Mar 11, 2022 - Mar 13, 2022
Château-d'Oex - Fête et Festival
A thousand and one nights in Château-d'Oex ! When the Orient invites itself to the Pays-d'Enhaut for three days of magical dancing
"Originally it was about female dancers coming to Switzerland from South Africa, where I lived. After two months, an entire programme has been set up”, says Mélanie Revaz, president of Orient'Alp. The event has come a long way since then as it will celebrate its 5th edition at the beginning of March. The event takes place over three days each year in different parts of the village. The idea: to exhibit a wide array of folk dancing from all over the world in the heart of the Vaudois Alps: oriental dancing, Brazilian folklore, Berber dancing, Kathak dance, Bollywood, Mongolian folklore, flamenco and Tahitian dancing. “While it may seem surprising, it is precisely this contrast of dance and colour that makes the festival so exciting. People are very surprised at what they can discover. Many artists appreciate the authenticity of what we have.
Demonstrations and classes
From Friday to Sunday, no less than 100 artists will make you dream, during various shows:
Friday, early evening: Opening of the festivities with a free mini "light show" on the village square, where artists will present creations with light props, candles or even accessories on fire.
Friday evening: the Gala de danses du Monde, where some seventy international and professional dancers will perform on the stage of the Grande Salle, solo or in groups. They will present original performances, where plural dances will be honoured: traditional dances recognised by UNESCO, folklore or experimental fusions.
Saturday night: New for 2020! Collaborative project for a unique performance: concert by Ssassa, a Swiss group of gypsy music with various styles of Roma, Balkan and Flamenco pop, accompanied by Swiss and international dancers such as Kaouther Ben Amor, Assala Ibrahim, Silvia Salamanca, Eliran Amar, Ajsa Samia and many more...
Sunday afternoon: An Open Stage will allow passionate artists (such as students from local, Swiss and international dance schools) to present enchanting choreographies on the theme of a Chinese fairy tale "The Cloud Weaver" in order to make the performing arts accessible to a young audience.