The festival focuses on promoting the development and promotion of neo-African choreography by artists of African descent both inside and outside of Germany. At the same time, artists of non-African origin are invited to incorporate elements of neo-African dance practices into their artistic work.
The main goal of the festival is to provide talented people with a stage on which to present their neo-African dance works to a wide audience without being subjected to stereotypical attributions. In addition, the festival offers a platform for networking, the exchange of artistic ideas and the opportunity to form creative partnerships.
The festival performances take place both on an open-air stage and in two barrier-free indoor spaces. The program includes not only dance performances, but also workshops, including an accessible workshop for young people, and a conference on neo-African dance, led by Nora Amin.
The five-day dance festival will take place from September 6th to 10th, 2023 in the Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.
The 1st slot of the Kuyum Dance Platform 2023 invites you to three showings.
4 p.m.: A film from the hands of the dancers: in Janne Greger - Next…II (Mali/Island)
In the 3-channel installation next…II (Mali/Island), two dance artists in the diaspora enter into a dialogue through performative video letters; Charmene Pang and Kettly Noël.
Haitian Kettly Noël has been building up one of the most important dance centers in West Africa in Bamako for over 20 years. Charmene Pang, born in Geneva and raised in her Hong Kong family, dances in Erna Ómarsdóttir's company in Reykjavík. Both of them are facing drastic changes in their lives, about which they exchange artistic ideas.
5:00 p.m.: My Way by Mathieu Konan Karfou
The choreographer prompts himself and expresses a brutal restlessness. "My way". It is the human being that finds itself in an existential crisis of orientation. It is the anguish, the inner tragedy, that one experiences when one embarks on the right path in life, with all its disappointments and resentments. Above all, "My Way" is a dance of hope, selflessness, belief in yourself and your own power to be successful. "It is my way, but the way of every man".
The showing takes place with audio description.
6 p.m.: Noir - the unknown life of Claudette Colvin by Meier Eden
Noire is the stripping of choreographic techniques (hip-hop, neo-classical, contemporary, afro-contemporary) to tell the story of a 15-year-old girl in 1950s Alabama through gesture, emotion, fact and humor.
It's March 2, 1955, and she's about to make a gesture that will profoundly change the struggle for the civil rights movement. She decides not to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white passenger, forcing everyone to question American citizenship and stop focusing on race to ask what it means to be a citizen to be.