Take part in a new Mauritian dance project this summer

News | 24 May 2017

Two dancers in Mauritian dress in front of a mountain

Greenwich Dance, Artstrust Productions and London 2012 Olympic Choreographer Temujin Gill are looking for adults to cast a new production, Mauritian Connection. This exciting project of 20 professional Mauritian dancers and 20 community cast is focused on creating a Sega Dance performance from Mauritius which will culminate in two performances at Eltham Palace as part of Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2017.

The Sega is a dance which originated from the ritual music of Madagascar and the mainland of Africa, and it is the Musical Expression of the Mauritian Way of Life: Joy and Liveliness. Originally sung by men and women who had been sold as slaves but whose souls had remained sensitive to music, the Sega is nowadays a folksong which has integrated itself within the framework of our folklore.

The dance itself is the rhythmic swaying of the hips to the pulsating rhythm of the Ravanne. The beat creeps inside you and as your body responds to the rhythm, you are carried to heights of ecstasy, generating a vibrating force that shakes the “lead” off your feet and inspires you to a highspirited and free way of dancing.

It is completely free to participate in this project, and no previous experience is required, just your enthusiasm and commitment. You will be working with the local Mauritian community in Greenwich, learning their culture and performing their dance. The show will be c.15min in length, and we will provide your costume.

This project is for you if:

  • you are interested in dance and performance
  • you are aged 18+
  • you are dedicated and can commit to attending the rehearsals and performances

To apply, email your contacts details and explain briefly why you would like to be part of this project to Martin Collins by Friday 3 June: m.collins@artstrust.co.uk
Rehearsals will start on Sunday 4 June, 14.00-17.00, and will be every Sunday until 16 July. Rehearsals will take place at Charlton Athletic Football Club, The Valley, Floyd Rd, London, SE7 8BL. The performance will be at Eltham Palace and Gardens on Sunday 16 July.

Download the full rehearsal timetable and more information about the project

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