International Dance Day  - April 29th

Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Every year, an international message authored by a well-known dance personality is circulated around the world as part of International Dance Day celebrations.

ITI Unesco Message

Karima MANSOUR, Egypt
Dancer, Choreographer & Educator

Karima Mansour graduated with both a B.A. and a Masters degree in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School, London, England, after having completed her B.A. in Film from the High Institute of Cinema, Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt. Upon her return to Egypt, she founded her company MAAT for Contemporary Dance in 1999, the first independent dance company to be established in the country. Continue reading about Karima HERE.

 At the beginning there was movement… and since the dawn of time, dance has been a strong means of expression and celebration. Found on the murals of Egyptian Pharaohs and inspiring dance makers to date. Dance was used to evoke the many gods and goddesses of dance with all what they represent in meaning and concepts like balance from which justice is connected, musicality, tone, individual and cosmic consciousness and more. 

I read once that: "Dance in the times of the Pharaohs was thought to elevate the spirit of the dancer and of the audience of spectators or participants. Music and dance called upon the highest impulses of the human condition while also consoling people on the disappointments and losses in a life." Continue reading Karima's message HERE

QUÉBEC MESSAGE - By Louise Lecavalier 

Dancing to name the moment
Dancing the poetry of flesh
Transparent flesh
Screaming flesh
Dancing tight on the wire
Inventing every possibility 
Dancing resilience and abandon
Dancing like a wild wiseman
Who’s become his own guinea pig

Dancing face to face with our humanity
and the animal we are
Dancing with every complex 
Inferiority and superiority 
Dancing with a partner
that’s something else
With a hundred or a thousand partners
How would that be?

Continue reading HERE.

Additionally, read the 2019 Nova Scotia Message by Mary Lou Martin. 
Read the 2019 Alberta Message by Sasha Ivanochko

Previous Canadian messages:

Read the 2018 Canadian Message by Vivine Scarlett 
Read the 2017 Canadian Message by Roger Sinha
Read the 2016 Canadian Message by Susanne Chui
Read the 2015 Canadian Message by Luca 'Lazylegz' Patuelli
Read the 2014 Canadian Message by Santee Smith
Read the 2013 Canadian Message by Vicki Adams Willis
Read the 2012 Canadian message by Yvon Soglo "Crazy Smooth"

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