Sunday, April 28, 2013

International Dance Day at School





New York City Ballet


Dance is a powerful expression. 
It speaks to earth and heaven.
It speaks of our joy, our fear and our wishes.
Dance speaks of the intangible, yet reveals the state of mind of a person and 
the temperaments and characters of a people.(...)

Lin Hwai-min, message
Founder/Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan                                                

On April 29, 2013 International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated every year through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID). 

The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute

The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a French dancer and ballet master and a great reformer of dance.



Cloud Gate Dancers
http://www.cloudgate.org

The annually observed World Dance Day should increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education. 

Every year a message from a well known dance personality is circulated throughout the world. 

In 2013, ITI organized the celebration of the 31th Anniversary of International Dance Day on April, 25th at UNESCO in Paris, honoring one of the most talented dance artists of our time, the Taiwanese choreographer LIN Hwai-min.

Invited by the International Theatre Institute ITI, Lin Hwai-min, founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, wrote the "2013 International Dance Day message". 



Cloud Gate Dancers

Lin will read it at the celebration event at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on the International Dance Day, April 29th, followed with performances of his works by Cloud Gate dancers.



"Honouring Lin Hwai-min with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the jury of the International Movimentos Dance Prize, Germany, considers him “a foremost innovator of dance” and that “Lin Hwai-min ranks amongst artists of the century such as William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Birgit Cullberg….”



The CID is a non-profit umbrella organization for all forms of dance in the world. It was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters and has its headquarters in Paris, France. CID advises the UNESCO, national and local government agencies, international organizations and institutions. Currently it is represented in over 120 countries.



Here it is Lin Hwai-min message:




Education:

in this digital age, images of movements take millions of forms. 
They are fascinating.
But, they can never replace dance because images do not breathe. 
Dance is a celebration of life.(...)

Lin Hwai-min, message

Beautiful message don't you think? So inspirational to students and teachers!



Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan | Whisper of Flowers


Dance is a fun and fresh integrative part in School curricula. School curricula without Arts (Music, Dance, Theater) will have very poor curricula. Young students will have an incomplete education.
I really debate often on my blog the importance of Arts at school education! Having a master on Music, I know how enjoyable it is my life with my education on Arts.
"In a world of extraordinary complexity, a premium is placed on one's ability to quickly process massive amounts of wildly varying types of information. Musical instruction helps young people develop the brain capacity to process a lot of information and to organize and present it."


Today, around the world, there will be many performances open-door-courses, exhibitions, articles concerning all kinds of dance, dance evenings, street shows, and special performances at schools, colleges, and of course out of doors. 

So, don't miss the opportunity to let your students express themselves by dancing in the school gardens, for example or at the recitation room.




(...)

Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance. 
Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body.
Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses. 
Seize that precious and fleeting moment.
Come to celebrate life with dance.

Lin Hwai-min, message

A good and enjoyable World Dance Day to all!

G-Souto


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