The Artistic Director of Transe Express chatted to Emma Clarendon about Cristal Palace, taking place as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

Hi Remi, could you explain a bit more about what Cristal Palace is about? Cristal Palace is about transforming a public space into a ballroom and bringing people together. We travel through different eras in dance and music and we think dancing is something, that unites people all over the world. The audience will be part of the show and dance among our performers, who are not professional dancers.. so if they can dance, everybody can!

How did the concept for the show come about? We wanted to try something different and create a show, were the audience is completely involved. So the idea of a show about dance was born, which we never did.. our artists are not dancers in general, they are musicians and actors. And what better to create an open air ballroom, then a 12m large chandelier sparkling over your head?

How are you feeling about being involved with this year’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival? We are very happy to be part of this festival and especially proud of the collaboration with local
dance groups from Woolwich and the Docklands.

Could you tell me more about Transe Express? Transe express is one of the oldest street art companies in France, existing for over 35 years now, on
tour since all over the world with more than 20 different shows; 150 artists are working with us regularly. It’s like a big family.

What’s next in store for the company? The summer will continue busy with different shows in Europe, but the team of Cristal Palace will
have a break until September after almost three months touring non-stop.

For those coming along to see Cristal Palace what can they expect? A lot of fun and dancing.

By Emma Clarendon

Cristal Palace will perform as part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival on the 6th July.

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