The Deltebre Dansa opts to become the European festival of the year

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The Deltebre Dansa, the festival that every year gathers great artists in the heart of the Delta de L'Ebre natural park, has been nominated as a finalist for the EFFE prize of the European Association of Festivals that distinguishes the quality of the contests and their impact in the territory in which it takes place. The Deltebre Dansa has already been recognized since 2015 with the EFFE stampand now it's the unique from Spain which opts for the prize along with 24 other finalist festivals.

Dedicated to the promotion of contemporary dance and the circus, the event in the south of Catalonia this year has 27 teachers, among them the Belgian Tomislav English or the Venezuelan David Zambrano, who for two weeks starting today, July 8, will offer training to 200 dancers of all the world. "It's like the mecca of performing arts," says the director of the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC), Miquel Curanta. "It is one of the most outstanding cultural events in the international arena."





One of the training sessions of Deltebre Dansa inside a pavilion

One of the training sessions of Deltebre Dansa inside a pavilion
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This artistic event was born from the will of Roberto Olivan, a professional dancer who had to migrate out of Spain to train professionally as a dancer. "After traveling around the world, you have the need to go home, but it's hard to do it when you're a dancer," says Olivan. "Sometimes I wonder why I keep on dancing and I find the answer when I look at the impact that I cause with my movements. Getting to thrill in this way is very necessary, and more at a time when it seems that everything can be bought, "he reflects.



Sometimes I wonder why I keep on dancing, and I find the answer when I look at the impact that I cause with my movements "



Fifteen years ago he started with this project and with a dozen participants; nowadays the festival has already welcomed 648 artists, 271 shows and more than 83,000 spectators. "Every year more and more people sign up, but we're not going to expand the place, because it would lose the charm it has in a place as unusual and quiet as the Deltebre."

Apart from the training of dancers and circus artists, the festival offers an extensive program spread over the fifteen days of the event. Program formed by 27 contemporary dance shows, at the hands of national and international companies, such as the bailaora Rocío Molina or the Greek-Mozambican couple Linda Kapetanea and Edivaldo Enesto, more one
3 circus shows where the performances of the Canadian company Barcode Circus Company, the Granada group Vaivén Circo or the French La Contrebande stand out.






Rocío Molina or the Greek-Mozambican couple Linda Kapetanea and Edivaldo Enesto, among the guest artists

In total 48 shows that will fill with emotion, dance and feeling the most unusual corners of the Deltebre. In addition, this year the Espai B, a space dedicated to those people who "want to see more daring and radical things", points out the founder. The mayor of Deltebre, Lluís Soler, meanwhile, has highlighted the Circuit Deltebre, natural attraction, an initiative that has been taking place for years to show the unique landscape that hides the Delta de l'Ebre. It consists of a route accompanied by 11 artistic proposals found in different parts of the Delta. "There are many people who have been excited while watching a show near the river with the sunset," says Olivan.

La dansa enfangada 'by Roberto Olivan, one of the hallmarks of the Deltebre festival

La dansa enfangada 'by Roberto Olivan, one of the hallmarks of the Deltebre festival
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The Circuit Deltebre shows the unique landscape that hides the Delta de l'Ebre in 11 artistic proposals






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