As part of our strategy in bringing forth compelling and touching narratives around the work of our grantees, AFAC commissioned a trailer, Snapshot of the Contemporary Dance in the Arab Region, which takes an intimate look at the state of contemporary dance in the Arab region, through the voices of our grantees.
The contemporary dance scene in the region has been in constant development, and is being recognized as an important vehicle for free and creative expression, thanks to a new generation of contemporary dancers who are taking up dance as a means of much-needed social, political and artistic expression.
This has been reflected in the number of grants distributed by AFAC over the past two years to dancers and dance schools and institutions in the region, including artists such as Hamza Boulaiz, Taoufiq Izeddiou, Selim Ben Safia, Danya Hammoud, Khouloud Yassin, Ali Chahrour, Ezzat Ezzat, Samar King and Farah Saleh, as well as dance institutions and initiatives such as Danseurs Citoyens, Espace Darja, Zakharef in Motion, Maqamat Dance Theater among others.
With the support of our General Grants Program for Performing Arts, many of those artists have went on to produce memorable performances or introduced the art form to a new generation of dancers. However and despite our efforts, the growth of this genre remains challenged by an already difficult environment that lacks capacity building programs, training centres, research and dedicated platforms and festivals, among others.
Five AFAC grantees- Danya Hammoud and Khouloud Yasine from Lebanon, Ezzat Ezzat from Egypt, Meryem Jazouli from Morocco and Dina Abu Hamdan from Jordan- talk about their experience as contemporary dancers in the Arab region.
Watch the trailer here