Transit – City in Motion

Transit – City in Motion is the name of the outdoor dance festival that Memory Wax organized in cooperation with Rörelsen – koreografer i Skåne and Sommarscen Malmö during 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The program contained local and international dancers, musicians and performers from Spain, Cuba, Japan, Israel, Holland, Greece, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Within the three years the festival counted with a total of 120 guest artists and 12 000 spectators that joined the performances in different locations in Malmö’s West Harbor and Lund.

Background:

2006 Johanna Jonasson and Miguel Azcue, artistic directors of Memory Wax, travelled to Havana, Cuba, to cooperate and participate in the outdoor dancefestival Habana Vieja: Ciudad en Movimiento. The same year the first edition of Transit – City in Motion, a colourful cavalcade of dance and music, was presented during Sommarscen Malmö program a warm summer day in the West Harbour in Malmö, Sweden. The program included 26 local artists, and 2 international guest performances from Denmark/Israel and Israel/France.

2007 Transit – City in Motion became a member of Ciudades que Danzan (Dancing Cities), a network of more than 30 festivals around Europe and Latin America. This opened up for new interesting international collaborations. The program could offer the Malmö audience 41 local and national artists and 3 international guest performances from Cuba, Holland and Spain. The festival was inaugurated with a performance at the amphitheater in Pildammspark in Malmö and continued the following day along the Sundspromenaden in the West Harbour. A photo exhibition of images from the festival took place later in the fall at Inkonst in Malmö.

2008 Transit – City in Motion continues to grow this year to 68 dancers and musicians. This was the first year we also made an appearance in Lund. The program included artists and musicians from Denmark, Greece, Holland, Japan, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Transit – City in Motion was inspired by the Cuban dancefestival Habana Vieja: Ciudad en Movimiento. 2010 and 2011 we created City Hoppers, a smaller, more flexible and mobile arrangement. Our aim was to also create opportunities for other cities in Skåne and its inhabitants to rediscover their landscape and architecture through the art of dance.

Transit – City in Motion was supported by: Sommarscen Malmö, Rörelsen – koreografer i Skåne, Malmö Culture Committee, Region Skåne, The Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Sparbanksstiftelsen Skåne.