INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE: THE BODY IN AFRICAN DANCE

A collaboration between Akaraaka and Dr 'Funmi Adewole, Director of Chaosandform

Previous events -

Integrated African Dance masterclass


Led by: 'Funmi Adewole
Percussion: Landing Mane

This masterclass explored movement principles found in many African dances;

-The use of 'grounding' to generate energy flow through the body

-Heightening awareness of focus points in the body enabling the dancer to increase their ability to isolate body parts

-Transfer of weight

 

This masterclass was for professional and semi-professional dance practitioners interested in specific principles in African dance beyond the display of virtuosity and speed. 

The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) supported this project by kindly providing bursaries for four disabled dancers to attend this event. 

AIMS
To provide UK dancers the opportunity to work to a high quality with African dance professionals, whilst broadening their skills in African dance forms and their perspectives on integrated dance practice.

OBJECTIVES

  • Skill sharing within African dance forms

  • Provide an example of integrated dance practice from Africa

  • Broaden the level of discussion on integrated dance practices amongst professional practitioners

  • Raise young people's awareness regarding issues of globalisation, cultural exchange and disability

  • Engage in cross-cultural discussion about the arts, artistic practice, social responsibility and health and safety

  • Create and strengthen networks between participating organisations

  • Generate material on 'Intercultural Dialogues - The Body in African Dance' and disseminate this information to interested parties

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