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:

Cooperation projects with Western Balkans

Deadline: 17 March 2020

Special open call from the EACEA

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Residency at Dansearena nord

Deadline: 10 February 2020

A dedicated programme for dance and movement

Dansearena nord in Hammerfest, Norway is offering choreographers, dancers and others working with dance and movement the possibility to apply for its Artist in Residence program.

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Residency at Bora Bora

Deadline: 31 January 2020

Bora Bora Residency Centre launches an open call for artistic ideas with a strong choreographic base, to be researched and/or developed in the season of 2020-21 (August 2020 to June 2021).

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Dancing your way to better health & well-being

November 2019

A new report by the World Health Organisation

This report synthesizes the global evidence from over 900 publications on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region.

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