Greenwich Dance, Artstrust Productions and Olympic 2012 British Choreographer Temujin Gill are looking for adults to cast a new production, Mauritian Connection. This exciting project of 20 professional Mauritian dancers and 20 community cast is focused on creating a Sega Dance performance from Mauritius which will culminate in two performances at Eltham Palace as part of Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2017.
The Sega is a dance which originated from the ritual music of Madagascar and the mainland of Africa, and it is the Musical Expression of the Mauritian Way of Life: Joy and Liveliness.
Originally sung by men and women who had been sold as slaves but whose souls had remained sensitive to music, the Sega is nowadays a folksong which has integrated itself within the framework of our folklore.
The Sega is usually sung in Creole (mother tongue of Mauritians). Many singers had thought of also bringing forward the English version of the Sega songs but later resolved not to proceed with it so as to preserve the uniqueness and cultural richness of the local music of Mauritius.
The original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for the more conventional orchestra ensemble. However, all along the coastal fishing villages, the traditional instruments such as the “Ravanne”, “Triangle”, the “Maravanne” and the traditional guitar are still being used.
It is completely free to participate and no previous experience is required, just your enthusiasm and commitment. You will be working with the local Mauritian community in Greenwich, learning their culture and performing their dance. The show will be c.15min in length, and we will provide your costume.
This project is for you if:
you are interested in dance and performance
you are aged 18+
you are dedicated and can commit to attending the rehearsals and performances
To apply, email your contacts details and explain briefly why you would like to be part of this project to Martin Collins by Saturday 28 May: firstname.lastname@example.org
All rehearsals will take place at Charlton Athletic Football Club, The Valley, Floyd Rd, London, SE7 8BL. The performance will be at Eltham Palace (16 July)