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Focus on: Latin America

From the editor

This issue focuses on work being developed from across Latin America, which is often described by its artists and leaders as ‘dance for social transformation’. This way of describing the work we might call ‘community dance’ is a result of the economic, social and political reality for many of the peoples of Latin American countries. Much of the work I have been fortunate to see in those countries during my time at the Foundation for Community Dance has been of the highest quality whilst at the same time addressing and transforming some tremendous inequalities through the power of dance.

By the time you read this I will have retired from the Foundation for Community Dance. So in this, my last editorial for Animated, it is fitting that I end with this focus which so clearly stands for what I believe community dance to be about – bringing people together to dance and find their individual and collective dance voice. And, through the creative act of dancing and making dances, to become the artists and creative people they seek to be, finding fulfilment and transforming themselves and their communities through the amazing power of dancing.

So thank you to all of the people who do this work – artists, teachers and leaders – often with little public recognition or reward, knowing that your work is valuable, life changing and inspiring.  

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, May 1995 - August 2013 Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
Donald Hutera, Lucy Guerin’s Untrained workshop, Southbank Centre, London. Photo: Katie Toms
Marathon man
Donald Hutera – aka the man who did too much – finds himself once more going for the burn
Ken Bartlett, FCD Summer School 2010. Photo: Rachel Cherry
The artistic imperative in community dance
Ken Bartlett leaves us with a personal manifesto for the centrality of art and dance and making of meaning through engaging in dance as artists
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Lisa Dowler with participant on Cardiac ward. Photo: Leila Romaya
Invisible duets: multiple modes of documenting the significance of dance to health
Lisa Dowler, Senior Lecturer in dance, Edge Hill University and Co-Artistic Director, Small Things Dance Collective, reveals the approaches Small Things have successfully developed to document and evaluate the effects of their practice at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
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ILL-Abilities. Photo: Ben Li, Raw Edge Photography
No excuses, no limits!
Luca Patuelli aka Lazylegz, founder member of ILL-Abilities, describes the coming together and developments of a team of differently-abled b-boys
Mark Edward as ‘Angina’ Pavlova in the dying swan pose. Photo: Dr Helen Newall
Dying swans and dragged up dames
Mark Edward and Dr Helen Newall’s photographic exploration screams for the beauty of the ageing dancer
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Oliver Scott, Debbie Camp, Luke Antysz and Stephanie Townsend, dareyouwatch. Photo: Mark Douet
Storytelling in a virtual world
John Darvell, Artistic Director of nocturn dance, on an ambitious project that integrated story telling, video streaming and online interaction before and during a live dance performance
The focus: Latin America
Patricia Kistenmacher
Dancing into another world
Here begins our visit to the world of dance for social transformation in Latin America. Patricia Kistenmacher, trained facilitator and workshop designer, seeks to help others achieve their goals in participatory arts
Playful Box from Guatemala
Dancing from the heart of Heaven and Earth
Julia Escobar, co-founder of Corporación Cultural Barrio Comparsa, introduces us to the long and powerful connections with the dances of her ancestors and the creative needs of the present
Edisca. Photo: Mila Petrillo
EDISCA, dance and social transformation in northeastern Brazil
Dora Andrade, General Manager, and Cláudia Andrade, Administrative Manager, EDISCA, link their work in dance to open up real human development through their associated educational health programmes
La Tarumba, from Lima, Perú
Dance and circus go chatting
Circus has a much more significant artistic presence in Latin America than in Europe. Cori Cruz and Geraldine Sakuda of La Tarumba Circus Company in Lima, Perú, illustrate the importance of dance in their educational and performance programmes
SaludArte
Spontaneous dance in unconventional spaces
Rasia Friedler, Founder and Director of SaludArte in Uruguay, states their approach to health and wellbeing
Puertas. Photo: Katti Borré. www.kattiborre.com
Elasticity, porosity and flow
Inés Sanguinetti, dancer, founder of Crear vale la pena and social activist, describes her journey towards a passionate vision for the power of the arts to transform the world