AVDP in Community
As AVDP team we consider dance & video as expressive artistic tools that could also be powerful means of exploring and developing social and cultural identity.
By organizing video-dance services and activities (screenings, lectures, workshops, projects) in different neighborhoods, squares & coffee houses, AVDP gives the opportunity to the community to meet the art of videodance, to participate in and create work that reflects their community, to develop a new language for communication and to encourage greater self esteem and confidence. They get inspired to become social innovators by using their talents towards making an artistic change in their communities. Community stays physically active and have the support of AVDP team along the way.
ACTIONS: AVDP & STREET DANCE - BODIES OF RESILIENCE - AVDP & 13th Dance Festival - AVDP & URBAN DANCE FESTIVAL - AVDP & LOCAL OPEN AIR CINEMA
AVDP & STREET DANCE
Participation of Waveomatics street breaking group in a free entrance show during 4th AVDP festival.
BODIES OF RESILIENCE (Director: Jill Woodward, Choreography: Despina Stamos)
Screening during 4th AVDP festival with free entrance to all the refugees.
In the short documentary, a diverse group of asylum seekers in Greece join with local and New York artists for a performance project. The participants improvise duets and group dances amidst ruins and graffiti in Athens, while we hear them recount painful stories of their pre-flight suffering, harrowing journeys, and reflections on Greek life during the global financial crisis and rising fascism. Physically, they explore the question of how a body can find softness and resiliency when their surrounding environment is harsh. The refugees come from Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Senegal, Tanzania, and Turkey, and include a Kurdish political prisoner, a sex trafficking victim, and victims of the Taliban. They work with collaborators from Athens and the USA in an annual performance workshop called passTRESpass. This film is a follow-up to the 2011 short documentary passTRESpass, which details the process of recruiting immigrant participants and staging a public performance. bodies of resilience is a filmed performance outside the traditional theatrical setting, but contains intimate elements of real life revealed through audio interviews. The participants provide a soundtrack of folk songs sung in their native languages, and speak in Greek.
AVDP & 13th Dance Festival by the Association of Greek Choreographers
free entrance AVDP_2014 on TouR in Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (Athens).
AVDP & URBAN DANCE FESTIVAL
free entrance outdoor videodance screenings (AVDP on TouR) in the main square of Corfu in collaboration with One Small Step Dance Festival (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014).
AVDP & LOCAL OPEN AIR CINEMA
free entrance outdoor videodance screenings (AVDP on TouR) in the cinema of Hydra Island in collaboration with Small Dance Festival of Hydra (2012).