Movement… body language… dance
Instinctive in the human being since its origins, movement, later converted into dance, is a fundamental means of communication and expression of emotions, becoming a contemporary artistic manifestation that celebrates its world day on April 29.
International Dance Day has been celebrated since 1982 by UNESCO, in commemoration of the birth of French dancer, choreographer, teacher and theorist Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), considered the creator of modern ballet.
The day was proposed and is organized by the International Dance Committee, belonging to the International Theater Institute (ITI / Unesco), to honor this discipline of universal and diverse art, bringing together all those who have chosen this form of expression without cultural, political and aesthetic barriers.
Every year, a personality from this artistic field is in charge of issuing a message, which on this occasion corresponded to prominent German dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, Friedemann Vogel (Stuttgart, 1979), who had to refer to dance in the unprecedented times of COVID-19: “… There is no physical contact. There are no shows. No audience. Never in recent history has the dance community been collectively challenged to stay motivated, to find its reason for being.
However, it is precisely now, when something valuable has been taken from us, when we really appreciate how vital what we do is and how much dance means to society in general.
Dancers are often praised for their physical prowess, when, in fact, they further sustain our mental strength. I believe that this unique combination of physical and psychological agility will help improve ourselves, reinvent us to continue dancing and inspiring”.
The reason for the day stands out in Cuba, because the Caribbean island, in addition to being a universally recognized land of music, is also a land of dance, the so-called “body language”. Like music itself, the dances in this country were forged from the communion between those who arrived from Spain with the colonizers and those of the slaves brought from Africa, in a mixture in which other cultures also participated.
The creation of the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company in 1948, the National Ballet of Cuba since 1959, the time of the revolutionary triumph from which the creation and professionalization of ensembles of the most diverse styles was energized, stand out in the historical dance scene of the nation: folkloric, modern dance, experimentation ..., with a very Cuban accent.