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Animated Edition - Spring 2007
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
I seem to be endlessly being told about the profound impact the Internet is having on our relationship to the world and each other. We have more choices, more flexible identities and have membership of considerably more communities, (some of them not so healthy). In arts terms we have more autonomy as consumers and can curate and create via this powerful tool. This well reflects the increased importance of the individual and individualism in contemporary life.

In this issue of Animated we look at intercultural dialogue for greater understanding and how community dance can positively encourage greater dialogue and understanding between cultural groups whilst still affording opportunities for individual expression. As Cecilia Macfarlane's article demonstrates we have already developed practices that can dothis and allows everyone their turn 'centre stage', as well as being part of a collective communal effort. We are also charged by Jane Scott-Barrett and Celia Greenwood to think about diversity in our methodologies and the dance styles and traditions we use in our practice.

We also include two of the presentations from 'Marks of Time' a conference organised by Bisakha Sarker about dance and the mature dancer, highlighted in Donald Hutera's column, and Scilla Dyke continues her series of interviews with pioneers in dance, indiscussion with Celeste Dandeker. Gill Clarke reflects on the relationship between the brain and the body, and Wieke Eringa tells the story of a journey to Namibia.

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Animated: Spring 2007