Liverpool African & Caribbean Dance Festival

CULTIV8, LIVERPOOL’S AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN DANCE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE 2007 PROGRAMME

Cultiv8, the Liverpool festival that celebrates African & Caribbean dance in the 21st century, has announced an exciting programme for 2007.

From 23 – 30 September 2007 performances will be complemented by masterclasses, debate and schools education workshops. Presented by Merseyside Dance Initiative, the festival continues to profile groundbreaking dance works by artists from the African & Caribbean Diaspora including Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Burkina Faso, the USA and United Kingdom.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

PERFORMANCE
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
NORA CHIPAUMIRE: CHIMURENGA
8.00PM £9/£7
UNITY THEATRE

0151 709 4988
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Nora Chipaumire was born in Zimbabwe during the second war of liberation. This solo is a multimedia performance memoir in three sections :Kaffir; convoys, curfews and roadblocks and pungwe/musingoutloud about the revolution. Alex Potts performs a live sound mix of Afro-jazz, pop and rap. The work describes the personal and collective trauma of surviving war/revolution in Zimbabwe, asking “who am I and what am I?”

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
GLENMORE REID, MOVEMENT ANGOL & SERGE-AIMÉ COULIBALY
8.00PM £9/£7
UNITY THEATRE

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Merseyside Dance Initiative has commissioned local artist and teacher Glenmore Reid (a former dancer with the renowned Jamaican-based dance company, L’Acadco) to create a short solo piece for Cultiv8.

Movement Angol Dance Company presents the première of Physically Masculine, a specially commissioned new work that takes a look at male rites of passage and examines transition from boyhood to manhood. Choreographer Francis Angol identifies three facets of the male self – Me, the vulnerable self; Myself, the inner self; I, the physical self, and considers the process of acceptance by way of initiation from elder.

Minimini is Serge Aimè Coulibaly’s autobiographical work, a testimony to the frustration connected to the obstacles experienced when trying to express oneself. In traditional African societies, strong expression begins with the word and when the word is not enough, dance takes over – often arriving at a vibration that engenders trance.

…AND A FURTHER PERFORMANCE TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

URBAN BUSH WOMEN
SASSY, STRONG, RELEVANT
7.30PM £9/£7
ROYAL COURT THEATRE

0870 787 1866 www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk

Founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women is dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Urban Bush Women weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora, exploring the bittersweet joy of survival.

SEMINAR & DEBATE
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
LAYING DOWN ROOTS/PASSING ON KNOWLEDGE
10.00AM – 5.00PM £30/£15
UNITY THEATRE

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Cultural Intelligence – Laying Down Roots/Passing on Knowledge will highlight the importance of high-level provision for young people through the formal education system, as well as Professional Development for artists.

The day will include lecture demonstrations, presentations, panel discussion and a chance to express views and feedback on the event. An excerpt from H Patten’s new work Ritual – the Never Ending Journey, on the journey of the ‘African spirit’ through the passage of slavery, will also be featured.

Chaired by Tunde Zack Wiliams.

Speakers include: Nora Chipaumire, David Knight, H Patten, Chrissie Adesina, Wanjiku Nyachae, Bill Harpe

DANCE WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS HAVE LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED.
22 & 23 SEPTEMBER
BAWREN TAVAZIVA
10.00AM – 4.00PM £50/£40

Hope University, Cornerstone Campus
Claire Quinn on 0151 708 8810
claire@merseysidedance.co.uk

Before the main festival begins and as part of MDI’s Dance Intensive series, this workshop will be led by Bawren Tavaziva, Artistic Director and Choreographer for Tavaziva Dance Company.

Bawren’s movement is physically demanding, intricate and challenging. There will be an opportunity to discuss his choreographic style and learn rep sequences from recent performance pieces. Participants will develop material taught in class in a creative exploration of their own ideas.

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
NORA CHIPAUMIRE Zimbabwe / USA
3.00 – 5.00PM £6.00
MDI Studio 24 Hope Street Liverpool

Rachel Rogers on 0151 708 8810 rachel@merseysidedance.co.uk

This is a master class in Nora Chipaumire’s own movement style designed for both the professional and non-professional dancer keen on exploring a new method to dancing.

Nora Chipaumire was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and is now a self-exiled artist now based in New York. Described as “a defiant boxer staring down an unseen enemy

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