THIS IS (NOT)... NEXT 2020

Like so many other cultural events this year, the 13th festival edition of NEXT had to be cancelled. That's why the five co-organising partners have created the NEXT TIME label in order to programme performances that should have taken place during NEXT 2020. The productions are shown in the course of the regular cultural season or during special festivals of the various houses.

Organising an international cross-border festival is a complex and lengthy undertaking. NEXT 2020 comprised 38 performances, including 8 premières spread over 16 towns in Belgium and France. This 13th edition was to have opened festively on November 12th with 'MAL' – Embriaguez Divina- of the Cape Verdean top choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Security measures decided otherwise, the festival had to be cancelled.

Our mission and ambition to present, to promote and to spread contemporary creations evaporated into thin air.  But above all, NEXT is an artistic celebration, a crossroads where cultures and nationalities meet and where various artistic practices toy with borders. That's why the 5 organising partners actively work together with the NEXT houses to integrate part of the performances into the regular programme of their cultural season or festivals. We proudly announce that we are going to present some 15 dance and theatre performances in 8 NEXT houses between February and June 2021 under the name NEXT TIME.

We stick to our course and we maintain our unconditional support to artists, companies and their creations. By offering work residencies and a virtual presentation weekend for professionals (in cooperation with Institut Français & Région Hauts-de-France) and by postponing almost half of the performances for a few months, the NEXT team shows its will to continue its mission and to live up to its commitment to the artists.

In February the premières of “ +/-” of Ali Moini (a musical and sung choreography) and “A filibuster” by Bryan Campbell (an 8-hours' monologue) will take place at Espace Pasolini in Valenciennes. In March you get the opportunity to discover “Les Forteresses” by Gurshad Shaheman, a committed French-Iranian theatre maker at le Phénix in Valenciennes. Also “Société en chantier”, the documentary theatre of Stefan Kaegi and his world-famous Rimini Protokoll will take place in June at La Rose des Vents in Villeneuve d'Ascq These performances and many others make use of the NEXT TIME label, thus enjoying optimal and recognizable visibility throughout the whole Eurometropolis.

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