Creative residency by the Jacques Bana Yanga company

From the 27th October to 6th November 2011
Residencia creativa. Compañía de danza de la RDC

Casa África and its programme Africa in Movement continues to support contemporary African dance through creative residencies, as it has previously done so with other companies from different countries. The Artistic Residencies are created to take in creators during short periods so that we can collaborate in developing their creations in the installations.

On this occasion it will be the contemporary African dance company Jacques Bana Yanga, from the  Democratic Republic of the Congo who will undertake a choreographic residency with Natalia Medina's Caracola School. She is the Director of Masdanza, the Competition where this company won 2nd Prize in the Choreography Competition  2011 with its choreography 'Laisse-moi parler'.

Jaques Bana Yanga and his company will act as part of Masdanza 2011 according to the following programme:

Laisse-moi parler (15'). Winner of the 2nd Prize of the Choreography Competition

Thursday 27th October at 20:30h at the CICCA of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Embouteillage (15')

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November at 20:30h at the Teatro Guiniguada of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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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