The DDD unprecedented 5th edition was (still) a success

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José Caldeira

Different year, different edition, this could be the definition of the 5th edition of DDD-Days of the Dance festival, where theatre seat availability was reduced to 50% and other preventive measures had to be followed to comply with the health measures in place. That said, this was already a different challenge for the DDD- Festival Days of the Dance 5th edition, among an unprecedented global health crisis. The event was held between 20 and 30 April, and attracted circa 2300 viewers, in compliance with all safety health measures issued by the DGS. The programme included 12 spoken words sessions, all almost sold out, in Porto, Matosinhos, Vila Nova de Gaia and, for the first time ever, in Viana do Castelo.

The organisation deems the event a success, given it was organised following an in-person and online format. The online programming gathered circa 9700 views, and featured performances, masterclasses, talks, documentaries, as well as parties in several platforms in the event, namely the BOL, YouTube, Facebook and Zoom.

The audience of such an unprecedented DDD edition included circa 80 cultural programmers of 16 countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland. The online format was the way to surpass pandemic constraints regarding circulation, and make it possible for creators and artists to still attend such premieres by Jonas & Lander, Ana Isabel Castro, Catarina Miranda, Renan Martins & Frankão, and Jorge Jácome & Marco da Silva Ferreira.

The exhibition themed “Para uma Timeline a Haver – genealogias para a dança como prática artística em Portugal”, inaugurated on 22 April, is on display until 11 July, at the Museu de Serralves.

The DDD – Festival Dias da Dança is back for its 6th edition, in April 2022.