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"SIDance 2010" Runs Sept. 30-Oct. 20
60 Teams from 20 Nations to Stage 64 Works
Israel's "Yossi Berg & Oded Graf"

The 13h Seoul International Dance Festival or "SIDance 2010," which kicked off on Sept. 30, will run till Oct. 20, 2010 at major theaters in Seoul.

A total of 60 groups including 24 international groups from 20 countries are presenting 64 works this year.

Participating international companies include Cuba's "DanzAbierta," Spain's "La Compañía de baile Joaquín Grilo," Japan's "Young Japan, Today and Tomorrow," Italy's "Futuro Danza," Israel's "Yossi Berg & Oded Graf," Portugal's "Vera Mantero," and Lebanon's "Maqamat Theatre Dance."

Opening performance, the Cuban contemporary dance, was thrown on Sept. 30, 2010 at Seoul Arts Center's Towol Theater by "DanzAbierta" founded by Marianela Boán, who was a renowned avant garde dance figure in Cuba.

The largest dance festival in the nation is hosted by the Int’l Dance Council CID-UNESCO (Conseil International de la Danse), led by President Lee Jong-Ho.

The Seoul Section of the Int’l Dance Council CID-UNESCO Seoul office has taken the leading role in promoting Korea’s international engagement for the development of Korean dance scene and the advancement of Korea’s presence in the international arena since the 13th General Assembly of the CID-UNESCO and the first Seoul International Dance Festival in 1998.

Remarkable and promising dance troupes and artists from in and outside of Korea, including Cuba, Italy, Israel, Spain, Japan, France, Portugal, Macedonia, Togo, Brazil, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, U.S., and Mexico, will present a colorful variety of programs to meet with audiences across the city, including the Seoul Arts Center, Hoam Art Hall, Sejong M Theater, Sogang University Mary Hall, Mullae 3ga Cheoljae Street, Horim Art Center, and Yoido Hangang Park.

Meanwhile, on the side of the festival, "the Seoul Performing Arts Critics Forum 2010" will be held to provide an occasion for in-depth discussions on today’s dance culture and criticism and to provoke fresh discourse, adding to the richness of the festival.

Various discounts such as early bird discount (40%), group discount (20-30%), online membership discount, discount for professionals, and other ticket packages will be available to satisfy more audiences with reasonable prices.

For more details or tickets call 02-3216-1185 or visit its website at www.sidance.org



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