The last edition of Cannes’ Festival de danse was a kind of mirror of the times. Biennial, it skipped last year’s lockdown but called to account the new incertitude of this season. Director Brigitte Lefèvre, at her last mandate before the arrival of the newly appointed Didier Deschamps, rooted her last program in the metaphoric security of two themes: “earth” (after the other three elements: water, air, fire) and “femininity.” A link with the territory was also essential in the program: in cooperation with the Cannes based École Supérieure de danse, professional students could benefit from masterclasses, the Nice University organized a thematic conference, the city offered films projections and expositions, one of them dedicated to the famous ballerina Rosella Hightower, founder of the local academy.
CCN - Ballet de Lorraine perform “Sounddance” by Merce Cunningham at Cannes Dance Festival. Photograph by Nathalie Sternalski