Lyon dance parade makes political two-step

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LYON, FRANCE, Sept 20, 2006 (AFP) - Ballet steps performed to revolutionary songs on the streets of France's second city, Lyon, has given a political edge to the city's 10th anniversary dance fest.

LYON, FRANCE, Sept 20, 2006 (AFP) - Ballet steps performed to revolutionary songs on the streets of France's second city, Lyon, has given a political edge to the city's 10th anniversary dance fest.

Handing out leaflets, dancers in the big pageant on Sunday that marked the start of the 'Biennale de la danse', running until September 30 found inventive ways of interpreting this year's theme of "towns".

Groups of amateurs, who have been trained over 12 months by professionals, had more on their minds than just partying. Although initially inspired by Brazil's legendary carnival at its outset in 1996, participants in Lyon this year shunned the normal feathers and sequins.

Instead, setting the tone were the Zurbamateurs who performed 'Slamaville' with highly-mechanical dance movements to symbolise urban stress.

Another group donned costumes of iron framework shaped as cubes to reflect urban oppression and "people who liberate themselves through dance", group member Thierry Borde said.

While in another scene, a woman quietly knitted amid young multi-ethnic break dancers spinning on their heads, in reference to the textile industry of their region in the Loire.

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Subject: French news

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