3 - 10 July 2011

For the last seventeen years, the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie has organised an intensive week of world music and dance classes.  Dedicated to the discovery of world cultures, La Croisée des cultures has become an important event on the calendar for many lovers of African dance and flamenco, as well as for Oriental and Tzigane music and dance fans.  Dance courses and instrumental training are on offer, in addition to several workshops that aim to promote the pleasure of playing together and to develop technique by focusing on repertoires or by mixing rhythms, songs and melodies.

You will be reunited with your favourite teachers and also discover new artists, renowned for the quality of their teaching.  Among them are Fouad Didi (Arabo-Andalusian music), Manu Théron (Mediterranean and Occitan polyphonies), as well as Melisdjane, Wassim Halal and David Brossier (Balkan Tzigane music and dance).  The Makouaya Brothers’ sansas provide children and adults with a fun way of improving coordination between voice and fingers, while the students of Sharmila Sharma and Ravi Shankar Mishra will become familiar with the subtleties of kathak dance.  Merlin Nyakam will put his energy and generosity into transporting participants to the heart of mythical Africa….From Haiti, we meet Karin Label once again, who embodies Afro-Caribbean dance and will be accompanied by the songs and drums of Atissou Loko and Ted Beaubrun.

Three “journeys” along the roads of India, Africa and the Tziganes are on hand for children between the ages of 6 and 12.  Mornings will be dedicated to dance and music while the afternoons will focus on related activities.

The Croisée’s restaurant, located in the Parfumerie’s Grand Café, allows participants to meet up and catch up over various dishes: this will also be the location for the festivities and concerts at the end of the week.