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A celebrated Dutch troupe is set to take Skopje by storm on Tuesday, as it opens the seventh annual Dance Fest in the Macedonian capital.
Scapino, a renowned Dutch ballet company from Rotterdam, will open the 7th annual Dance Fest at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet tonight at 8pm.
The audience will be treated to performances of Holland, Bravo Charli and Bisving, performed by 14 dancers from the one of the oldest ensembles in the Netherlands, founded shortly after the Second World War.
“We are the oldest and at same time the youngest troupe, due to our refreshing repertoire. We will present ourselves at the Macedonian stage with something that gives the best picture of us as a company. I truly believe the three different acts will affect the local audience," said Ed Wubbe, the group's artistic director and choreographer.
The beauty of dance is its international language, which allows the audience here to enjoy the performance just as the spectators in Holland enjoy the show, added Wubbe.
Dancers Besim Hoti, who has roots in Macedonia, Brandon O’Dell, an American, and Bulgarian Ralitza Malehounova say they are looking forward to tonight's performance.
“The high level of art and dance attentiveness is the main reason why I'm a part of Skapino, as well as the opportunity to work with prestigious choreographers and dancers. The international signature of this company- to share messages they believe in with people from different cultures- is a great challenge,” admits O’Dell.
Risima Risimkin, the artistic director of Dance Fest, has announced that prior to the Scapino performance, several Macedonian ballet studios will be presented under the slogan “We dance, what about you?”
At this year's Dance Fest, which runs until April 13, dance and ballet companies from Zagreb, Kosovo, Saint Petersburg and Istanbul will also take part. Shows will be performed in Skopje and in Bitola.
This year's "Menada" special award, presented by the Dance Fest Council, will be given to Samuel Wuersten, artistic director of the Holland Dance Festival, for endorsing the opening of the Dance Academy in Skopje.
The 2011 Menada award for lifetime achievement will go to the Macedonian ballet teacher Elisaveta Kusovska, who educated scores of ballerinas during her 36-year career.
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