of Mali, a “friendly country,” as the guest of honor of this edition, should help to “strengthen the bonds of friendship between the Algerian and Malian peoples.”
The first performance of this opening evening was animated by dancers from the “Arabesque” troupe of the Algerian Opera Ballet.
Under the artistic direction of Fatma Zohra Namous Senouci, the show entitled “Confidence” revolves around the idea of a society that has lost confidence in its environment, without worrying about the extent of the difficulties and pressures to which it is exposed.
The Algerian Opera Ballet, with two other performances animated by professional dancers, portrays selfishness, love, and courage through movements of high technical quality and universal music.
The Malian National Ballet, for its part, presented “The Echoes of Drums,” a traditional dance performance featuring the performances of eight dancers with drums.
Under the direction of choreographer Dramane Sidibé, also the director of the Ballet, the dancers dance and play drums as a symbol of cohesion, communication, and peace.
In parallel with the shows, the 11th International Contemporary Dance Festival also scheduled conferences and master classes with a focus on training.