10 SENTIDOS FESTIVAL AWARDS THE FIRST SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ON DANCE OF ETHIOPIA

 

10 SENTIDOS FESTIVAL AWARDS

 

  • DESTINO Dance Company is awarded at the 10 Sentidos Contest.
  • More than 7,000 people attended to the different events in this four edition of the Festival

 

More than 7,000 people sharpened their 10 Senses during these five days in Valencia. The 4th Edition of 10 Sentidos Festival by Mapfre Foundation ends today with full house sign in most of the programmed activities. Numerous public attended shows, conferences, workshops, expositions, exhibitions and talks,  organised since last 22nd October. The Carmen Centre hosted the main performance stage as well as the space for most of the workshops, but also other places joined the Festival’s spirit such as La Nau, the Film House and the Palau de les Arts.

This year the Festival encouraged participation in most of the shows by Roger Bernat, Jerôme Bel, Anem Anant, Candoco Dance and Soren Evinson. Dance, theatre, music, film and arts met in this edition that has achieved the goals of connecting with the audience and spreading the word throughout the city. Jerôme Bel will give the final touch with The show must go on at the Palau de les Arts this evening.

 

DESTINO DANCE WAS AWARDED AT THE FESTIVAL 10 SENTIDOS CONTEST

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The Festival organised yesterday the second edition of the 10 Sentidos Contest (Laboratorio), a platform born to support new artists. DESTINO Dance Company was the winner of the event. They represented Tilla at the Carmen Centre. This piece was created in 2006 in the frame of a awareness-raising project for rural areas in Ethiopia. In that country, disability is still hidden. It was also performed in Tanzania in order to raise awareness on this issue. It has been readapted for this contest in Spain. “Dancing provides dignity and self-stem to disabled dancers. We are very proud of what we are on stage”, Ethiopian dancers explained.

The story of this company starts in 1998 when two organizations, Dance United and Gemini Trust, came together to carry out a project with 18 street children of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to transform them into professional contemporary dancers after five years. In 2003, the 18 young dancers graduated from Middlesex University in United Kingdom, and started traveling and performing. Two of them, Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal, decided to continue that dream and created DESTINO Dance Company, first social enterprise on dance in Ethiopia.

These two dancers work with community and young people with physical disability or suffering from diseases such as HIV, as well as with young offenders, in order to bring them opportunities and change their future. “In Ethiopia, a disabled person is still a second-level citizen, that is why is very important for them to perform on a stage; they feel they are someone”, they mentioned. “For us, disability is just another feature of your body that can even help you to do things in a different way, and this is this festival’s motto”, they added.

The Festival’s award is 2,000 EUR. The Audience Award went to Sinestesia, performed by Iron Skulls Company. “We are a group of break dance, born in 2004-2005. Each of us comes from different parts of Spain.  The piece that we performed represents the beginning and end of the things and the different life’s stages” they explained.