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Project “Shifting Realities Brings Choreographers from Several African Countries and Germany Together

April 14th, 2016

Contemporary dance has become more globalized and its aesthetics more multifaceted the ever. In order to reflect upon this development, the project “Shifting Realities” is facilitating encounters and exchanges between fourteen promising young choreographers from several African countries and Germany.

These young artists will receive support and mentoring by renowned figures of the international dance scene in various stages over two years– from conceptualization to presentation of the new dance pieces. The internationally acclaimed artists Robyn Orlin, Germaine Acogny, Taoufiq Izeddiou and Panaibra Canda, who will act as mediators between Africa and Europe for the next generation of choreographers, will also help select the participants and provide important information as coaches.

The partner institutions, which initiated this project as the follow-up to Dance Dialogues Africa, include the Senegalese École des Sables Toubab Dialaw, HELLERAU European Centre for the Arts Dresden, and the tanzhaus in Düsseldorf. The laboratory, research and production formats provided will allow the young artists to collaborate at various venues and share ideas on dance aesthetic matters.

In the second year, the activities of “Shifting Realities” will include an “audience academy” in which the participating artists will have the chance to discuss their works and their cultural context with local audiences. The event will take place in July 2016 with the shows and lectures in Düsseldorf.

The Artistic directors are: Patrick Acogny (Senegal), Panaibra Canda (Mozambique), Taoufiq Izeddiou (Morocco), Robyn Orlin (Germany), Stefan Schwarz (Germany), and Stephanie Thiersch (Germany). The Choreographers are: Anna Till (Germany), Avatara Ayuso (Spain), Fang Yun Lo (Taiwan), Félécité Mballa Manga (Cameroon), Felix Bürkle (Germany), Fouad Nafali (Morocco), Israel Sunday (Nigeria), Jason Jacobs (United States of America), Katia Manjate (Mozambique), Momar Ndiaye (Senegal), Reut Shemesh (Israel), Sonia Radebe (South Africa), Souleymane Ladji Koné (Burkina Faso), Tian Rotteveel (Netherlands)



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Maurycy Barański, Berlin Global