Island-hopping with Dénia Ultramar Dansa Festival
By Samantha Kett THREE days of non-stop dance and folk music are set to liven up the weekend in Dénia – back on the block for the fourth year running, the Ultramar Dansa Festival features a mixture of professional and top amateur foottappers in a spectacular extravaganza on the Social Centre stage.
The name of the festival translates as 'Overseas Dance', although this is in a very lit- eral sense: all performers are based in Spain, but mainly on the Canary and Balearic Islands, meaning they do, in fact, have to cross seas to reach the Marina Alta district capital.
Contemporary dance fused with traditional music from the artists' own regions offers a satisfying blend of old and new.
Only Friday night's show carries a price - €6 a ticket, which can be purchased Auditori de la Mediterrània. Entrance is free. on the door from 18.00 onwards – and the remainder are free, although places are limited.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
20.30: The Canary Islandbased Natalia Medina Dance Company performing Old Skin and See You, See Yourself, followed by The Carmen Macías Dance Company, with Y También Mañana ('And Tomorrow, Too'), also from the Canaries.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
19.00: The Maquinant Teatre dramatic arts company from Valencia performs Salüq, a fun hour-long show for all the family.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Noon: The Mariantònia Oliver Company from the Balearic Islands stages its 40-minute lunchtime show Volen Volen, a great trip out for dancelovers of any age from three to three hundred. hibition ‘Escalvas de la Belleza’ (Slaves to beauty), this is a novel and fun way of viewing and learning about the different pieces on show.
Of the 150 pieces on show, 115 are being seen for the first time, and there are some that have great archaeological value.
The theatrical visits are every Thursday at 19.30 and Saturdays at 11.30 and cost an extra €2. The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 14.00 and 18.00 to 21.30 Tuesday to Saturday,