This enduringly popular event has become an unmissable cultural and heritage fixture for artists and the Caribbean public.
This year's edition brought together professional and amateur dancers around a wide variety of dance workshops, music and a common theme: the gathering of Caribbean dance traditions in one place.
In his desire to make the Stage Intensif de Danses a true laboratory, a place for exchanging practices and knowledge about traditional and contemporary Caribbean dance, Robert Regina, dancer, Bèlè teacher and creator of the project, organised for the first time a Residency for choreographers and dancers from 15 to 20 August. This year also saw the launch of a series of conferences on the promotion and transmission of the intangible cultural heritage of Martinique and the Caribbean, with a particular focus on Bèlè, a singular form of artistic expression that occupies an important role in Martinique.
Bèlè means "beautiful air" in Martinique Creole, and is a practice that combines song, music, dance and storytelling. It emerged on the island after the abolition of slavery and is today considered as a legacy, a manifestation of the emancipation of the Martinicans at the time. This is an important cultural heritage for Martinique, and the future projects at the Maison du Bèlè in Sainte-Marie dealing with "Cultural and intangible heritage and creation" are proof of this.
The Fonds de Mobilité Caraïbes (Caribbean mobility fund) is part of the Africa and Caribbean cultural cooperation mission of the Institut français in partnership with Directorates of Cultural Affairs of Guadeloupe, Guyane and Martinique.
This programme supports mobility within the Caribbean region and towards the states of Florida and Louisiana as well as Canada.
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