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Midlands Arts Centre - MAC
mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH Birmingham, United Kingdom
TZ Project | Midlands Arts Centre — MAC
Sunday 14th January — 2-5pm
Autin Dance Theatre is currently developing an exciting Tanzanian Cultural Exchange in partnership with IBUKA DANCE Foundation (Arusha) and MUDA Africa (Dar es Salaam), and with the support of Arts Council England, British Council and Midlands Arts Centre -MAC.
‘TZ Project’ includes choreographic commissions for Johnny to create 2 brand new works to be toured in East Africa, a film documentation of the project, an extensive CPD programme for East African dancers, a one-off Dance Masterclass in Birmingham, a Live Presentation event, and a crowdfunding campaign towards the professional development activities for the Tanzanian dancers.
Johnny will deliver the dance masterclass, sharing movement vocabulary derived from both eastern contemporary dance techniques and traditional African dances, and inspired by his recent collaborations with Ibuka Dance Foundation and Muda Africa in Tanzania!
About the choreographic commissions that will inspire the Dance Masterclass:
‘Umami’ (Ibuka Dance Foundation) is a modern dance ensemble piece that explores the strength of people in numbers, the community spirit, and the power of individualism. The work features East African rhythms and songs. Devised for a cast of 7 dancers alongside accompanying live musicians, this compelling performance follows the narrative and physical journeys of extraordinary characters through striking physical visuals, acrobatics and elements of set design/props. Autin confronts the performers with his artistic views of their own meaty physicality.
‘La folie des passsion’ (Muda Africa) was devised for a dozen of dancers alongside accompanying live musicians. The work features various movement styles inspired by both Eastern contemporary dance techniques and traditional African dances with a strong emphasis on ‘Singeli’ steps (African urban dance).
AutinDT is an award-winning professional Dance Theatre Company based in Birmingham (UK), established since 2013 and directed by Johnny Autin and Producer Kirsten Tranter. The Company is a collaborative and project-based organisation that produces engaging artistic performances and provides an extensive learning and participation programme.
Masterclass tickets include entrances to the ‘TZ Project’ Live Presentation Event on Friday 19 Jan 2018 at 7pm, with the opportunity to see excerpts of the new works being commissioned in Tanzania, the screening of our TZ Project documentary, and the various talks from the invited speakers.
Booking info: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/johnny-autin-tz-choreography-research-masterclass
Limited places, please book in advance!