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Dance Umbrella Festival opens (Sept. 30 – Nov. 8, 2009)
 2009 brings the 31st holding of the Dance Umbrella Festival with a program titled African Crossroads and introducing artists including Vincent Mantsoe, Nelisiwe Xaba (S. Africa), Kettly Noël (Mali), Opiyo Okach (Kenya), Nadia Beugré, Michel Kouakou (Ivory Coast), Andréya Ouamba, Kaolack, Compagnie Premier Temps (Senegal) and Papy Ebotani (Congo) in showcase type presentations or in collaborations with British dancers.

Invited companies and artists to be giving UK premiers include the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Paul-André Fortier, Jiří Kylián & Michael Schumacher, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Participating from the UK there will be performances Michael Clark (new commissioned work), Rosemary Lee (world premiere work), Wendy Houstoun, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (world premiere work) and the Vincent Dance Theatre. Also in a program titled “Where are the Women?,” Siobhan Davies, Charlotte Vincent, Kettly Noël, Nelisiwe Xaba (all choreographers), Brendan Keany (Greenwich Dance Agency director) and Julia Carruthers (Akram Khan Company executive director) will address the question of the position of women in British choreographers’ society.

Festival Profile:
This contemporary dance festival organized every autumn by Dance Umbrella, an organization founded in 1978 to promote the development of contemporary dance in the UK. It began as a simple showcase style festival introducing new choreographers but has evolved in recent years to become “Britain’s most important dance festival” (Time Out magazine) with a full, high-quality program that makes one of Europe’s leading dance festivals. In addition to commissioning new works and collaborative works year-round, it also serves as a promoter of performances by overseas companies at venues throughout the UK.
+Dance Umbrella Festival
Dates: Sept. 30 – Nov. 8, 2009
Venues: Barbican Theatre, The Place, etc.