The first Cape Tow International Dance Festival took place from 23 November to 3 December 2015.
The event was an electrifying display of dance, featuring 12 of the world’s most elite dance companies. This year, audiences were dazzled by performances from six countries, including South Africa, the USA, China, Spain and Finland as the festival inspired a connection between people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Audiences were wowed by the energy and dynamism of some of the world’s most celebrated dancers as they explored the theme of migration as an essential element of life.
The meticulously curated programme of works was complemented by a series of workshops, film screenings, and photo and art exhibitions, as well as a creative and cultural encounter at the Maboneng Township Arts Experience Festival in Gugulethu, which showcased a vast array of visual arts in township homes which were converted into galleries.
The Cape Town International Dance Festival incorporated and embraced two important international commemorations: World AIDS Day and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The festival included 6 performances in the Artscape Opera House, 6 performances on the outdoor stage at the Artscape Theatre, 1 township outdoor performance and 1 Artscape Arena performance.
International collaborations have been developed between local and global companies and artists, which has opened up future possibilities of collaboration and cultural exchange.
There were over 1 000 tickets sold and over 1 000 tickets given to disadvantaged community members.