Tuesday, March 27, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Boston Film Premiere: MOVEMENT (R)EVOLUTION AFRICA

*Boston Premiere!!!*
MOVEMENT (R)EVOLUTION AFRICA (65min, 2007) - movementrevolutionafrica.com
producer/director: Joan Frosch
co-director/editor: Alla Kovgan
director of photography: Jeff Silva

artists: Company Kongo Ba Téria (Burkina Faso), Faustin Linyekula and
Studios Kabako (Democratic Republic of Congo), Company Rary
(Madagascar), Sello Pesa (South Africa), Company TchéTché (Côte d'Ivoire),
Company Raiz di Polon (Cape Verde), Company Jant Bi (Senegal) and Kota
Yamazaki (Japan), Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and
members of Urban Bush Women (USA).

Stunning choreography and riveting stories of nine African
choreographers unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy
of 21st century Africa.

Friday, April 27, 2007 8:00pm.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 640 Huntington Ave., 617-369-3306

$9 general, $8 for members
Call 617-369-3306 or 617-369-3393 to buy tickets on the phone
Click the link below to buy tickets on-line

contact Alla Kovgan at akovgan@kinodance.com
or visit the website: www.movementrevolutionafrica.com


Dominant media images of Africa commonly project a vast,
undifferentiated land steeped in tradition and ensnared in a web of
poverty, HIV/AIDS, and political turmoil. Personal and humanizing
attention to Africa often hinges to the ironic beneficence of
international rock stars. Where are the stories of fiercely creative
African individuals and what do they have to tell us about their
lives? Meet Movement (R)evolution Africa’s choreographic
trendsetters. Hailing from Senegal to South Africa, the perspectives
and creative processes of these dancers and choreographers present
fresh images of Africa, and bring to life the continent’s
contemporary identity. As they juxtapose reflection, rehearsal and
performance, the artists open a window onto the emergent
choreographic landscape of Africa in the 21st century, and ignite a
new understanding of today’s Africa and the global society of which
we are all a part.

Combining innovative narrative techniques and striking footage of
dancers at work in the studio and on stage, Movement (R)evolution
Africa explores an astonishing exposition of choreographic
fomentation. The choreographers reveal emotionally complex and
deeply contemporary expressions of self. Faustin Linyekula, exiled
survivor of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eight-year war, muses
whether his body his only “true country.” Germaine Acogny, mother of
Senegalese contemporary dance, exorcises the assassin in herself as
she creates a work on the Rwandan genocide. Through her
choreography, Ivorian Béatrice Kombé explores love and union in the
context of life in a country that has abused the trust of so many of
it citizens. Nora Chipaumire excavates her painful Zimbabwean past
in the context of a jarring American present. Sello Pesa explores
traditions as abstractions, while Madagascar’s Ariry
Andriamoratsiresy offers new ways to think about the meaning of
“African” in “African dance.” The Burkinabe choreographers and
directors of Kongo Ba Téria, Lacina Coulibaly and Souleyman Badolo,
crystallize a riveting response to desertification. Choreographers
Rosy Timas and Elisabete Fernandes render comic slices of urban and
rural life in Cape Verde while questioning the staging of female
sensuality. Renowned African-American choreographer Jawole Willa Jo
Zollar engages the viewer in empathy-filled first-hand interactions
with the featured African choreographers.

The sum of these artists’ stories is a deeply human encounter with
creativity that positions African choreographic innovation as a
veritable aesthetic revolution. Their stunning choreography and
riveting stories challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa”
to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st
century Africa.


Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan Frosch (producer/director)
explores 21st century artmaking through the voices of often
previously marginalized artists and
thinkers, including the emergent voices of contemporary dancers and
choreographers in Africa, and the African Diasporas of France and
the USA. Joan's 30 year creative path encompasses making and
directing dance theatre, writing as a dance ethnographer/activist,
and, now, directing her first documentary feature. She graduated
from California Institute of the Arts, Laban Institute of Movement
Studies, and Columbia University. At present, Joan is Professor of
Dance and co-Director of the award-winning Center for World Arts at
the University of Florida, and a founding member of the The Africa
Contemporary Arts Consortium (USA).

Alla Kovgan (co-director/editor) is a Boston-based
filmmaker/intermedia artist/curator, born in Moscow, Russia. Her
films have been screened at numerous venues around the world
including Boston Museum of Fine Arts, New York Dance on Camera
Festival at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and others.
Among Alla's most recent endeavors is co-directing and editing
“Traces of the Trade: a Story from the Deep North” by Katrina Browne
about the role of the North in the US slave trade; co-producing with
Russian filmmaker Efim Reznikov “Terpsychore's Captives II”, a
feature documentary about Bill T. Jones and a Russian prima
ballerina Natalia Balakhnicheva; and working with Kinodance Company,
on a new intermedia performance "Denizen" that will premiere in May
2007 as a part of Bank of America Celebrity Series. Alla has been
teaching and curating dance film and avant-garde cinema worldwide
and acts as an International Director of St. Petersburg Dance Film

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