is the first international meeting of contemporary african performing arts in barcelona. with dance as the overarching element, our aim is to foster spaces for creation and thinking through the body, striving to dignify, visibilize and position African performing arts within the national and international contemporary arts scene and market.
This is an approach to today’s Africa, the diverse, contemporary and plural Africa that exists both in the diaspora and among afrodescendants, the Africa born both here and there, the Africa that beats and breathes in and out. For this reason, the curation of participating artists is not only motivated by the quality of their work, but also because their work itself contributes to the transformation of imageries on current African realities.
aïda colmenero dïaz curates a program that goes for 10 days, a series of wide-ranging activities will happen in several strategic spots across the city of Barcelona. Through AFRICA MOMENT’s four sensorial and experiential spaces (see/imagine/feel/create), we seek to share and foster contemporary African creation among varying audiences in the city, to map and place in the map the work of artists and creators from the African continent, those of African descent or those non-Africans who work with Africa and Africans. Our aim is to generate spaces for knowledge, creation, dialogue and exchange among visitors and participants.
She Poems is a project inspired by poems written by women, created and produced in Africa by its new generation of female performing arts creators. A revolutionary project due to its gender and postcolonial vision that, since 2013, is positioning creative women from more than a dozen African countries as artistic role models on the international scene. So far, She Poems has produced 20 dance short films, 6 contemporary dance pieces and photographic series of great visual beauty and power. The creators of She Poems, daughters of the revolution and the independence of a continent, are unique and pioneering artists who, from their particular geographical, cultural and personal context, engage in individual and intimate creative processes to transform a literary score into body and audiovisual language, using performative codes that originate from their immediate daily environment, their heritage and their own creative impulse, revealing universal messages. She Poems questions the stereotypes that the western collective imaginary imposes on black-African female bodies, transgressing hegemonic audiovisual and stage narratives, to offer a unique artistic manifestation.
lanla is an international platform dedicated to promote, investigate and expand the technique germaine acogny on an international level. aïda is the founder and director of the project. inside this platform she has created ¨the march, the first international dance workshop about technique germaine acogny at ecole des sables, senegal