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And it was going to be a small-scale festival!

1st June 2005

And it was going to be a small-scale festival!

68 come along and have a go cultural dance and physical theatre workshops
17 dance films from New Zealand and overseas
14 performance groups in one 'not to be missed' cultural gala
It can only be the nine days that are 'The Body Global' festival of dance

Christchurch 23rd to 31st July 2005

Growing in stature since its inception in 2002 the Body Festival is quickly becoming a key arts event in the New Zealand cultural calendar. In 2004 over 12,500 people took part in workshops and performances over a two-week period and it is expected that these numbers will continue to grow over the next few years with commissioned New Zealand works and International performances already being organised for 2006.

The 2005 festival provides an enormous opportunity for everybody to go out and try a range of exciting dance activities in a friendly and supportive environment. The central aim is to showcase lots of dance styles and to expose the public to all the different dance options in Christchurch by focusing on community and cultural group performances and workshops.

Highlights for this year's festival include:

· 12 workshops in the foyer of the Christchurch Art Gallery in: Capoeira, Poi, Breakdance, Bollywood, Balkan dance, African, Jive, Collegiate Shag, Contemporary, Flamenco, Tango and Salsa and Merengue.
· Lloyd Newson, artistic director, of DV8's award winning short film 'The Cost of Living' in 'The Body on Film International'
· Daniel Belton's award winning short film 'Game' as part of 'The Body on Film New Zealand'
· The Body Gala MC'd by Te Radar and featuring Te Ahikaaroa, Deepa Saha, The Triple Tees, Hot Tempo, Southern Tango, University of Canterbury Medieval and Renaissance Society, Southern Ballet, O Le Ula Samoa, Ronggeng Anak Malaysia, Bindi Shah, School of Philippine Folk Dances, International Ballet Academy, Hepcat Swing and Common Ground
· 56 independent workshops at Creation and various community spaces around Christchurch

So whether you want to throw yourself into a different workshop each day, take in a film or simply sit back and watch a veritable smorgasbord of dance, come along, immerse yourself and join us, once again, in celebrating the Body Global


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