Since 2010, Danse Élargie, a Paris-based biannual international competition ‘open to artists from all disciplines’, has fostered young artists and springboarded its winners to bigger stages and networks, and greater recognition. Co-founded by the Musée de la Danse – National Choreographic Centre in Rennes, and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Danse Élargie was created to push the boundaries of dance performance, inviting other disciplines to join the field and mingle, embodying an expanded (élargie) vision of dance.
Over its five editions, Danse Élargie has become something of a benchmark for multi-disciplinary performance and collaboration. It is a trial by fire for the artists invited to perform at Théâtre de la Ville before international jury members, with a packed audience who are free to stay or leave throughout the day.
The rules are simple: applicants must propose an original piece, not longer than 10 minutes and with at least three performers. This year there were 460 applications from 70 countries, with 18 selected for the first round, and 10 for the second day. The final pieces showcased some intricate hybridisations of movements and styles, especially by a new generation of urban dance choreographers.