At the occasion of the 30th International Dance Day, the Belgo-Marocan dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui described how dancing implies sincerity, as one let go of everything and reveal oneself as one is. The « Refugees On the Move » project, as these few pictures illustrate, adds its own insight regarding the nature of dance, laying emphasis on other and complementary facets of dance, and particularly how dance achieves so much with so little.
Since November 2011, more than five hundreds hours of workshops have been conducted the in Moula and Yarougou camps of Tchad, with very little equipment. Stretching, joining human chain, doing round dance or hip-hop gestures, the participants are carefully following each given direction, while the audience never gets tired of watching. As they regurlarly practice, the begginers are more and more confident with themselves, discovering their body capacities and their power over it. Through dance and performance, the dancers-in-progress confront themselves to the very act of empowerment, learning again to trust and forecast an idividual future.
Despite the uneasy conditions of living, the workshops were successfully held in the camps, thanks to the great organization and coordination between the different members of the project. Yet, even though it demanded so much efforts, AAD members are deeply convinced by the first results and it is with no hesitation that they are currently working to reproduce this initiative in nine other countries of Sub-Saharian Africa.
*30th International Dance Day Message « To celebrate the infinite choregraphy of life » by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.