Monday, June 25, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] African Contemporary Dance STARTS TOMARROW with Pape N'Diaye

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Pape N'Diaye will teach an 8-week
African Contemporary Dance Workshop Series

this summer at the Dance Complex!
Starts TOMARROW TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH, 6:00-7:30PM, $15

Do not miss this rare opportunity to experience his unique contemporary dance style as
he infuses his smooth African dance moves with modern style & technique
in this amazing summer workshop series! June 26th - August 14th.

What is African Contemporary Dance? "Africa's new contemporary (modern) dance movement is small but varied and dynamic. It reaches, at this point, a growing cadre of fellow artists and interested audiences in Africa, Europe, and North America. Rooted in the National Dance Company movement beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, international exchanges, and spurred on by internal and international competitions, Africa's new dance movement developed in the swiftly changing currents of urbanization and globalization of the late 20th century. Far from reinforcing (or inventing) a status quo of tradition or nationhood, contemporary dance grew with increasing diversity and youthful vigor in a response to internal and external artistic, cultural, and political influences. The movement has emerged in mostly urban hot spots, performing for, mostly, urban audiences. Rural audiences are increasingly exposed to the work through the efforts, for example, of choreographic centers such as L'Ecole des Sables in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal, or through such enterprising cultural movements as Festival Kaay Fecc which draws huge, diverse, and enthusiastic audiences in Dakar and beyond through ever-expanding networks and partnerships. As a form, contemporary African dance continues to upset and challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes, reframing rapidly shifting relationships and identities in its wake. Today the best of this scene unpacks a fresh set of perspectives on the inner and outer realities that Africans—and the world—face." (Exerpt from Please visit this site for more information on contemporary dance in Africa and Movement (R)evolution Africa film)

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