Festival Events

DANCE FOR WORD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL WEEK EVENTS

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TALKABOUTDANCE: WHY ADVOCACY?

SUNDAY, JUNE 5
3:00-5:00 PM
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Those who love dance know and believe that it can change the world. But as artists, we know that the arts are constantly undervalued. We will kick off the 8th annual Dance for World Community Festival Week with a TALKABOUTDANCE that explores how artists can advocate more effectively both for themselves and for the critical issues – ranging from homelessness to gender inequality to climate change – that impact our communities.

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DANCE ON FILM SERIES 

MONDAY, JUNE 6
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge

ADMISSION: $5 at www.brattlefilm.org


THEY ARE WE - 6:00 PM
In Central Cuba, members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive through decades of enslavement, independence wars, and revolution. Director Emma Christopher spent two years showing a film of the Gangá-Longobá songs and dances to several thousand people across Sierra Leone. Eventually, in an isolated village, one man looked at another in joy as he watched a recording and said, “THEY ARE WE!” Then the villagers joined in with others of the Gangá-Longobá songs, still recognizing them clearly despite all the years of separation. Click here to learn more.

HORIZONTES - 8:00 PM
In run-down rehearsal rooms along the halls of the Grand Theatre of Havana, Amanda and Viengsay dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their demanding routine: that of classical ballet. Their every step and aspiration echo the great achievements of their predecessor, Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta, still invincible even at the grand age of 90. Click here to learn more.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge

ADMISSION: $5 at www.brattlefilm.org


A TIME TO DANCE: THE LIFE AND WORK OF NORMA CANNER - 6:00 PM
Presented in partnership with the American Dance Therapy Association
Director talk back following the screening
This documentary profiles Norma Canner, a pioneer in dance movement therapy, who found in dance a way to help those discarded by society. The film traces the evolution of Norma’s career from Broadway actress, through her ground-breaking work in creative movement with disabled children, to her work with adults as a dance therapist.  Click here to learn more.

AFTER THE CURTAIN - 8:00 PM
Four female dancers battle shifting cultural norms and face increasing disfavor in the Post-Soviet, predominantly Muslim nation of Tajikistan. The women weigh their love of art against economic hardship, loneliness, and social reproach in this intimate portrait, which also celebrates the rich dance and music culture of a Central Asian country largely unknown in the West.  Click here to learn more.

 

SPEAKER SERIES: SPOTLIGHT ON CLIMATE CHANGE 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
6:00-7:30 PM

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, with wide-ranging environmental and social impact across the globe. In the first installment of DWC’s new Speaker Series, Dr. Cameron Wake, Climatologist at the University of New Hampshire, will present on current environmental science research and discuss the importance of non-scientific communities rallying around the issues of climate change and sustainability.

Though the connection between dance and climate change may not be immediately apparent, at Dance for World Community we believe that everyone – including artists – has a role to play in changing the world for the better. Addressing climate change will require great innovation and creativity, not only in science and technology but also in all other sectors. Artists are uniquely innovative and creative and have enormous potential to be impactful change agents. Our goal is to bring the dance network together around a critical issue and to use our collective potential for impact to better our planet and our communities.

Please join us as we learn together, raise awareness about the current state of climate change research and explore how dancers can make a difference!

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WORKSHOP: ARTISTS AS ADVOCATES

THURSDAY, JUNE 9
6:00-7:30 PM
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Get the skills you need to become a better advocate – for yourself, your work, the arts and the causes you care about! Kit Pang, dancer and speaking coach, will help you learn how to tell your story to maximize impact and persuasiveness.

Registration link coming soon!

 

8TH ANNUAL DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Noon-8:00 PM
In and Around 1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A FREE, day long, indoor/outdoor festival celebrating the power of dance to bring people together!  Massachusetts Avenue & Harvard Street, Cambridge

Noon-6:00 PM
* FREE performances by more than 80 local dance companies on 5 stages
* FREE introductory dance classes in a vast array of forms for all ages
* Learn about amazing nonprofits in your area along Advocacy Way
* Enjoy food and snacks from local vendors
6:00-8:00 PM
* FREE outdoor dance party in the parking lot at 400 Harvard Street

 

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