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3 May 2017
Author: The Place

#TrailblazersThursday: Q&A with Ithalia Forel

Every Thursday until the 10 May, we’ll bring you a blog post about Trailblazers Showcase 2017 Presented by One Dance UK.  

To find out more about the showcase please click here.


Could you tell us a bit about Afro Play – Colour vs. Place?

Afro Play - Colour vs Place is a provocative piece designed to spark conversation and develop an alternative understanding of why we connect with African culture. Five artists share how Africanism and related dance forms have become part of their identity. Depicting how African dance is not defined by your colour or postcode. It is what it is, and the “is” is very different for each who encounter it.

The full-length performance will be presented during Africa Utopia Festival at Southbank Centre as a chapter of One Dance UK’s Bloom National Festival 2017.


What does being a Trailblazer mean to you?

I see my role as a Trailblazer Champion primarily to enable artists to explore and utilize their connection with dance from the African Diaspora. I am proud of my track record for developing and discovering new dance talent and ways of improving access to world dance.

Dance is a powerful tool to speak up, to assist with change and feed empowerment. This is something that resonates throughout my practice. I am happy to be part of the force to increase the awareness and celebration of Dance of the African Diaspora in the North West, helping to increase the professional recognition of the form especially in Liverpool.


About Ithalia Forel

Having gained a HND in Dance (2007), Ithalia attended the Limon Professional Studies Programme in NYC (2008). She later toured the USA with CoCo Theatre Company, directed by Cynthia Oliver in the production “Rigidigidim De Bambe De: Ruptured Calypso;” a piece that explored Afro-Anglo Caribbean identity. As a founder of Movema, Ithalia is passionate about providing access to World dance, breaking down barriers with knowledge, culture and showing how it can be fun. Ithalia has 10 year’s experience in teaching and working on International exchange programmes. Movema recently won the EPIC award for outstanding work with young people and have previously organised a youth trip to Brazil, enabling young people to understand themselves, their heritage and the power of dance. Previously she has won awards for Business Female of Year and for Creative Arts Organisation of the year with Movema.

Find out more about Movema


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