TUNIS and the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.) 

An African Contemporary Arts Consortium gathering in Tunis in around 2010. Hafiz and Aicha are art and life partners and make both beautiful dance and beautiful children together.  (Further Consortium Description end of post)

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HAFIZ DHAOU AND AÏCHA M’BAREK

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NELISWE XABA AND KETTLY NOËL

As the Artistic Director of Global DanceFest, I belonged to Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium for a number of years. It is the membership of which I am most proud during my many years of life and work. The Consortium is funded by arts and cultural organizations and foundations; managed by MAPP International Productions; and comprised of individuals who are among the finest dance artists on the continent of Africa, and by the best contemporary dance presenters in the U.S.—all of whom care deeply about artists and dance in global neighborhoods far distant from us in miles, cultures and histories. The work of bringing artists from Africa to interact in our communities in teaching and learning cycles of benefit to all concerned was possibly the most satisfying work I have ever done. Although I often felt more than a little out of my league, I learned so very much from my colleagues and from the imaginative and dedicated artists who graced our New Mexico communities with their thoughtful and accomplished work from 2001 to 2013.

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