Community dance has a social purpose. It is one that promotes participation and pursues an open and inclusive development.
We believe that there is a need to create a plural society where people with different qualities and abilities can live together in equal conditions and opportunities. That is why we intend to carry out projects in which different groups are included, each individual can feel that he / she participates in the same common goal, being directly involved in the creation process in equal conditions, regardless of their characteristics.
We believe that the dance has an important social component that goes from the practice of the same to its enjoyment from the spectator point of view. We believe that community dance projects are necessary since they contribute to personal and social development. It differs from dance therapy because it is always performed in a group. It is about offering a dance for everyone because we consider it a right and not a gift or talent of a few.
Practically speaking, it consists of making experiences in the neighborhoods, with their neighbors, in schools, or with different heterogeneous groups, because art is indispensable in every society.
It seeks the personal movement of the participants, who can experience a new way of expressing themselves and sharing with the group.
From the company Fil d'Arena we want to enter into this type of experiences, to reach the people of the street and to work from their desires and needs.
The Big Dance is an international socio-cultural initiative for dance, which the company Fil d'Arena Dansa-Teatre with the collaboration of CulturArts teatre i dansa held in Valencia on May 20, 2016. It was able to bring together more than 300 people Dancing the same choreography in the City Center ofValencia.
The objective of this project is to bring art to the street, to spread the dance, and to sensitize the citizens through a community and diversity project. Big Dance consists of congregating a large number of people in a public space, to perform a simultaneous choreography of 3 minutes. This choreography was performed at the same time in different cities of Spain, Madrid, Donostia and Valencia, and in different countries of the world.
Big Dance is a biennial event organized by the UK since 2006. Since its inception this activity has brought together hundreds of thousands of people around the world. This choreographic project every year is commissioned by a distinguished British creator. For this tenth edition the choreographer chosen was Akram Khan, who performed the choreography for all types of people and levels of experience in dance, on an original music by Nitin Sawhney.
It is a choreography that seeks to achieve an experience in the participants through breathing and movement. It is based on the experimentation of emotional states, processes of personal growth and social connection. The choreography is easy to learn and perform at a technical level and is designed to reach and join diverse groups.
Migration, the human exodus, causes collective movements. People who migrate from a place and carry their culture inherently, look for a place to settle and where to continue to develop as people, is where the coexistence of different cultures. This is one of the realities of the Cabañal neighborhood and the Santiago Apóstol School is a clear example of how these cultures coexist and learn to respect each other.
The Santiago Apóstol School is located in the seaside towns of Valencia, the center with limited economic resources and limited spaces caters to a total of 176 students and students, most of whom are socially disadvantaged and mostly belong to a culture Minority within society as it is that of the gypsy people. The center is located between two neighborhoods where the situation of marginalization and segregation of the gypsy group is very intense (Malvarrosa and Cabañal). What makes the percentage of gypsy students in this center is around 98%.
Fil d'Arena wants to accompany the children in a process in which they develop their abilities and are the protagonists of the creative process, its work, its reality and its life. Facilitate support, and spaces for them to express themselves. For this the creative process will always be developed as an encounter and a process of communication, of the person with himself and with the other people who, in one way or another, participate in it. An opportunity to manifest, to feel, to know each other, to express oneself, to relate ...
It is essential that these projects and initiatives start from reality and take into account situations and, above all, the capacities of people, their interests, needs, challenges, desires ...
ARRELS is a project that gives voice to the gypsy community of the neighborhood and that promotes social inclusion and cultural diversity