Transition | Enter Communities of Body
International Community Dance Residency
In the Flesh | Distant | Digital
Athens Berlin London Bukavu Paris Online
Free Community Dance Workshops 28-30/11
Works in Progress & Meet the Artists – Free Online Presentation 18/12
The International Community Dance Residency, Transition | Enter Communities of Body is a collaboration of European and African dance artists, which takes place from 16 November to 18 December in the flesh, from a distance and digitally, and involves the creation of Community Dance workshops and creations based on the concepts of Community, Transition and Euro-African Exchange. A collaboration of Kinitiras – Artistic Network for Performing Arts, Goethe-Institut Athen and the French Institute of Greece with Flux Laboratory Athens, with the support of the Franco-German Cultural Fund and the kind support, for the realisation of part of the project, of the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation and the French Institute of Bukavu (Congo).
Blaise Mangitukulu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Emilie Vaudou from France, Marilena Sitaropoulou from Greece and Patricia Woltmann from Germany are the dance artists collaborating in the frame of Community Dance, Transition | Enter Communities of Body in the flesh, from a distance and digitally from the place where they currently live, Bukavu, Paris, Athens and Berlin respectively.The artists were selected in February 2020 by an international committee consisting of Antigone Gyra, artistic director of Kinitiras, who also had the original idea for this residency, Steriani Tsintziloni, PhD dance scholar-curator, Christos Polymenakos, creator-researcher-educator, Muriel Piquet Viaux, cultural attaché of the French Embassy in Greece, Dr. Stefanie Peter, Head of Cultural Programs of Goethe-Institut Athen, Iris Asimakopoulou, from the cultural department of Goethe-Institut Athen and Dimitra Michou, from the cultural department of the French Institute of Greece. After the cancellation of the live meeting in Athens in March 2020 due to the pandemic, six months of intensive exchange of challenges, dead ends and sources of inspiration, keeping a close eye to what is happening internationaly. Now a new, bolder version has come to life, Transition | Enter Communities of Body.
Always adhering to local and international health and safety rules, the artists listen, express and include their communities in their workshops and creations, sharing their workshops and creative process locally and online.
On November 16th and 17th, experts in the arts and sciences offered the artists workshops to use as reference points for their work during the Residency. These workshops were on community dance (Antigone Gyra), psychology amid the pandemic and the impact of the intensive use of digital media (Alexandra Vassiliou & Vera Lardi), dance in relation to digital media (Dr. Katerina El Raheb), the prospects of collective management of copyright in the Greek dance community (Angeliki Kanellopoulou and Ioanna Christoforou-Livani), verbal communication of choreographic research and creation, emplying the body/word method (Christos Polymenakos) and constractive feedback.
From November 28 to 30, Blaise Mangitukulu will lead a free workshop for professional and amateur dancers in remote Bukavu areas with no internet access, on the transition from traditional to modern dance expression and the hope that is not lost, even amidst the most difficult conditions. On November 30, three more free Community Dance workshops will be available online, for participants from around the world: an unpredictable online feast by Emilie Vaudou, the body as a tool to explore transition, under the guidance of Patricia Woltmann, dancing with one leg in Europe and the other in Africa by Marilena Sitaropoulou, in collaboration with Korina Kokkali and Jessica Anosik.
The four works in progress created by the artists during Transition | Enter Communities of Body will be presented online on December 18th. The discussion with the artists will be broadcasted online, offering the public the possibility to participate.
The communities of the body are all of us. We do not give up. We keep dancing. Will you come and dance with us?
“In times like these, communities are clearly the source of hope, vision, faith and empowerment. People all around the world are facing tremendous social, ecological, political and financial challenges highly intensified by the pandemic. Kinitiras will always turn to the people and their communities and ask them for ways to express, embrace and make the most of this Transition, employing the body as global common denominator. An ideal collaborative task for Dance Artists from Africa and Europe”
Antigone Gyra, Founder and Artistic Director of Kinitiras
“There is this inescapable gut feeling, which would -paraphrasing Pina Bausch’s famous quote- say something like “Dance! Dance, for we are being born again!” We are not after originality or the demonstration of power against all odds. There is a tenderness in the body and the communities, a distinct quality that promotes inspiration, creates new realities, secures results and is effective as necessary in times like this. Cooperating and sharing resources is the sustainable way to move on.”
Christos Polymenakos, Artistic Director of Transition | Enter Communities of Body
Free Community Dance Workshops (In Detail)
28 to 30 November
QUI ÊTES VOUS (Who are you?)
