The official Eurovision parade, which will be held on May 5, 2023, and be hosted by The Kazimier, is looking for performers to take part. The Movema World Dance charity is recruiting. Everyone is welcome to perform, and rehearsals take place at the Bluecoat!
Following the success of their collaboration with all-female English traditional dance company Boss Morris, Movema is opening up their ‘Global Folk Dance Project’ to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The ‘Global Folk Dance Project is combining the cultural dances of Ukraine, India, and England to create an all encompassing project that demonstrates pride and togetherness.
A Ukrainian classical folk dancer, Olena Hrabchak, will join the project to choreograph a dance to showcase Ukrainian culture and the newfound bond the city of Liverpool now has with the country.
Celebrating the heritage and cultures of communities in the region, the performance will include dances of Indian Dandiya, Ukrainian Bereznyanka, and English Morris Dancing. Global Folk’s aim is to platform cultures and bring confidence within communities. With engagement with people seeking asylum and refugees, Movema encourages the participation of all.
Maria Malone, CEO of Movema says:
“With the recent attacks on people seeking asylum that have occurred within Merseyside and the North West, it is important for communities to come together at this time filled with uncertainty and division. Movema aim to create safer spaces where people from different backgrounds can come together meet as individuals to deepen their understanding of each others’ cultures through fun and joyful activities that start to build the positive, unified communities we all want to be part of.”
Associate Artist, Sheetal Maru says:
“From our previous work with members of the refugee and asylum seeker community they would often say to us “we’d like to learn a dance from this place, from England” so we got specialist training from Boss Morris and created Global Folk, a fusion of world dances and culture, the perfect opportunity for dancers of all abilities to come together to celebrate the art of dance, Eurovision, and each other.”
Global Folk has already generated interest from English folk dance groups around the North West. Steve Adderley of Mersey Morris has this to say: ‘Mersey Morris perform dances from various English traditions and are keen to share these traditions so that people and other cultural groups are aware of our heritage. Likewise we are keen to learn and share in the traditions of other cultural heritages and enjoy the rich tapestry of expression through dance that makes up modern society.’
Rehearsals are every Wednesday at The Bluecoat from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, ending on 26th April. Rehearsals will then lead to performances at Dancing in the Park at Birkenhead park, on 29th April for International Day of Dance and the other at Eurovision Parade on 5th May!
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