Usually you turn towards the great cities, when you want to catch what is hip right now. But important, cultural events also take place in other places.
Every second Year Vordingborg, 100 km south of Copenhagen, becomes an international forum for experimental theatre and art. Here artists from all over the world meet and show what happens within theatre, performance, dance and visual art today.
Through the years we have, as organizer, tried to expose the very broad cut of modern performance art by organizing the Waves festivals in different themes: Spectacular street theatre that acts towards the modern urban space with all its technology, decentral or eccentric art presented outside the great cities’ frames of artists who act to the fact to be outsider in all of the words’ senses, theatre of the voice, site-specific, Asia, new circus, comedy, dance and visual theatre; in total performances that can be understood no matter of language, nationality etc.
The intention of the Waves festival has always been to meet the audience in its every day space: the squares of the city, parks, shops, streets etc. and in this way transform the whole town into one big stage and to give citizens and visitors experiences they did not expect in advance.
All invited artists stay in town during the whole festival week, which gives the possibility for a creative exchange amongst citizens and artists.
With this kind of visibility of the stage art, Cantabile 2 hopes to increase peoples wish for theatre, as well as pointing out Vordingborg on the map as an important cultural city in a both national and international matter.
With 9 festivals on the back, Cantabile 2 has obtained a great organizing professionalism and a network of highly qualified volunteers. We feel strongly that the citizens look forward to Waves, and each festival is received with greater and greater expectation. For instance, back in 1999, about 6000 people saw the French group Transe Express’ performance that took place in 45 meters height with performers suspended in a gigantic crane, and in 2001 groups like Strange Fruit and Architects of Air astonished as many people with their peculiar, beautiful and sensuous performances. Waves 2005 offered an astonishing waltz on stilts (Teatro Tascabile), Deambulants’ artistry on the Vordingborg landmark, the Goose Tower, as well as Polish Piesn Kozlas’ awarded ”Chronicles — a lamentation”. Lately Philippe Genty has among others visited Waves with the poetic, visual and extraordinarily beautiful performance “La fin des Terres” and for the first time the festival presented an Off-program.