INTENSE PREPARATION AS REFUGEES PREPARE TO PERFORM AT THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Thursday 20 December 2012
Refugees on the Move program in Chad
Refugees on the Move program in Chad

Thanks to the support of African Artists for Development for the ‘Refugees on the Move’ program, the choreographerTaïgué Ahmed and his dancers organized month-long dance workshops for the refugees in the camps of Moula and Yaroungou, located in southern Chad.

 

The refugees who had been identified as particularly skilled at dance over the course of the workshops were then invited to participate in the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in N’Djamena. To present the play ‘Where Are We?’, 14 refugees traveled to the Chadian capital and stayed from the 3rd to the 13th of December. An original creation of Taïgué Ahmed, ‘Where Are We’ is based on the daily life of refugees and the severe flooding that affected the camps in September 2012.

 

During their stay in N’Djamena, the refugees engaged in a busy cycle of rehearsals and improvisation exercises to ensure their readiness for the four shows scheduled on the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th of December at the National Ballet of Chad.

 

Given the strong success of the ‘Refugees on the Move’ program in Chad, AAD will bring the program to the Central African Republic, Burundi, and Tanzania in 2013.