The International Dance Day

In 1982 the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (Unesco) founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th April, anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

The intention of the «International Dance Day Message» is to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language – Dance.

Every year a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is circulated throughout the world. The personality is selected by the founding entity of the International Dance Day – the International Dance Committee of the ITI, which collaborates with World Dance Alliance, a Cooperating Member of the ITI.

More information: international-dance-day.org

Picture: © by Buby Bode, 2018 ITI International.

International Dance Day Message 2018 – The Americas

Your body begins before you and is the place of all the rituals that belong to you.

When you listen to your body through dance, you also hear the bodies and dances of seduction and celebration which belong to your ancestors and your species.

In your body you carry the dances that will save you.

The one who dances touches the other beyond the skin; dance touches their weight and smell, it defeats the tactile screens and it erases the borders between bodies and nations.

I have lived on both sides of history. I have seen poverty and wealth, landscapes and bodies fed and abused by power. My work excavates, looking for the real bodies among those officially on display.

Being a choreographer in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the magical islands where I live, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and people dancing before birth, is an unmentionable privilege.

Dancing is the great antidote to the madness of mankind.

To each displaced person, refugee and exile from around the world, I say: you have a country that goes with you that nothing and no one can take away; the country of your body.

Marianela Boán, Cuba - Choreographer, dancer and teacher
Traduction : Malory Domecyn and Tom Johnson

 

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Picture by Buby Bode, ITI International

Messages from the 4 other continents

You can access the other four messages through the links below:

International Symposium Dance(s) and Ritual(s)

Deadline: 15 August 2020

Contribute to the Centre National de la Danse symposium

Can dance be perceived as a ritual? How are ritualised actions created in dance practices? What are their qualities, or singularities? What effects do they produce? In what way can referring to a rite enlighten, modify or displace dance practices?

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Neustart Kultur

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Emergency funding opportunity in Germany

Neustart Kultur, an initiative of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, will provide 20 million Euro emergency funding for the German dance scene, complementing existing federal and state funding programmes while avoiding overcompensation

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Residency at K3 Hamburg

Deadline: 12 August 2020

K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg provides three eight-month residencies per season to choreographers - the call for proposal for the season 2021/2022 is now open.

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Europe beyond Access

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?

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Rescue the arts

Plea to national governments

In the face of the crisis, together with IETM, Circostrada, ETC and In Situ, we call on the national governments to take measures to safeguard the long-term viability of the cultural sector.

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Audience Development toolkit

October 2019

Practical guidance to dance organisations

Aerowaves and audience development expert Heather Maitland have compiled an Audience Development toolkit to give practical guidance to dance organisations, using international research and case studies from Aerowaves partners.

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