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Two Dance Artists
Boyzie Cekwana (South Africa) and Panaibra Gabriel (Mozambique), encourage and support African artists connecting and working together in Africa instead of always meeting up in Europe or the U.S. These accomplished artists create work together and travel to support their African dance peers. They also train, assist and inspire the next generation of young contemporary dance artists on the continent.

Two Organizations
NewArt New Mexico (NANM) and VSA arts of New Mexico are partners in promoting artistic, community and global connections, especially with Africa. NANM and VSA present and co-present African artists through Global DanceFest (GDF). Now, a new GDF festival, JourneysAFRICA, invites new and familiar dance and theater artists from across southern Africa to North Fourth in 2009 and 2010.

VSA North Fourth Art Center is a member of The Africa Contemporary ArtsConsortium, a landmark program designed to initiate, develop and sustain a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations and public communities throughout the United States and the African continent.

Global DanceFest 2009–10 is supported in part by Best Western Rio Grande Inn, the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund; LEF Foundation; McCune Charitable Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New Mexico Tourism Department; WESTAF/ TourWest

GLOBAL DANCEFEST • JourneysAFRICA

Celebrating 10 Years of International Contemporary Dance

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N4th Theater, 4904 4th NW

Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

JourneysAFRICA, a program of Global DanceFest, was created to present accomplished, original and provocative African artists in a series of dance-based mini-festivals enhanced and contextualized by theater, film and gallery exhibits. JourneysAFRICA supports the work of African artists and enhances Albuquerque’s cultural, historical, political and geographic knowledge of the continent of Africa. Planning and programming for Fall 2009 and 2010 is focused on southern Africa, spotlighting a distinct region of this enormous and complicated continent to highlight the abundance of African talent and creativity.

(IN)DEPENDENCE Panaibra Gabriel, choreographer, MOZAMBIQUE

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Friday & Saturday

October 23-24, 8pm

Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors/students Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Six dancers of distinct physicality and uncommon talent perform (IN)DEPENDENCE, created by Panaibra Gabriel and company of Maputo, Mozambique. The piece is a powerful representation of what it means to be independent as a country, a culture and a person. Gabriel, director of CulturArte, leader in the Maputo dance community and gifted choreographer, recruited and taught this talented group of artists with and without disabilities, leading them on a creative journey of innovation and accomplishment.

BEAUTIFUL ME Gregory Maqoma, choreographer, SOUTH AFRICA

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Friday & Saturday

October 30-31, 8pm

Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors/students Reservations/Info: 505-344-4542

Inventive choreographer, exquisite mover and South African dance star, Gregory Maqoma, joins four exceptional musicians (violin, cello, sitar and percussion) in a unique work of movement, text and music. Beautiful Me is an exploration of identity and friendship, but most of all it is Gregory Maqoma’s story, told with love and lightness, humor and honesty. Maqoma grew up in Soweto, studying with Moving Into Dance in Johannesburg and Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels, before founding Vuyani Dance Theatre in 1999, subsequently winning national and international awards.

Southern Africa/IN CONTEXT

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Post-performance GeoTalks and light supper Gene Grant: Moderator

Friday, Oct 23 – Panaibra Gabriel; Borderlines vs. Interdependence

Friday, Oct 30 – Gregory Maqoma; Culture within an evolving/dying landscape – Tensions between modernity and tradition in a South African setting

Suggested donation: $10 general

Film from Mozambique and South Africa

Saturday, Oct. 24, 1pm
Africa Dreaming (Mozambique) 109 min.; Beat the Drum (S. Africa) 114 min.

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1pm - African contemporary dance films - including Karohano by Jeannette Ginslov, (Mozambique) 9 min.

Saturday, Oct. 31 , 1pm
Amandla (S. Africa) 103 min.; Angels in the Dust (S. Africa) 95 min.

Suggested donation: $5 general

Post-performance discussions with the artists
Saturdays, Oct. 24, Oct. 31
Included with price of admission to performances