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History of the Joinville Dance Festival

Consecrated in 29 years of uninterrupted editions, the Joinville Dance Festival is a national and an international reference for those who have a deep experience with dancing. Its stage has welcome Young dancers and choreographers who currently enjoy distinguished professional success. Since its first edition, in 1983, the event has enjoyed Constant growth, becoming a huge mosaic of simultaneous events and activities; from exhibits and courses, to workshops and activities focused on discussing matters related to dance, leading to abundant interchange among the participants who come from all parts of Brazil and abroad.

Time line (highlights):

1983

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July 10 – The Sociedade Harmonia Lyra, a historical building downtown Joinville, hosts the first edition of the event. Joinville was going through one of his worst flooding periods, which complicated mobility in the city as well as in the state. For the organizers surprise, 40 groups took part in the event, gathering about 600 dance students. It was a Five-day event of presentations, with classic and modern performances as well as jazz and folklore.

1984

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In its second edition, with expectations exceeded, the festival moves to Ivan Rodrigues civic Center. More than a thousand students, representing 62 schools, took over the city of Joinville. The duration of the event was extended to seven days. The festival started to draw a model that would lead to more than Just competition and which started to gain national projection.

1985

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That Year, the Festival welcomed the performances of the Black Swan Dance Co. (SP), with the choreography “From Men to the Poet”, also took part in the event the Ballet da Cidade de São Paulo, with the choreography “Karada”. The Ivan Rodrigues Civic Center consolidated itself as the host of the event, where it was held for the following 13 years. Besides that, the Festival attracted twice as many participants as the previous year: about two thousand dancers, belonging to 88 different groups from all parts of Brazil.

1986

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The Festival grew again that year. For the first time, outdoor presentations took place on stages set at different places of the city. The special evening was carried out by the Teatro Guaíra from Curitiba (PR). Once again, the number of participants beat the previous records, to the organizers surprise.

1987

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The unforgettable spectacle that year was presented by the Studio D1, from Curitiba (PR). The company put together a special presentation: the second act of the ballet “La Bayadère”, starred by Jair Moraes and Ana Botafogo. That was the first time that the latter took part in the Festival.

1988

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The 10-day Festival hosted more than 150 hours of presentations. The first spectacle to go on stage was that year was “Lament for Slaves”, a tribute to centenary of abolishion of slavery in Brazil. Also, the opening of the event saw the performance of the Ballet Castro Alves, from Salvador (BA).

1989

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That year, special attention was drawn by the Company of Paris (France), the Ballet Lolita. In addition, the spectacle “Swan Lake” was presented for the first time in Joinville, having as special guest the dancer Cecília Kerche. A year to go down in history.

1990

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No foreign group was invited to take part in the Festival that year, nor were new participants admitted. Nonetheless it was considered the Best up to then in the opinion of the press, teachers, judges, and dancers. Also courses were offered and the parallel events grew even more: with exhibits and the release of books. Special recognition to: Palácio das Artes Dance Co. – Belo Horizonte/MG, Teatro Guaíra Dance Corps – Curitiba/Pr, Nora Esteves and Marcelo Misailidis – Rio de Janeiro/RJ.

1991

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That year the Festival was marked by a process of better professionalization. The opening of each competitive evening began to have a special performance. The civic center was remodeled, so its capacity was elevated to two thousand people. Competitive evenings were opened by Ana Botafogo, Cecília Kerche, Nora Esteves and Marcelo Misalides, all of them from the Teatro Municipal of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, that year was marked by internationalization, as several groups from abroad started to participate in the event.

1992

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The festival comes to its 10th edition. Around one hundred thousand people attended the event, a record number. The ballerina Cecília Kerche comes to Joinville and delighted the audience with a performance of “Diana and Acteon”, together with the Argentinian star Maximiliano Guerra. Another attraction was the special participation of 24 groups that were Who had achieved outstanding performance in the previous tem years.

1993

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That edition paid tribute to three losses in the world of dance: Rudolf Nureyev, Jorge Donn and Carlos Trincheiras. An unprecedented exhibition of dance related movies was held at Cine Palácio. A highlight in the project was “The Square Dances at Night”, where the groups Who had won first place the previous evening, performed for those who had not had the opportunity to see it yet.

