Casa África supports african participation in Masdanza dance festival

Del 15 al 22 de octubre de 2011
Masdanza

The Department of Culture of San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Council is pleased to announce the X Solo Contest within 16MASDANZA, THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL OF THE CANARY ISLANDS, which will be held from the 15 to 22 of October 2011 in Maspalomas- Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain).

Casa África supports the presence of African contemporary dance companies in this festival. The period for the reception of all the documentation is from 1st. FEBRUARY to  30th JUNE 2011 (postmark on package).  

The Organisation works with programming managers and with national and international festivals for the participation of the winners in their programmes. In any case the programming managers will select the piece / pieces that better suit their interests.

Participation is open to creators of any nationality. They will be able to participate with original
pieces or pieces created and premiered from 1st January 2009.
 
The duration of the piece must NOT be less than TEN minutes NOR go over FIFTEEN minutes.
 
The pieces that do not respect these time limits may be disqualified.

Rules for solo contest

Rules for choreography contest (The choreographic pieces must be performed by a minimum of THREE (3) dancers and a maximum of FIVE (5)

The África en Movimiento (Africa in Motion) programme is a Casa  África initiative for promoting the presence of African stage artists in Spain, with the premises of public diplomacy for cultural cooperation events that are applied by the institution, avoiding paternalism and using these disciplines to bring Africa and Spain closer together. 

Initially, the programme will be focused on contemporary African dance, although it does not exclude the idea of becoming involved with other arts.  The confirmation that an enormous amount of choreographic wealth exists in the neighbouring continent, which has yet to be discovered by Spanish audiences, has been the deciding factor for setting this programme into motion.

Just as is stated in the 2nd Africa Plan, Africa en Movimiento addresses the desire to "contribute towards improving mutual knowledge between Spanish society and African societies by fostering the dissemination of a plural and contemporary image of both, and promoting exchange and collaboration processes between the two cultures."  Following this principle, Casa África´s commitment to Pan-African stage arts rests on these objectives:

1.    To bring Africa closer to public Spanish opinions by using stage arts to provide a real image of the continent, its potential and heterogeneity.

2.    To work closely with the professional stage arts industry in Africa so as to understand its interests and priorities, contributing towards finding potential counterparts in Spain and promoting contact.

3.    To act as a speaker of this industry´s interests and priorities for Spain and the European Union.

 
 
 
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