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 Post subject: Daimohk - Chechen Children's Dance Ensemble
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:02 am 
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<small>Daimohk - Chechen Children's Dance Ensemble
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Press Release

The Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development (CPCD), a British NGO working in Chechnya, presents:

DAIMOHK—CHECHEN CHILDREN'S DANCE ENSEMBLE

Bringing an inspirational message of joy and hope out of a war zone.

4-5 July Barbican Plymouth

8-10 July Riverside Studios London

(full tour details at bottom)

From the bombed-out city of Grozny where they live in unremitting conditions of war, 33 children are touring Europe with their breathtaking ancient and dynamic dances, performing to packed houses and standing ovations. Ramzan Akhmadov, former star of the Chechen National Ballet, directs these exceptional children in the traditional dances of the Caucasus region, from graceful, kaleidoscopic formations to energising acrobatics, somersaults and sword-throwing. The children perform to the mesmerizing accompaniment of traditional drums and balalaikas. The dynamic performances are the most remarkable message to come out of a war zone.

Dispersed by war to border camps, outlying villages and the basement shelters of Grozny, CPCD has helped to reunite the dancers for Daimohk's 2003 European tour. The children, cultural ambassadors of Chechnya, astonish audiences with the vitality and sheer professionalism of their dancing and musical talents. In the context of war, cultural affirmation is for the children both a defence and a release. Director Ramzan Akhmadov explains that Daimohk allows the children who form the ensemble to express their emotion through music and dance: 'through dance we explode, we let ourselves go'.

CPCD, who offer support to victims of conflict in the North Caucasus through a variety of projects, have partnered Daimohk since 2000. Chris Hunter, General Director of CPCD is available for interview, together with Daimohk's Director Ramzan Akhmadov and CPCD colleague Camilla Carr, who travelled to Chechnya in 1997 to set up a centre for traumatised children. Captured and held hostage in Grozny for 14 months, Camilla drew on her memories of young dancers from Grozny during her captivity. 'The memory of the dignity and courage of the dancing children of Chechnya helped me survive', explains Camilla.

Jane Birkin, of Je t'aime fame, was so inspired that within two days of first seeing Daimohk she organized a sell-out performance at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, and continues to support and promote the group.


Tour details

4-5 July 7.30 Barbican Plymouth
Box office: 01752 267 131

8-10 July 7.45 Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London
Box office: 020 8237 1111

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For more details about the Company contact:

Hannah Whitley, Daimohk European Tour Coordinator, CPCD:

Tel/fax: 0208 374 14 64

Mobile: 07814 938 005

Email: Daimohk@cpcd.org.uk

<small>[ 03 July 2003, 12:05 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:58 am 
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djb wrote elsewhere on the Board:

posted 03 July 2003 12:30 PM
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In San Francisco, there's a children's dance group that performs dances from the Caucasus region (Georgia), directed by an emigre Georgian dancer. Even that group does some impressive dancing, so the dancing in Daimohk must be amazing.
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I hope to see this Company next week and I understand your mention of Georgian dance djb. It was the first thought that occurred to me when I saw the images above.

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Some of the little boys in the SF group were real performers. Years ago, I saw a program on TV called "Portrait of the Soviet Union," which had a segment on the Georgian state folk ensemble. Some of the kids in that were almost as flashy as the adults. I wish I could see the group from Chechnya.


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Just a reminder that the Riverside season kicks off tonight and runs till Thursday evening. Everything I hear about this dance group is good, so do make the effort if you are free.


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I saw Daimohk tonight and plan to write it up for the next ballet-dance monthly. A very impressive evening of dance with extraordinary skill and great energy on display from the children and choreography of a higher standard than is usual at folklorique performances. At the end, the Company received a standing ovation from the entire audience , a much more unusual occurrence in the UK than it is in the US.

This will be one of the stand-out dance shows of 2003 for me.

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