This documentary explores African contemporary dance through eight modern dance companies from Africa, Europe and Canada that participated in the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal, Canada in 1999. Interviews, including those with dance historians Yacouba Konate and Alponse Tierou, add insight to beautifully-photographed performances. What emerges is a fascinating diversity of contemporary African dance themes and styles. Exploring the interactions between tradition and modernism, the consequences of colonization and urbanization, the self-expression of women through dance, and the roles of masculinity and family relationships, the film is a unique source of information and inspiration for dancers, dance historians, choreographers, critics, as well as those interested in African culture, past and present.
Dance performances and companies include:
Festivals, Screenings, Awards: University of Florida, Movement Revolution Dialogues: Contemporary Performance In and Of Africa, Dance Cogress, 2004; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rose Cinemas, 2003; Videodance Festival, Greece, 2004; Woods Hole Film Festival, Massachusetts, 2003; Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago, 2003; Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, Massachusetts, 2002; Dance on Camera Film Festival, New York, 2003; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, 2003; Dance on Camera West, Los Angeles, 2003; Wesleyen University, Connecticut, 2003; State University of New York - Rochester, 2003; Chatham Cape Cod Film Society, Massachusetts, 2003; Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Australia, 2003; Maui International Film Festival, 2003; Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, 2003; Videodance, Greece, 2004; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 2004; 5th Starz Denver Pan African Film Festival, Colorado, 2004; Roxbury Film Festival, Boston, 2004; Documenta Madrid, International Documentary Film Festival, 2005
Filmmaker: Ken Glazebrook, Alla Kovgan
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