International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The event takes place every year on 29 April, which is the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), the creator of modern ballet. The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held on the date all over the world. UNESCO formally recognize ITI to be the creators and organizers of the event.
The day is usually observed with public dance manifestations to share the joy of movement but also to make dance visible and accessible to a wider audience.
This year the Covid-19 pandemic means that we can’t meet for large-scale public celebrations so, instead, we offer a documentation of a commissioned dance piece performed at the opening of the international media conference Nordmedia09 at the Karlstad University.
Performers: H.S.H. Prince Frei of Lorenzburg, Maria Svensson, Johanna Norelius