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A World Tour of Urban Dance in Ten Cities
“Let’s take a trip around the world of urban dance.
What is urban dance, you might ask? Simply put, it is any dance that is created, practiced and performed in the streets of the world’s biggest cities. Out of a countless number, we have chosen 10 such cities. This choice was difficult, subjective, and incomplete by definition.
Urban dance is linked to the city, its violence, its injustice, but also to its energy and electricity. Above all, urban dance is linked with music, which always inspires this form of dance and social interaction. Nowadays, the spread of urban dance takes place primarily on the internet (Youtube, Facebooke pages, etc). This virtual transmission allows for rapid stylistic evolution and explains the spectacular popularity of certain styles within the new globalization of movement.
Urban dances in South America, in the United States, in Europe, in Asia, and in Africa are always connected to the diverse body of african dance, which migrated with the continent’s deported slaves and immigrants. These forms of urban dance were invented in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, shaped by waves of deportation and immigration. The complex heritage of this profoundly unequal social order can also be seen, rising to the surface in these dances.”
Texts, researchs, video editing, choreography and interpretation: Ana Pi
Collaboration : Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud
Production: NA MATA LAB
Executive production: Latitudes Prod. – Lille
Coproductions: Association des Centres de Développement Chorégraphique avec l’aide de la Direction Générale de la Création Artistique ; Le Gymnase – CDC Roubaix Nord / Pas-de-Calais ; Le Cuvier – CDC d’Aquitaine ; le Pacifique – CDC Grenoble ; Uzès danse, CDC de l’Uzège, du Gard et du Languedoc-Roussillon ; Art Danse – CDC Dijon Bourgogne ; La Briqueterie – CDC du val de Marne ; L’Echangeur – CDC Hauts-de-France ; CDC Paris – Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, sur une proposition du CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées et d’Annie Bozzini.
Thanks to Vlovajob Pru
Thanks to Annie Bozzini and all the CDCN, patrons of the piece
Thanks to all the community of street dance artists who made this research possible.