"We feel that art should play a crucial role in the prevention of criminal offenses against humanity. We cordially invite you to be a part of our journey." - Hope Azeda | Ubumuntu Arts Festival Curator
We are choreographers and teachers Tjarda Van Straten from the Netherlands and Hilde Cannoodt from Belgium and have been invited to create a dance work for the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. The word Ubumuntu stands for Humanity and the festival had its first edition in July 2015. The main aim of this festival is to offer a platform for different artists from around the world to share their work methods with local artists as well as showcase their work.
The Ubumuntu Arts Festival is an innovation in Rwanda, a country with no theatre and where art is not even taught in schools. Through networking and documentation as well as knowledge gathered from the exchange between artists from all over the world, the intention is to develop an arts training school which would grow into a centre of arts for up and coming professional artists.
As part of this project, we will be working with a number of local dancers during June and July 2016. The aim of this collaboration is to share our creative process with the local arts community as well as creating a possibility for exchange between two cultures. We are both trained in Laban Movement Analysis. We are from different schools and are aiming to bring our knowledge on the matter together to share with the Rwandan dance community.
With this fundraiser we are aiming to raise the funds needed for this project. We are looking to raise money to pay the local artists a decent wage as well as pay for the expenses such as venue hire, accommodation and travel expenses. We will be working for 3 weeks on this project, so we need to pay for 3 weeks of studio hire, 3 weeks of wages for the dancers, accommodation, local transport, flights, costuming fees, artist fees,... The project will start 27th June and end with a performance on the 16th July.
We believe the outcome of this project will have a ripple effect. On an immediate basis there is room for cultural and artistic exchange, on a more long term basis the information that is shared can be incorporated in future arts projects in Rwanda or abroad and the participants can share their experience with other artists in the future.
We are super excited about this project and we thank you in advance for your donations, which will help the Rwandan arts scene grow.
Tjarda & Hilde
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