With Blaise Mangitukulu, dancer–choreographer, performer and actor.
Saturday 28th – Monday 30th November, 10:00 – 14:00 (UTC +2), Bukavu outskirts
For whom: Ten dancers from the Bukavu outskirts who have difficulty accessing the internet.
Working Language: French and Swahili
Description: The thematic core of the workshop is the expression of hope, through dance, despite the difficulties we face in life, the atrocities that our mothers, our sisters and we ourselves face every day. The aim of the workshop is to help dancers better understand their identity, their place in a martyred society and to enhance their ability to express themselves through their bodies on the Transition ECB issues: exchange between Europe and Africa, transition, collaboration, use of widely used digital media.
Will you grant me this dance?
With Emilie Vaudou, actress– performer – dancer and director, graduate of La Manufacture, Haute École des arts de la scène in Lausanne
Monday 30th November, 11:30 – 13:30 (UTC +2), Kinitiras on Zoom
For whom: People from 10 to 90 years old, regardless of previous dancing experience.
Working Language: French and English
Description: We are going to create a ball, a feast together, from a distance. Each of us will be alone at home and should be well dressed in festive, elegant clothes as if going to a dance. You should prepare 2/3 elements of «setting» which will give the impression of a feast and which must be visible in the frame, as well as 2/3 accessories to help you (for example: a drink, an appetizer, cigarettes etc.) Use your imagination! You also need to prepare a small text (3-5 lines maximum!) which is, for you, «an invitation to dance»: it could be an extract of poetry, a song or a spontaneous invention – you need to know it by heart because you will have to repeat it several times. We will start with the idea that you are waiting for someone to invite you to dance, and then we will move on to the meeting itself. With small movements, daily gestures, which may become personal and collective dances.
With Patricia Woltmann, choreographer and performer with a Master’s degree in Dance Studies and a Master’s degree from Trinity Laban, London.
Monday 30th November, 18:30 – 20:00 (UTC +2), Kinitiras on Zoom
For whom: 10-20 people with some physical awareness and some dance experience, regardless of the kind of dance.
Working Language: English
Description: Together we will explore the space of transition between the not-knowing and the knowing though the immediate experience of the body. Which transitions are there into future? How do we navigate through transitions, how are there embodied? Together we will investigate movement in the space between the present and the future, its resonance in our surroundings. The workshop begins with a warm-up combined of yoga and somatic approaches. In small movement tasks and improvisations we explore the principles of displacement, shift and relocation. Short compositions will appear. Every participant can find their way into his/her own movement language and enjoy aliveness.
SANGO: God of Thunder
Under the guidance of Marilena Sitaropoulou and the collaboration in teaching of Korina Kokkali and Jessica Onyunyechi Anosike.
Marilena Sitaropoulou is a performer, choreographer/movement director and theatre maker. She holds a Master’s degree MFA Advanced Theatre Practice from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and she has completed the BA in Theatre Arts at The American College of Greece.
Korina Kokkali is a dancer, choreographer/movement director and co-founder of the dance-theatre company JEUDi. She holds an MA in Movement Directing and Teaching from RCSSD with a scholarship from Onassis Foundation. She studied dance in the Higher Professional Dance School Niki Kontaxaki and she has a BA in Theatre Studies from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Jessica Onyinyechi Anosike, is an AFRO fitness Instructor, a dancer and part of the dance team Bantu Dancers, whose choreographies are a mix of African traditional and modern dance steps using rhythms of West African music.
Monday 30th November, 20:30 – 22:00 (UTC +2), Kinitiras on Zoom
For whom: 15-20 people who want to dance with us, regardless of any previous experience or training.
Working Language: Greek, with the possibility for English translation.
Description: In this workshop we are going to explore the two different dance styles the dancers participating in Transition ECB used as their tools for the improvisation. The workshop will be based on my practice and on how I approached the meaning behind the word “Transition -building bridges” which was the basic theme and research question for me in this Residency. Also, the dancers Korina Kokkali and Jessica Anosike are going to speak about their experience and how they approached this project from a dancer’s perspective. Jessica is also going to give a short afro fitness warm-up based on the classes she is teaching at Anasa Cultural Centre.
- The exact times and registration instructions for the workshops, presentations and discussion will be announced on the website www.kinitras.com/transitionecb.
For more information:www.kinitiras.com/transition-ecb-28-30-11-ergastiria-community-dance