Dance festival plans productions over two weekends next month

The 12th Festival Nacional de Danza Contemporánea will present five shows from Aug 3 to Aug. 11. All will be in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, which is just north of Parque Central in San José.

Organizers said that 10 dance groups were selected by a jury out of 19 choices. There are six special invitees.

Being honored this year are Danza Universitaria of the Universidad de Costa Rica which is in its 35th year, and the dance course at the  Conversatorio del Castella, which reached its sixth decade this year, said organizers.

The Festival Nacional de Danza Contemporánea, of course, is something that even persons who do not speak Spanish can enjoy. The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud is a sponsor.

Productions will be at the end of the week, starting with Saturday, Aug. 3. There are other productions the next day, Aug. 4. The next week the shows start on Friday, Aug. 9, and take place on the following Saturday and Sunday.

One performance is by the Compañía de Cámara Danza of Universidad Nacional in Heredia. Eric Handman of the  University of  Utah, a Fulbright scholar, choreographed the work, said organizers. Tickets are available starting July 29 at the theater.

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