ArtDance International Platform host their 2nd Festival – a feast for the eyes and ears involving photography, music, and visual arts.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the 2nd edition of Gibraltar ArtDance International Platform. After a successful launch of the festival last year, 2018 gets bigger and better!
This year the festival has expanded with numerous events starting with professional workshops with artists from last year’s event. Marso Riviere (France) and Southern Kids Crew (Spain) were invited to Gibraltar in April to deliver various educational workshops. The workshops were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all students. ArtDance will be offering further workshops in June, including by a full professional company Iron Skulls Co (Barcelona), who will also be performing at this year’s ArtDance.
Visual Arts Gallery
This year ArtDance expands to photography, music and visual arts with the launch of our ArtDance Visual Arts Gallery with the grand opening on Monday 25th June at 7pm at the John Mackintosh Hall exhibition rooms. Various events have been organised through the year inviting artists and photographers to attend and get creative with dancers providing artistic stimulus. Works selected in these events will be exhibited at our gallery. The gallery will showcase new works from local artists such as Paul Cosquieri, Alan Perez, and Naomi Martinez amongst others. There will also be a display by local photographers including photographs from last year’s platform by Mark Galliano. There will be art films including Nathan Conroy’s latest work including live music by GAMPA and live performance by Zoe Bishop. The gallery is free of admission and will be open for the continuation of the week.
James Wilton Dance Co
The 28th June will see for the first time a professional dance company perform a full production at the John Mackintosh Hall at 7pm. ArtDance is proud to announce James Wilton Dance Company performing Leviathan an adaptation of the famous Moby Dick novel. James Wilton Dance has toured extensively to critical acclaim, winning numerous awards including the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest. Featuring a cast of 6 men and 1 woman, their trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts and partner work, Leviathan will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.
International Variety Gala Night
We draw the festival to a close with our international variety gala night on Friday 29th June. Here there will be a welcoming by GAMPA followed by local dance schools Art In Movement, DANZA Academy, Gibraltar Academy of Dance, Innovations and ShowDance Company showcasing their work alongside world famous international acts.
We are proud to announce the eagerly sought after Humanhood’ (UK) will be taking to our stage with their ground-breaking piece ‘Zero’, which explores the complex relationship between memory and time. The most famous breakdancer in the World, Red Bull BC One Champion Bboy Neguin (Brazil) will be sharing a new film with us. Iron Skulls Co (Barcelona) will be bringing their entire company with them this year and performing their piece Sinestesia a performance of urban dance, hiphop and contemporary dance, which they have been touring the World with. Proyecto Larrua (Spain) will be performing an all-male dance duo, which merges together physical language and emotional landscapes within the different ways of movement and performance. Professional circus act aerialist and contortionist and runner up in Italy’s Got Talent, Marco Motta (Salvador) will leave you breathless with his unique movement style. These international artists are used to touring around the world performing at major festivals, theatres and on television, and this year they will leave their footprint on our very own Rock. An inspiring event not to be missed by dancers, artists and theatregoers! We take pride in hosting an event that is not competitive but educational and thought provoking in an environment that celebrates the arts.
Artistic Director/Producer: Nathan Conroy
Co-Producer: Joelle Montegriffo
Facebook: ArtDance Gibraltar International Platform
Main Sponsor: Casais
25th June 7pm opening of visual arts gallery: John Mac Hall
28th June 7pm James Wilton Dance Co: John Mac Hall
29th June 7pm International Variety Gala: John Mac Hall
BY NATHAN CONROY