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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23 / 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM / UNION SQUARE YOGA /AFRO DANCE CARAVAN / ALICE MATTALIA / LIVE PERCUSSION AND SOUND EFFECTS BY ALI HOUT AND IMAD HASHISHO
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This class of “African Dance” originates from Benin, a country of West Africa. There, dance is not only a body exercise but is above all, a “Soul exercise”. The body becomes a channel between the ground and the air, and a way to learn both the inner self and the universal. This class is inspired by the technique of Koffi Koko, international dancer, choreographer and master, who takes the dance’s spiritual meaning, and transforms its traditional language into a contemporary and universal feeling, inspired also by the Japanese Butoh dance and philosophy. The classes are based on a fluid and cyclic repetition of steps and a moment of free improvisation, in a constant search for the “density of the body” in its evolution .
Alice Mattalia began her research into the movement, body language and dance, more than ten years ago. She has an academic background in social education and continued with training in “Dance Therapy” in Torino and in “Primitive Expression”, in Paris. She continued this exploration through contemporary African dance, specifically in the ritual dances of Benin, following Koffi Koko in Italy, Paris and also in Ouidah, Benin. She is a member of the International Dance Council CID UNESCO and believes in the nature of dance as human being, rather than performance.