Movement (R)evolution Africa

Movement (R)evolution Africa

Streaming Video - 2015
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Where are the stories of fiercely creative African individuals and what do they have to tell us about their lives? Meet Movement (R)evolution Africa's choreographic trendsetters. Hailing from Senegal to South Africa, the perspectives and creative processes of these dancers and choreographers present fresh images of Africa, and bring to life the continent's contemporary identity. As they juxtapose reflection, rehearsal and performance, the artists open a window onto the emergent choreographic landscape of Africa in the 21st century, and ignite a new understanding of today's Africa and the global society of which we are all a part. Combining innovative narrative techniques and striking footage of dancers at work in the studio and on stage, Movement (R)evolution Africa explores an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation. The choreographers reveal emotionally complex and deeply contemporary expressions of self. Faustin Linyekula, exiled survivor of the Democratic Republic of Congo's eight-year war, muses whether his body his only "true country." Germaine Acogny, mother of Senegalese contemporary dance, exorcises the assassin in herself as she creates a work on the Rwandan genocide. Through her choreography, Ivorian Beatrice Kombe explores love and union in the context of life in a country that has abused the trust of so many of it citizens. Nora Chipaumire excavates her painful Zimbabwean past in the context of a jarring American present. Sello Pesa explores traditions as abstractions, while Madagascar's Ariry Andriamoratsiresy offers new ways to think about the meaning of "African" in "African dance." The Burkinabe choreographers and directors of Kongo Ba Teria, Lacina Coulibaly and Souleyman Badolo, crystallize a riveting response to desertification. Choreographers Rosy Timas and Elisabete Fernandes render comic slices of urban and rural life in Cape Verde while questioning the staging of female sensuality. Renowned African-American choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar engages the viewer in empathy-filled first-hand interactions with the featured African choreographers. The sum of these artists' stories is a deeply human encounter with creativity that positions African choreographic innovation as a veritable aesthetic revolution. Their stunning choreography and riveting stories challenge stale stereotypes of "traditional Africa" to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa. "The film is a knockout." - Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice "A revelatory look at African modern dance!" - Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix Filmmaker: Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 streaming online resource (streaming video file)

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