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R&B-Rhythm and Baroque

17:45 / 20:00
Jean Gaudin & Sébastien Fournier
Ghana Dance Ensemble Ghana Dance Ensemble

Extraordinary intercontinental cooperation, extraordinary connection of Ghana music and dance culture and European Baroque, insight into the working process of the extensive project and its highlight will be shown in KoresponDance 2019.

Connecting cultures is nothing new or modern. The third son of the king of Ghana was a guest at the court of Louis XIV in Versailles, he was christened there by one of the most important French rhetors of all time Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet and his goodfather was nobody else but Louis himself. He lived at the court until his 14th birthday as a member of a philosophic and scientific community but then he had to go back to Ghana – his father and older brothers had died so he had to take over the reign. It is said that in the moment he returned to Ghana, he forgot everything he experienced in France. We get back to the tradition of exchange between Ghana and Europe within the project R&B-Rhythm and Baroque and search again for what connects us. We ask ourselves the question to what extent the African traditions can enrich Czech Baroque and how an encounter with African music can give the Baroque abreath of life. The project connecting the Czech Republic, France and Ghana has been developing for a year, unites the contribution of international and interdisciplinary cooperation which will continue until 2019. Regular visitors of the festival have a unique opportunity to see the performance in development and as a finished product. This year you will see a kaleidoscope of options of mixing African traditional music with the music of Baroque. Let us be surprised and open ourselves to a new rich world which R&B will present to us through simple elements. Come to have a look and even the Winter might come.

In 2018 the cooperation had four phases. In March there was a week work meeting of Ghana Dance Ensemble in Accra, capital of Ghana. In April workshops with Czech artists in Prague and Žďár nad Sázavou took place. In May and June other work meetings with Jean Gaudin took place concerning the structure of the project, artistic goals and content and from June 26 till the beginning of the festival the whole group will meet on a research and creative stay in Žďár nad Sázavou which will then reach its top by presenting the working excerpts within the program of KoresponDance.

The project is realized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Akkra.

Jean Gaudin (FRA)

Dancer, choreographer, director and coach Jean Gaudinhas for over thirty years worked on projects balancing on the edge of theatre, circus, opera, audiovisual and dance. He is author of dozens of choreographies and many dance videos. Before Jean Gaudinfounded his own group Compagniehe cooperated with Maurice Béjartand Carolyn Carlson. The production of Jean Gaudinis specific byeffort to tell human stories with humor and seriously at the same time, interaction with other artistic disciplines (withmusicians, composers, visual artists, filmmakers...) and bymixing various artistic tools. Films in which he participated werepresented at many various festivals, his choreographies were performed also in Parisian Théâtrede la Ville  and at the Avignon Festival. As an artistic advisor and coach he passes on his rich interdisciplinary experiences to dance groupsand opera, theatre or circus productions. Since 2012 he has become a regular guest of the Centre of Choreographic Development SE.S.TA as a coach of the international residence and since 2013 he has every year created productions for KoresponDanceFestival.

Sébastien Fournier (FRA)

Countertenor SébastienFournier specializes in old music. He cooperated with Henri Ledroit, Michael Chance, David Pollard or Laura Sartiand sang in choirs Les Musiciensdu Louvre (M. Minkowski), Les Arts Florissants(W. Christie) and Accentus(L. Equilbey). As a soloist he performed at many festivals in Europe and Hong Kong.  He is the founder of Baroque music choir Sprezzaturawhich  has also plenty of experiences with popularization of old music. Since 2010 when he represented France at the Shanghai EXPO he has been closely cooperating with Chinese artists. His connection with dance began by production with French choreographer PacoDecinaand within the KoresponDancehe will lead with choreographer Jean Gaudinthe annual master classes and special projects dedicated to children and young.

Ghana Dance Ensemble (GHA)

The group was founded in 1962 on basis of a very successful cooperation of the governmental Institute of Art and Culture and Institute of African Studies at the Ghana University. Ghana Dance Ensemble is a group created with the goal to preserve rich heritage of the Ghana dance culture and support the creative work and creativity using Ghana dances as a basis. Since the beginning the group was supposed to be flag ship of professional global representation of Ghana and its musical and dance heritage and thus based on top-quality professional work and experimental research. In 1960‘s and 1970‘s the group together with Ballet African of Guinea Conakry presented to the world breathtaking insight into African aesthetics and culture from the African point  of view. The current form of the Ghana Dance Ensemble under the leadership of Ben ObidoAyetteykeepsthe authenticity of traditions but at the same time widens the repertoire and examines dance as tool of expressing contemporary questions.

Žďáráček (CZE)

Žďáráček is a children choir from Žďár nad Sázavou. Its goal is to educate children from 4 to 18 years of age in music and above all in singing and to develop the tradition of choir singing which has been present in Žďár nad Sázavou since 1848. Children are from early childhood raised to positive relationship to Bohemian and Moravian folk music culture and respect to works of Czech as well as foreign composers. By passing on the basic artistic and human values the choir strives for distinctive influenceremainingwiththe children intheir future lives. Music as a connection between generations and nations and singing as the most inner expression can in our times represent a suitable path to mutual understanding and tolerance. Currently Žďáráček unites over hundred singersin several departments. On the top level there is the concert choir which has over 30 members between 13 and 18 years of age. Žďáráček has on the repertoire works secular and spiritual, folk and artificial, classical and modern, Czech and foreign and each year it performs in the Czech Republic and abroad. Choirmasters of Žďáráček are Mgr. Dana Foralováand Mgr. Pavel Schmidt. This year it will be the third year that the Žďáráček will cooperate with French artists Jean Gaudinand SébastienFournier on a project for the KoresponDanceFestival.

The project is realized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Akkra.