2016 Summer Performing Arts Festivals in France

May 18, 2016 | By French Culture Arts

From Paris to Marseille and from the most renowned to the most intimate festivals, if you happen to be across the pond, you'll have the opportunity to discover a variety innovative programming. It will also be the occasion to discover the work of American and French artists we follow, and whose many productions are part of dance2016: A French-American Festival of Performance & Ideas.

From the cutting-edge proposals of the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis to the street shows of the Festival International de Théâtre de Rue in Aurillac, there is something for every taste!

The Latitudes Contemporaines in Lille will present Michelle Ellsworth's Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome for its European Premiere, on June 4 and 5, 2016.

Near Paris, June Events 2016 edition ends with a transatlantic crossing : four days to (re)discover six artists from NY and Montreal. While some of them are familiar with the festival (Benoît Lachambre, Frédérick Gravel ou DD Dorvillier), others, such as Dana Michel, are performing for the first time. Let's also discover for the first time in France, two performances from Moriah Evans: our guest invited with the complicity of Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard, artists in long-term residency at the CDC.

Plus, from June 28 to July 16, 2016, the New York City Ballet will be on the road this summer for a three week engagement at Théâtre du Châtelet as part of the Les Etés de la Danse festival, performing 20 ballets, including 14 enduring repertory classics from George Balanchine and works from Jerome Robbins, Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon.

Please find a detailed list of French summer festivals below.

Around Paris

Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis
May 11 – June 18
Seine St-Denis

June Events
June 3 - 18
Paris - La Cartoucherie

Festival International des Etés de la Danse
June 28 - July 16
Paris - Théâtre du Chatelet

Festival Quartier d’été
July 14 - August 7
Paris

North of France

Latitudes Contemporaines
June 1 – 17
Lille

East of France

Livraisons d’été
May 12 - July 10
Lyon

South of France

Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence
June 30 - July 20
Aix-en-Provence

Festival Uzès Danse 
June 10 – 18
Uzès

Festival de Marseille 
June 24 – July 19
Marseille

Montpellier Danse
June 23 – July 9
Montpellier

Festival d’Avignon
July 4 – 25
Avignon

Festival d’Avignon OFF
July 7 – 30
Avignon

L’Eté Danse des Hivernales d’Avignon 
July 10 – 20
Avignon

Festival International de Théâtre de Rue 
August 17 – 20
Aurillac

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