As a storytelling tool, a ritual or a release, dance has been with us since our earliest days as humans. As live performances start up again here in France, we discuss some of the challenges faced by the sector. Sociologist and journalist Laura Cappelle joins us along with Allister Madin, principal dancer and choreographer.

From online dance festivals to home videos of rehearsals, we highlight some of the more innovative solutions staged while dance venues were shuttered.

Allister tells us about a professional year like no other, which took him from New Zealand to France via Spain, resulting in a creative collaboration with Ruben Molina inspired by the Flamenco traditions of Cordoba.

We also delve into dance’s deep roots and the vocabulary of movement that Laura examined while editing her recent book, “Nouvelle Histoire de la Danse en Occident”.

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