In October half-term ACE Youth and ACE dance and music Directors Ian and Gail Parmel spent a week in Switzerland, working with the country’s premiere youth dance company: Compagnie Virevolte, who are led by Artistic Director Manon Hotte. The two companies worked together at Manon’s school: ‘Atelier Danse Manon Hotte’ and have begun creating a new collaboration together ‘Who are we? / Qui sommes nous?’. This visit was made possible by Birmingham City Council’s Great International City programme and marks the first of a three part project, which will see return visits to Birmingham and Geneva in 2013.
Compagnie Virevolte are also one of the core members of our European Youth Dance Network ‘Dance=Desir’ but this was the first time the 2 companies had worked together artistically. It was a really wonderful, creative, stimulating and easy going week, which culminated in a sharing of work at La Salle des Fetes de Vernier. ACE dance and music would like to extend their thanks to everyone at Virevolte for being fantastic hosts and taking such good care of us. We will be bringing Virevolte to Birmingham in 2013 and offering a selection of works by both youth companies and some of their Graduates at mac on 6th April – we hope to see you there!