All around the world, traditional dances are in danger of disappearing. That means the movement, the music, the costumes and the memories of a culture are in danger of being lost. Dance is a part of our collective human experience and in part helps us define who we are and where we come from. Dance Planet will follow Vincent Rees as he travels the globe learning, listening, and performing traditional dances in an effort to understand and capture them in their authentic environment before we loose them forever.
Dance is like language that we use it to communicate. In some cases, there are only a handful of elders speaking a dying language that was once passed along from generation to the next. Like language, traditional dances were also passed down to future generations. However, this practice is also being forgotten. Some dances have not been performed for over half a century and are remember by only a handful of elders.
These are dying dance cultures. They were part of the fabric that would define many of the cultural rituals of a community. If these dances are lost, we also loose the reason to play the traditional instruments, sing the traditional songs and wear the traditional clothing. These cultural elements are part of the fabric that ties together traditional and endangered cultures.
Dance is the main link that keeps these other traditions alive. If the dance is removed the corresponding traditions will disappear, losing a piece of the global cultural heritage.
Combining the triple threat of reality production, travel, and dance on television, Vincent Rees, with a Masters in Folklore and Cultural Studies and extensive stage folk dance experience, will travel to exotic locations around the globe. He will visit unique and vanishing cultures to expose, explore and attempt to learn their traditional dances, before they are gone forever.
Can a well-trained stage performer learn the intricate rhythms and footwork of dances that are ancient and have evolved over generations? We shall see - and we’ll have fun doing it!
Each of us bring a unique and vital skill set to the project. We both have a background in folk dance and a love of culture that we see disappearing in the world.
Special thanks as well to:
Brandon Gowing - Stills Photographer/Field Producer
Kyrylo Kozachuk - Ukrainian Fixer
Without their hard work, none of this would have happened.
The Next Step
We have been working hard on this project for a number of years including research, travel and an intense shooting schedule. Our first episode was recorded in the village of Zamahory in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. Vincent lived with a family of ethnic Hutsul mountain people who have been the preservers of the dance culture of their village for many years. They alone take responsibility for passing this dance heritage on to future generations.
We are now at a point where we need YOUR help. We have self funded this project to this point and now need additional funding to complete the pilot. Post production is often the most expensive part of a film and with your help we can complete the pilot and continue to make more episodes of Dance Planet in the future.
Future shoot locations include:
• Aboriginee dances of outback Australia
• Quechuan dances in the highlands of Peru
• Gypsy dances in rural Romania
• Bamaya dances of norther Ghana
• Haida dances of the Canadian Northwest Coast
Risks and challenges
Projects such this always have their complications but our biggest fear is that we have come this far and will not be able to complete the production. We have filmed the pilot and now need to move the project into post production. This process is often the most expensive aspect of production. The funds we will receive will allow us to bring highly skilled individuals onto the project and help us complete our vision.
The funding we receive will pay for the following:
• Script Writing
• Sound Design
• Colour Correction
• Motion Graphics
• Graphic Design
*Any remaining funds will be put towards future episodes and preserving disappearing dance cultures.
Thank you for considering supporting our project and helping to keep fragile traditional culture alive!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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