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Author:  Press [ Fri Sep 01, 2000 7:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble

Image <BR>Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble<P><BR>MOVING BEYOND Productions presents the IV. Festival of Colombian Culture / IV. Peña Cultural Colombiana, Featuring the Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble with the world premier of "The Heart of the World Speaks", an original Multimedia presentation with dance, theater and video art about the Kogi Indians and Colombia’s struggle for peace. The Festival also includes a visual art exhibition with works from Colombian artists and typical food from Colombia.<P>September 15 - 17 at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Gallery and food stands open at 6pm<BR>On Friday and Saturday, at 3pm on Sunday. The show starts at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and at 5pm on Sunday.<BR>Tickets are $25/$18, 25% discounts for students/seniors/disabled, 50% discount for children under 12. For tickets or<BR>Information call 415-282-9546 or visit <A HREF="http://www/" TARGET=_blank>www/</A>.<P><BR>The Festival of Colombian Culture, or in Spanish: Peña Cultural Colombiana, has been providing a voice for the rich and manifold cultural expressions of Colombia in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. It traditionally provides an annual Meeting point for the local Colombian community and attracts many visitors from the general public who become fascinated by the colorful dances, the exiting music and the tasty food from this country. The core purpose of the Festival is still the same: To provide the visitor with an immersive experience of the<BR>authentic Colombian culture, which lies hidden behind the biased news coverage of this country in the national and local media,<BR>and to show living examples of the profound human values and the exuberant artistic manifestations Colombia is offering to the world.<P><BR>"The Heart of the World Speaks", written especially for this event by Carlos Baron and Beat Rettenmund, will be presented by an extended cast of the Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble and is based on the mythology of the Kogi Indians living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Since the late 1980’s they have been conveying a message to the human race, urging the global society to stop the sytematic exploitation of our plantes resources and reestablish a harmonious coexistence of civilization and nature. Integrated into this context and helping us to more profoundly understand the Kogis message, is the magic realism of Gabriel García Marquez which provides us with a clearer perspective on our present day Colombia. The format of the show will be composed of video and multimedia presentation, live acting and the Ensemble’s updated repertory of ethnic and traditional dances from Colombia.<P><BR>The Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble, based in San Francisco’s mission District, performs a variety of Colombian and Latin American dances for the North American public. Its multi-ethnic cast the under the direction of choreographer Beatriz Restrepo has developed a unique style, combining the powerful rhythmic movements of Colombia's ethnic dance tradition with the curiosity and elegance of contemporary dance techniques. The group was formed to 1996 with members of the local Colombian and Latino community, eager to express and<BR>maintain alive their colorful artistic traditions. It has been performing ever since all over the Greater Bay Area in schools, clubs, festivals and many other events.<P>Our mission is to nurture the dialogue between the different human cultures with a professional artistic proposal. Doing this<BR>we provide personal and professional training for our cast and members f the community, we educate and entertain our<BR>public, built bridges between the old and the new wherever possible, and ive Colombia a strong and positive voice to be eard and respected all over the world.<P><BR>The walls of the theater’s lobby will be used to present an interesting exhibition of works by Colombian visual artists, open to the public from September 5 - 25. The theme of the exhibition will be to create a future vision of Colombia based on the practical philosophy of the Kogi Indians. It will present prints, paintings, drawings, photography and digital art, engaging the viewer in a world of mystical transparency and preparing him emotionally for what he will later experience in the theater. For more info about the exhibition call 510-529-6006.<P><BR>Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theater, located at marina Boulevard and Laguna Street, is a fully equipped, professionally staffed performance facility with 440 seats and is fully wheelchair accessible. Nestled on the north end of a historic pier, with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, the Cowell is amidst a thriving cultural and arts community, the Fort Mason Center. 400 car parking lot on Fort Mason Center grounds. Direct Muni service by th #28 19th Avenue bus. Other Muni lines within a few blocks: #22 Filmore, #30 Stockton, #42 Downtown Loop, #47 Van Ness.<P><BR>Since 1997 MOVING BEYOND Productions is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. The overall purposes of our organization are to fund, nurture and use the performing arts and video technology to bring about a more<BR>profound and efficient cross-cultural understanding within the global society of mankind.<P><BR>At present our primary field of action is the Latino community residing in the greater San Francisco Bay Area where we intend to promote solidarity and raise awareness of critical issues through the presentation of original stage work. We also strive to demonstrate the cultural and social values of Latin America, specifically Colombia, to the general public of North America.<P><BR>Our activities include:<P>- The production and distribution of artistic, documentary and educational videos about socially relevant issues. We also offer artistic event videography and specialize in taping of dance and theater performances.<P>- The organization of workshops for youth and community leaders, which offer training in the use of video technology as a tool for the social development of minorities and as a way to reach freedom of expression for the individual person.<P>- The organization of social and cultural events which promote artistic excellence and cross-cultural understanding.<P>- As an administrative and legal umbrella organization for two performing ensembles, the Colombian Ethnic Dance Ensemble and MOVING OUT Dance-Theater Company, we oversee their management, provide funding for their activities and organize their performances.<p>[This message has been edited by Press (edited September 01, 2000).]

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