Global DanceFest 2008

March 7 – 30

Global DanceFest 2008 is on the way! The Eighth Annual Global DanceFest (GDF) Journeys AFRICA launches a new global adventure in presenting contemporary dance of distinction and diversity from around the world. GDF 2008 Journeys AFRICA begins a festival cycle that will focus annually on different regions of the world—and in 2008 the focus is AFRICA.

New festival components:

Dancers of Africa, an exhibit in N4th Gallery by internationally renowned photographer Antoine Tempé, establishes photography as an important contribution to GDF for a more profound understanding of contemporary dance.

IN CONTEXT at N4th Theater & Gallery each festival Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm of the festival. IN CONTEXT is comprised of a FREE morning of movies and documentaries acknowledging and highlighting Africa’s major contribution to the world of film and a noontime discussion of African contemporary arts, especially dance, led by the dancers performing that weekend. IN CONTEXT enhances the exploration of dance by providing a more in-depth view of the cultural and social geography of Africa. A chance for audience and community members to meet, discuss and socialize with the artists and with each other.

Schedule for Global DanceFest 2008:

WEEK 1:

Ron K. Brown/Evidence

Friday March 7 & Saturday March 8, South Broadway Cutural Center, 8:00 pm

Ron K. Brown/Evidence (NYC). Opening Global DanceFest at South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque) Evidence offers a joyous melding of African, South American, Caribbean and Jazz dance expression and tradition.

Saturday March 8, N4th Theater & Gallery 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

IN CONTEXT (FREE food, film & discussion) 10am Film: God’s Gonna Trouble the Water (U.S.), a compelling story of the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. 12pm Talk: JOURNEYS IN LIFE: The Meeting Room. An open forum discussion with Ronald K. Brown to share stories of legacy, acculturation, migration and appropriation.

WEEK 2:

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Friday March 14, Opening Reception in N4th Gallery, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

DANCERS OF AFRICA: Photography Exhibit by Antoine Tempé. Striking portraits of contemporary African and African American dance artists.

Friday March 14 & Saturday March 15, N4th Theater, 8:00 pm

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group (NYC). Wilson blends the age-old rituals of Africa and the African Diaspora into beautiful, energizing contemporary dance.

Saturday March 15, N4th Theater & Gallery, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

IN CONTEXT (FREE food, films and discussion) 10am Film: U Carmen (South Africa) A shining adaptation of the world’s best loved opera, acted and sung by the internationally acclaimed South African theater company Dimpho Di Kopane. 12pm Talk: What is it about Africa? Choreographer Reggie Wilson and photographer Antoine Tempé discuss the influences of their art and work.

WEEK 3:

Nora Chipaumire

Friday March 21 & Saturday March 22, N4th Theater, 6:30 and 8:00 pm, one price

Andréya Ouamba/Compangie 1er Temps (Congo Brazzaville). Ouamba is a rising star in the contemporary African dance world, blending his traditional African and Hip Hop background into a mesmerizing new dance language. Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe, NYC). Chipaumire combines raw physical power, elegant movement and the political perspective of a Zimbabwe citizen.

Saturday March 22, N4th Theater & Gallery 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

IN CONTEXT (FREE food, films and discussion) 10am Films: Bamako (Mali), the intimate personal story of an African couple on the verge of breaking up told alongside very political public proceedings in the capital of Mali; and Balkan Baroque (Netherlands/Austria/France), a real and imaginary biography of Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic. 1pm Talk: Memory and Reality – Nora Chipaumire will discuss personal memory and art-making and Andréya Ouamba will talk about the realities of living and working in Senegal..

WEEK 4:

Hafiz Dhaou and Aïcha M’Barek

Thursday March 27, N4th Theater, 8:00 pm
& Friday March 28, N4th Theater, 8:00 pm

Hafiz Dhaou and Aïcha M’Barek (Tunisia). Dhaou and M’Barek return to New Mexico with stunning new work echoing the clarity of the North African landscape.

Saturday March 29, N4th Theater, 8:00 pm
& Sunday March 30, N4th Theater, 2:00 pm

Julie Dossavi (Benin/France). In her FIRST visit to the U.S., Dossavi projects her own place in a world that is French and African. Her work is a fusion of the electronic beat found in western club culture and traditional West African dance.

Saturday March 29, N4th Theater & Gallery 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

IN CONTEXT (FREE food, films and discussion) 10am Films: Making Of (Tunisia), the story of a break dancer who becomes entangled with a group of fundamentalists after the eruption of hostilities in Iraq in 2003. Kirikou (Animated film from France/Belgium/Luxembourg) A boy named Kirikou goes to meet the evil sorceress who has devoured all the males in the village except one, his guide. 1 pm Talk: Art Making and Place – Aïcha M’Barek, Hafiz Dhaou, and Julie Dossavi discuss their lives as working artists and the roles heritage, cultural environment and community support play in their work.

Reception following each performance.

Tickets for performances are $20 general admission; $12 for students/seniors. For ticket reservations and festival information call (505) 344-4542.

Tickets available at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, (505) 344-8139

Global DanceFest is Co-Presented by
NewArt New Mexico and VSA North Fourth Art Center

Festival support provided in part by The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a coalition of 11 diverse arts institutions, including VSA North Fourth Art Center, which is advancing a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations, and cultural and other institutions of Africa and the United States; Best Western Rio Grande Inn; the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund; LEF Foundation; McCune Charitable Foundation; National Dance Project/ New England Foundation for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; New Mexico Tourism Department; VSA arts/ John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; WESTAF/ TourWest.


Julie Dossavi