PROJECTION. a trialogue in swing

Projection is an international dance and educational project about the meaning of Vernacular Jazz. Under this name we summarize the couple and solo dances that are danced to Swing music.
From May to September 2021, amateurs and professionals in Maputo, New York and Hamburg research, dance, discuss and inspire each other together. The results flow into a collaborative dance piece using digital means.

The project partners Hodi Maputo Afro Swing in Maputo, Emily Vartanian and the General Mischiefs in New York as well as Swing Time and Beyond Borders e.V. in Hamburg bring together an African, a North American and a European perspective. We are united by Vernacular Jazz, dances of African-American origin, which emerged from 1850 in the context of slavery and colonization.

Our trialogue is about roots and history of Vernacular Jazz in terms of e.g. culture, gender roles or music. It is about why we dance today and what emotions accompany our dance.

Covid-19 Disclaimer: Some activities take place digitally, others live and outside – on three different continents. Neither distance nor the pandemic shall hinder our dance exchange. You only risk to get infected with the desire to engage with dance!

Take part

In FORUMS, you can not only experience the international trialogue, but also get involved in workshops that move you mentally as well as physically and inspire the dance piece. Listen to guest lectures, get to know swing personalities, improvise, think about your dancing and get to know Swing & Vernacular Jazz from completely different sides.

FORUMS take place on Saturdays, between 1.00 and 7.30 pm*. Save the dates:

I. May 20th
II. June 12th
III. July 10th
IV. August 7th

Each FORUM includes a topic workshop, a movement workshop and the international trialogue, 60 – 90 minutes each.
*Find the exact times and places of the FORUMS using the button below.

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