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What is Artivism #2

How to move collectivity?

How to move collectively?

What is Artivism #2 focusses on questions around collectivity and community. An afternoon with workshops, talks and music. Our starting point is choreographer Khalid Benghrib’s Collective Urban Gnawa project; a series of workshops based on Gnawa, trance and modern dance before and during the Dancing on the Edge Festival culminating in a large collective performance on Amsterdam’s Beursplein on the 21st November. Attending both uplifting workshops on the 16th of November will prepare you to take part in the public performance and celebration.
Samira Dainan and guitarist Bas Gaakeer from Samira’s Blues will be providing a context of Gnawa alongside the workshops, taking us on a musical journey with a blend of magnetizing spirituals and original songs by Samira Dainan with Arabic, Berber and African roots, in which she traces her ancestors’ nomadic trail.
A talk with artists (including Merlijn Twaalfhoven/The Turn Club, Fazle Shairmahomed and Khalid Benghrib) whose work focuses on collectivity and community as well as bringing tradition into contemporary forms is the third element of the afternoon. The focus is on artistic strategies to create and engage a community. What can we change when we move collectively?

What is Artivism? is an Afrovibes, Dancing on the Edge & Podium Mozaïek initiative. It consists of two programs of performative research within the respective frameworks of Afrovibes and of Dancing on the Edge, featuring local and international artists, who are searching for new forms that combine ‘art’ and ‘activism’. The first edition of What is Artivism? took place on the 9th of October.

Note: bring or wear clothes in which you are comfortable to move!

duration 4 hrs language English