This event is the kickoff for CCCADI's Center Saturday Series, an initiative to provide the New York community with intergenrational and cultural encounters that deepen community art engagement and access.
"Movement is essential to sustaining our spirit alive and vibrant and assuring that we are aware and embrace our bodies within the spaces we occupy. We are thrilled to open this season with an experience that is part spiritual, part cultural, part recreational and will take participants on a journey through memory and history," says Desiree Gordon, CCADI's director of education.
Established in 2004, MUV is a community of women dancers who present original dance works rooted in techniques and traditions of the African Diaspora and address social, political and spiritual themes. The group's founder, Shalewa Mackall, seeks to help people understand the way that personal history informs artistic works.
"I hope that our group of performers, women of different generations, colors and shapes will challenge conventional notions of who a dancer is and what she looks like and demonstrate the possibility of community that embraces and celebrates our differences. In short, I hope to demystify some of what people find inscrutable about modern dance," Shalewa explains.
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About Movement for the Urban Village Dance Company (MUV)
Movement for the Urban Village (MUV) is a Brooklyn, New York based Contemporary Dance company founded in 2004 by Shalewa Mackall. Central to the Urban Village concept is the understanding that the techniques, traditions and rhythms of social and spiritual dances from all corners and all eras of the African Diaspora-- from the savannas of the Ancient Mali Empire and the bembes of Santiago, Cuba to the contemporary sidewalks of Bed-Stuy and the dance clubs of the Lower East Side-- infused with the immediacy of contemporary performance become Ancient Modern Dance.
About the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
The Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, commonly known as the Caribbean Cultural Center, was conceived in 1976 by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega who had a vision to create an international organization to promote and link communities of African descendants wherever they are present. Dedicated to making visible the invisible history, culture and welfare of peoples in African descent, the Center is based in New York City but effectively works for the social, cultural and economic equity of African Diaspora communities around the world.