Day 33: pre-performance
Atrium Theater, Budapest
Day 32: St. Stephen’s Basilica
Day 31: View from my room
Day 30: Transylvania countryside
Day 29: visit to Castle Bran
aka: Dracula’s Castle
Day 28: super cool building
Day 27: Final performance tonight at the National Youth Palace
Day 26: night church
Day 25: rehearsal break
WASP Art Space, Bucharest
Day 24: night traffic in University Square
Day 23: Mira plays Panic! Club
Day 22: View from my window
Day 21: Bucharest, Romania
Day 20: Goodbye Greece
Robin and Adonis directing their Dancing to Connect group in Athens today
Day 19: Our performance at the Onassis Cultural Centre is live streaming tonight at 7pm Athens time. (That’s 1pm New York time)
Watch it here:
Day 18: Athens, Greece
Day 17: Enjoying the sun w/ Clement
Day 16: Getting pummeled during the finale of Slava’s Snow Show
Palas Theatre, Athens
Day 15: Mira & Clement at the Temple of Poseidon
Our collaboration with young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina
dancing in the streets of south Williamsburg
Our video “What We Did on Thanksgiving Day” will be screened in Brazil as part of the Videodança São Carlos FIlm Festival.
Filming in an old library on the east side of Mostar.
Ashley Fargnoli leading a group section, Mostar.
Mirala, Stan and Milos trio with Jake filming, Mostar.
Dancers in Mostar watching their footage playback.
Beautiful girls, Sarajevo.
Dancers from the Genesis Sarajevo program being filmed in front of the Sebilj fountain and Bascarsija Mosque.
We have spent the past 3 days in Mostar working with 14 dancers, men and women in their early twenties with various dance training. We were excited to have such a large group interested in helping us with our project. Everyone was very enthusiastic throughout the workshop and filming process. We spent one full day creating movement with the dancers and the two following days filming dance at the Stari Most “Old Bridge”, Partisan Memorial, Neretva River and various destroyed buildings and walls around town.
Mostar is full of tall mosque towers, cathedrals, old Ottoman stonework, bridges spanning the Neretva River and many many destroyed buildings that have been invaded by fig trees and other plants. It is beautiful, but there is still much evidence of the war. The town is divided into the Eastern Muslim section and the Western “Croatian” (Christian) side. Most of our dancers were very young during the war and in general prefered to express their optomism and love of dance in our film, rather than make a commentary on war or reference bad times of the past. In our first day of workshop, the dancers were asked to find one word which they felt most described Mostar. They chose “beautiful, contrast, childhood, stone, sun, wind, food, coffee, party, damage, kindness, love”
TCDC has travelled to Bosnia to meet with dance activist Ashley Fargnoli and shoot film with dancers from the Genesis Sarajevo dance program. Our first day was spent with a class of ballet trained Bosnian girls (ages 11-13). We filmed them in front of the central mosque, fine arts theater, cathedral and children’s memorial, performing beautiful movement that they choreographed based on their ideas of Sarajevo’s past present and future. They did synchronized movement and partnering in duets and trios. The girls were very excited to be filmed and were incredibly focused throughout the 4 hours of filming in the hot afternoon. Then we all got lunch and icecream. Later that day Robin, Ashley, Jake (our videographer) and I took the bus along the Neretva river to Mostar where Ashley lives. We will be working with dancers in Mostar over the next few days.
Ashley Fargnoli is a dance instructor, choreographer and activist spreading dance as a means of reconciliation and rehabilitation in post-conflict countries. She has worked in Kolkata, India with survivors of trafficking, with the Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and currently works with several groups of dancers in Mostar and Sarajevo leading local workshops, classes and performances.
More at: http://ashleyfargnoli.com