OPENING OF THE 30TH CULTURA NOVA FESTIVAL + OPENING OF IBA PARKSTAD’S EXPO YEA
Groupe F - Eric Travers (F), Justin de Jager (NL), DJ Mimetic (CH) and 10 dancers
FRIDAY AUGUST 27 / 9:30 PM
LOCATION: CBS-WEG HEERLEN (ENTRANCE ON TAX OFFICE SIDE)
FREE ADMISSION, TICKET REQUIRED, ADVANCE BOOKING / SEATS ONLY – SOLD OUT!
(SEAT WILL BE ASSIGNED)
Roughly translated, Échappée Belle means ‘a beautiful escape’. Shake off the old and embrace the new! Now is the time to celebrate freedom and change, to leave a tough year behind us, and to see and meet other people again. To experience a wonderful performance together and to spread the joy, like a Mexican wave in a stadium.
Heerlen and Parkstad also have cause for celebration. The Cultura Nova festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary and IBA Parkstad is launching its Expo year. The region is also shedding its mining history and embracing the new. Heerlen and Parkstad are experiencing a transition; changes have been set in motion, all eyes are on the future. Borders are being broken down. Here in the Euregion, this is quite literally the case.
The spectacular opening of these celebrations will be accompanied by fire and magnificently arranged pyrotechnics. The artistic concept was designed by Eric Travers of Groupe F (France); he tells his story through video projections on an inflatable screen. DJ Mimetic’s (Switzerland) electrifying soundscapes create a beat that will have everyone on their feet. Under the leadership of the young, promising choreographer Justin de Jager, ten professional dancers will be performing throughout the spectacular event. They will each perform their movements on small stages, following the choreographer’s instructions via in-ear monitors. Alone and yet together. Sometimes intense and fierce as a group, sometimes slower and alone. Restriction and freedom go hand in hand. Centre stage is reserved for DJ Mimetic. On a large screen behind him, a VJ will project captivating images to compliment his music. This performance offers a chance to escape from the daily grind and enjoy the freedom of expression, despite the restrictions.
The opening performance for the 30th edition of Cultura Nova, which also marks the opening of IBA Parkstad’s Expo year, will be broadcast live on television on L1 from 9:30 PM and can be followed via the livestream.
Pyrotechnics: Groupe F
Artistic concept: Eric Travers
Music: DJ Mimetic
Choreography: Justin de Jager
Luc de Raad
A Cultura Nova production in cooperation with IBA Parkstad Expo year.
With special thanks to L1.