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An exciting new dance project called Afro Play is set to spring into life and promises to challenge conceptions of the African diaspora and culture.
African dance Trailblazer Champion for 2017 Ithalia Forel is working in partnership with One Dance UK to bring the project to the North West from February onwards.
During its debut season Afro Play will explore the issues that arise for individuals identifying with African culture, using the theme of Colour Vs Place.
There will be a dance intensive at LIPA on Feb 21st-25th, leading to a performance piece at The Place, in London.
There will also be a panel discussion exploring how people connect with African culture and how it permeates our every day life; from the coffee we drink at our favourite coffee shop to choreography in new music videos.
The project presents an exciting opportunity for professional dancers to apply for a place on a dance intensive with pioneering African dance artist Alesandra Seutin, (from Vocab Dance).
The intensive session at LIPA will provide a safe platform for dancers to explore inequalities that exist around identity and heritage, with the final piece being performed at the prestigious venue The Place in London, in May.
Ithalia, who also co-founded the successful world dance company Movema in Liverpool, is keen to build on partnerships with LIPA, Edge Hill and LJMU.
African dance Trailblazer Ithalia is also keen to work with dance agencies to ensure dancers across the north west take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their talent, in an often underrepresented genre of dance.
Ithalia, 38, said: “Afro Play is an excellent chance for anybody who connects with African Culture to engage with this project and help us all gain a deeper understanding.
“You don’t need to be of African descent to appreciate and feel inspired by African culture. I’m excited to be in a position to promote the profile of North West dancers in this art form and promote African dance and its many offshoots to a wider audience.
“Alesandra Seutin is a a pioneer in the art of African dance and this is an inspiring opportunity for up and coming dancers to take a dance intensive with her and become part of our performance at The Place, in London.
“We are looking for professional dancers from the North West to come and take part in building the Afro Play dance showcase with us.
“There will also be a panel discussion exploring how people connect with modern African culture and how it permeates our every day life; from the coffee we drink at our favourite coffee shop to influencing choreography in new music videos.””
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