event review - International Dance Day
Written by Oryx
International Dance Day celebrates the expression of dance in April every year, and this year the celebrations will take place on April 25 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris./p>
International Dance Day is officially April 29 every year, to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The celebration at UNESCO will take place on April 25, 2012, with the World Dance Alliance, International Theatre Institute (ITI), and its Dance Committee.
Every year a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is spread throughout the world, intended to celebrate dance and revel in its universality, to cross all political, cultural, and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language: dance. This year the Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is the message author.
The 2012 celebration will feature: Origine, in which choreographer Cherkaoui creates an intimate atmosphere with two dancers; ‘Sin’ from Babel, a natural continuation of his previous exploration of the human struggle for salvation; an excerpt from Babel created for TEDTalk Belgium co-choreographed by Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, performed by Mohamed Toukabri; Rein from Tezuka, where Cherkaoui returns to his first love, drawing; and excerpts from Rêves de Babel by Don Kent and Christian Dumais-Lvowski and Zero Degrees, Infinity by Gilles Delmas.
Cherkaoui says: “I think of dance as the most current, the most up-to-date history lesson, as it is in a constant relationship with its most recent past and can only happen in the present.
“Dance also, somehow, does not acknowledge borders in the same way as many other arts – even when certain styles try to limit themselves or work within a frame. The movement of life, its choreography, and its need for flux: these take over very quickly, allowing certain styles to mingle with others.
“I believe that dance may be one of the most honest forms of expression for us to cherish; because when people dance, whether in a ballet performance, a hip-hop battle, an underground contemporary show or just in a discotheque, cutting loose, there are seldom any lies deployed, any masks worn. People reflect each other constantly, but when they dance, perhaps what they reflect most is that moment of honesty.
“I like to think of a dance performance as a celebration of co-existence, a way to give and make space and time for each other. We tend to forget this, but the underlying beauty in a performance is that it is primarily the convergence of a mass of people, seated one next to the other, all sharing the same moment.”
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Born of Flemish-Moroccan parents in Belgium, multi-award-winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has a creative base at Toneelhuis in Antwerp, and is also an associated artist of Sadler’s Wells in London. For several years he was part of the Les Ballets C de La B collective. In 2010 he launched his company, Eastman, which is in residence at Toneelhuis.