1994

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Ana Botafogo was a highlight that year. Besides being the performer at the opening of the event, she was a judge in the competitions and also released her book – Ana Botafogo, in the Magic of Stage. Carlinhos de Jesus and the Companhia de Dança from Rio de Janeiro were also present at that edition.

1995

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That year the Joinville Dance Festival had 133 groups enrolled, comprising 4 thousand participants. The opening evening was done by the Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, with the performance of “Suddenly, No More Than Suddenly”, with the choreography by Vasco Wellenskamo, of the Balé Gulbenkian (Lisbon), and music by Tom Jobim, who had passed away months before. Also a highlight in that edition, the workshop “A new paradigme for dance”, with the Paulista professor Paula de Castro, introduced the dance methodology of the Escola de Balé de Cuba.

1996

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For the first time, the Festival welcomes the visit of the Brazilian Minister of culture. It was a 13-day event and 150 groups took part. The opening night had as main attraction 17 members of the Ballet Bolshoi, from Moscow. Another important participation was of the Stuttgart Ballet, from Germany.

1997

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Around 20 courses were offered in this edition – from classic ballet to street dance and lighting. The Balé Nacional de Cuba gave a special performance in this edition. In addition, Carlinhos de Jesus steps once again on the Joinville stage and exudes charm and swing to the audience.

1998

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The Joinville Dance Festival is given a stage which is up to its productions. It is the Centreventos Cau Hansen, a multi-use arena, which becomes the main headquarters for all the management related to the event, as well as a great stage sized and technically prepared to hold any kind of artistic production. with cabin, bleachers and audience, the new space houses 4.5 thousand spectators. In that year the “pointe-shoe fair”, is currently considered the biggest fair in Brazil featuring the main manufacturers of ballet related items.

1999

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This year marks the beginning of a new phase, with the creation of the Instituto Festival de Dança de Joinville, a non-profit entity which has as its goal the complete management of the event. For its legal formatting, the Institute can raise funds from private enterprises through laws and incentives, which increases the interest from sponsors. Adding up to that, there are the funds obtained from the enrollments of groups who seek for the courses and workshops, plus the sale of concession stands and admission tickets, which makes the event self-sustainable, from the financial point of view.

2000

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Seeking to give young students of dance an opportunity, The Festival Meia Ponta (pre-competitive) was created, currently it is called Just Meia Ponta. The event is designed for youngsters between 10 and twelve years of age, who for three days perform at the Teatro Juarez Machado, a space for 500 spectators, located at the Centreventos Cau Hansen.

2001

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This year marks the beginning of the Mostra de Dança Contemporânea (Contemporary Dance exhibit), a non-competitive event for Professional dance companies, who had at first three or four performing nights, held at the Teatro Juarez Machado.

2002

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The Festival comes to its 20th anniversary consolidated as the biggest in the country. More than 200 groups from Brazilian and Paraguayian states took part in this edition. The grand performance at the opening night was with the Deborah Colker Dance Co. – which mixed dance with visual arts.

2003

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The Festival had various special events: a costume exhibition, visual arts, fashion parades, courses and approximately 20 alternate stages. At the opening night, the Balé Teatro Guaíra performed the show “The Great Mystical Circus”.

2004

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The growth in the number of dancers, students professionals of dancing surpasses the number of four thousand. Making it even more special, foreign companies made their presence felt: at the opening night, the Ballet Estable Del Teatro Colón (Argentine) and at the gala evening, the Ballet Du Grand Thèâtre de Genève (Switzerland), which performed three plays in order to show their variety of repertoire, after 12 years away from Brazil.

2005

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Citation in the Guiness book of records as the biggest dance festival in the world. The citation is in the chapter Festivals and Traditions – The modern world: “The Dance Festival of Joinville, in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, is the biggest in the world. Produced for the first time in 1983, it takes least 10 days, and attend it 4,500 Brazilian and Foreigner dancers, belonging to more than 140 amateur and Professional groups, with an audience of more than 200 thousand people each year”.

