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Dansons! (Let's Dance!)

Montpellier Danse International Festival, 1981-2000

Dansons! (Let's Dance!) Montpellier Danse International Festival, 1981-2000


Marie-Hélène Rebois goes back over 20 years of contemporary creation at the Festival Montpellier Danse.

Initiated in July 1981 by the French choreographer Dominique Bagouet, the Festival Montpellier Danse has become since then one of the highlights of the international choreographic season. Welcoming every year the most famous companies and choreographers, such as Batsheva, Nederlands Dans Theater, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, William Forsythe, or Sankaï Juku, the Festival Montpellier Danse has remained over the years true to its original mission: to be an open place of encounter and research between the different trends of the ballet scene. The leading figures of the Americain modern dance rub shoulders with dancers from Burkina-Faso, baroque dance companies invite hip hop dancers to perform jointly.

Movie director Marie-Hélène Rebois revisits the Festival Montpellier Danse for its 20th anniversary, and draws an exhilarating picture of the contemporary ballet scene.


  • Jean-Paul Montanari | Director of the Festival international Montpellier Danse
  • Alwin Nikolais | Choreographer
  • Alberto del Saz | Choreographer
  • Merce Cunningham | Choreographer
  • Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker | Choreographer
  • Philippe Decoufle | Choreographer
  • Karine Saporta | Choreographer
  • Dominique Bagouet | Choreographer
  • Jean-Claude Gallotta | Choreographer
  • Maguy Marin | Choreographer
  • Régine Chopinot | Choreographer
  • Guesch Patti | Choreographer
  • Bill T. Jones | Choreographer
  • Mathilde Monnier | Choreographer
  • Wim Vandekeybus | Choreographer
  • Jérôme Bel | Choreographer
  • Boris Charmatz | Choreographer
  • La Ribot | Choreographer
  • Myriam Gourfink | Choreographer
  • Raimund Hoghe | Choreographer
  • John Jasperse | Choreographer
  • José Montalvo | Choreographer
  • Dominique Hervieu | Choreographer
  • Jean Paul Gaultier | Costume designer
  • Murray Louis Dance Company
  • Senzala
  • Compagnie Boyaba
  • Batsheva Dance Company
  • Urban Bush Women
  • Soweto Jiwe


  • Directed by:
    • Marie-Hélène Rebois
  • Production date: 2000
  • Duration: 1 h 31 min
  • Production: © Les Films Pénélope / Mezzo / TV 10 Angers / INA Entreprise
  • Available version(s): EN
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