­­­Climate change and its associated social upheavals are preoccupying people in all parts of the world. The effects of man-made changes on the climate are drastically influencing life and coexistence on this planet. In order to stop the continued destruction of the environment, we need to shift from an anthropocentric view of the world to a way of dealing with nature that regards all forms of life as equal. Many places great hope in the powers of science and technology, but to achieve real sustainability in dealing with nature, technology alone will not be enough. The problems of climate change can only be solved together and art can help. We believe that dance as one of the most original forms of expression has the potential to support this search for answers, since many cultures have a large repertoire of dances that express the relationship between humans and nature in many different ways. This is also the case in numerous African cultures. Harvest dances, animal dances, or rituals, such as those to call for rain, are often part of complex ceremonies based on the close observation of how nature shifts and changes, as well as an understanding of local ecosystems.

Therefore, we would like to ask ourselves: is it possible that practicing such dances makes us more attentive to the needs of nature? Can dance teach us to pay more attention to our environment? And how could look like forms of contemporary dance dealing in new ways with our relationship to nature in all its facets?

The Ugandan initiative “Dance Revolution East Africa”, the production house “Yongonlon” in Burkina Faso, and the German “Company Christoph Winkler” have hence joined forces to begin a major research on the topic of “Environmental Dances”. Due to the worldwide pandemic and the travel restrictions associated with it, we have decided to start a video challenge with the goal of selecting the ten Best Environmental Dance Videos. The videos should have a length of ca. three to five minutes. Exceptions are possible. Each selected video will receive a prize of 250,00 Euro and will be published online in a compilation together with all other videos. Winners will be selected by a jury.

Que cherchons-nous?

Le projet a pour ambition de stimuler une réflexion sur le fond entre la danse et l’environnement. L’écosystème, la nature, les animaux ou le paysage doivent être des partenaires égaux en droits dans la création et ne pas simplement servir d’arrière-plan photogénique. La danse émergeant d’un tel processus serait le résultat d’une collaboration entre la nature et l’homme qui ne peut se réduire à des aspects formels.Les vidéos soumises devront montrer clairement cette réflexion. Il peut s'agir de danses traditionnelles qui sont réinterprétées, de chorégraphies originales, de travaux in situ, ou de toute autre forme d’exploration performative de ce thème.

Qui peut participer?

En principe, tout artiste dans le domaine de la danse, groupe de danse, activiste ou amateur intéressé, quel que soit son âge, son sexe ou son niveau d'éducation, dans les régions d'Afrique de l'Est et de l'Ouest (la restriction régionale résulte de l'origine de nos organisations partenaires).

(the regional restriction is due to the origins of our partner organizations)

Quel rôle joue la qualité de la vidéo ?

Il n’y a pas d’instructions spécifiques concernant le format ou la qualité des vidéos. Mais étant donné que le jury doit décider à partir des vidéos, la réalisation cinématographique ou l’esthétique seront sans aucun doute des critères de sélection.

Comment présenter sa candidature ?

La candidature se fait uniquement en remplissant le formulare ci-dessous.

 

DATE LIMITE 23.11.2020

 

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