2006

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The Joinville Dance Festival comes, in 2006, to its 24th edition as one of the most complete events in its genre in Brazil and Latin America, putting together various aspects of dancing. On the competitive side, more than evaluating and judging, the artistic coordination and the panel of judges have promoted meetings with the participants in the following morning of the presentations, showing choreographers and dancers aspects that were deemed positive, as well as constructive criticism on what can be improved. an example of positive result from this initiative is in the genre of jazz, which had been below expectations, and in the 2005 edition was considered the biggest surprise in the event for the quality of the work presented. Also this year the “Meeting of the Streets” is Born, an event focused on the arts related to urban culture.

2007

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The Festival celebrates its silver jubilee (25 years) and brings to the opening night the dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov with his Hell’s Kitchen Dance Co.. The Festival of 2007 recorded the Mark of 4,500 participants and a 200-thousand-people audience considered all of the stages in the city.

2008

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The Dance Festival came to its 26th edition more mature, consecrated and exuding vitality. The programming brought together 4,800 participants. The classic production the Lake of Swans, performed by the corps de ballet of the Teatro Municipal from Rio de Janeiro, among them the soloists Cecília Kerche and Vitor Luiz, marked the opening of the festival, which gathered 4,800 participants in 11 days. At the night gala, the highlight was the opus Grand Suite of the Ballet Dom Quixote, interpreted by the soloists of the Russian Ballet Bolshoi, Natalia Osipova and Andrey Bolotin together with 100 other dancers and students of the Bolshoi school from Joinville, besides other invited dancers. For the first time the Main school from Russia and its branch from Joinville were together on a stage, in a complete ballet. Three novelties brought the Festival and the community closer together: the “Street of Dance”, the “Visiting the Backstage”, and the “Dance Catwalk”.

2009

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The Dance Festival came to its 26th edition more mature, consecrated and exuding vitality. The programming brought together 4,800 participants. The classic production the Lake of Swans, performed by the corps de ballet of the Teatro Municipal from Rio de Janeiro, among them the soloists Cecília Kerche and Vitor Luiz, marked the opening of the festival, which gathered 4,800 participants in 11 days. At the night gala, the highlight was the opus Grand Suite of the Ballet Dom Quixote, interpreted by the soloists of the Russian Ballet Bolshoi, Natalia Osipova and Andrey Bolotin together with 100 other dancers and students of the Bolshoi school from Joinville, besides other invited dancers. For the first time the Main school from Russia and its branch from Joinville were together on a stage, in a complete ballet. Three novelties brought the Festival and the community closer together: the “Street of Dance”, the “Visiting the Backstage”, and the “Dance Catwalk”.

2010

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In its 28th edition, the Joinville Dance Festival stood out once again for the huge number of cultural activities focused on dance that were offered to the approximately 6,500 participants in its 16 events. 2,500 spots were offered in courses, workshops, and seminars, besides the 11 nights of performance at the Centreventos Cau Hansen sold out for the most part. It was also the Edition in which the musical genre gained strength, leveraged by the show “Legs Up in the Air” by Claudia Raia, and the Broadway Circuit, a workshop that prepared professionals for this genre which is enjoying growing demand in the world of arts. The whole city welcomed the event on 17 stages set at squares, shopping malls, and other venues, adding up to more than 230 thousand people involved with the biggest Dance Festival in the World.

2011

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Once again the public packed the Centreventos Cau Hansen’s arena to attend the presentations for the Competitive exhibit and the Champions’ night of the 29th Dance Festival. The event held outstanding presentations at the opening night, and galla night. Special prominence should be given to the Deborah Colker Co. and the Teatro Castro Alves, from Salvador (BA). Besides being a reference in dance, courses, Dance classes and workshops, once again the Pointe Shoe Fair was a huge success welcoming approximately six thousand people daily. The Festival this year innovated also with its presence on the social networks, and with the applications for Iphone and Ipad. Add to those the focus for social inclusion, by making the Braille guide available, plus the introductions before the performances in sign language. In this edition the “Pedal/Tour was introduced, which is an itinerary of bike trips, combining sustainability with health.

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