Dance Bridges Festival was represented at the British Dance edition 2016, by Festival Director, Vanessa Maria Mirza invited as an international delegate for this year’s event in Cardiff &Newport, Wales. The four day event held across four venues- Wales Millennium Centre, The River Front Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre & National Dance Company Wales- included performances from 36 companies and independent artists from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as 72 dance companies as part of the trade show along with 11 pitching companies. It was a great convergence of artists, producers and promoters from all over the world with that came to watch a diverse range of contemporary dance and theatre performances from the UK.
Vanessa shares her experience as: “I would like to thank British Council, India and the Arts team in Kolkata for recommending me as a delegate for BDE 2016. It was really wonderful getting to meet so many different people from the dance sector and get to know more about their work as well share with them about the vision we have for Dance Bridges and the Festival as a biennial international dance event. I enjoyed watching the different performances which represented many different approaches to contemporary choreography and performance. It was an intense schedule, as we were often watching performances from early in the day to past midnight on some evenings. It was worth shelving the jet lag though, and I enjoyed every aspect of the BDE experience. I was glad to meet some old friends again and make alot of new connections. With 2017 being a special year for UK & India as a year of cultural exchange, I do hope we showcase some more artists from the UK in the next edition of Dance Bridges Festival.”