The International Theatre Institute established the IDD in 1982, celebrated every April 29th, to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges No¬verre (1727-1810), the founder of contemporary ballet.
The celebration is intended to create conditions for dialogue and cooperation within the world dance community, and to promote dance art and reinforce its cultural and political position on the national and international levels.
Solidarity with the international dance community is the spirit that the NCCA-NCD brings into this event. Confident that the celebration will gain strong support from the dance community, the local government units, educational institutions and dance enthusiasts.
The messages from the IDD celebrations through the years have encouraged the NCD to hold grand events which will place the Philippines in the map of all international dance day celebrations. This year’s IDD Message is by South Korean dancer Kang Sue-Jin and she says:
“The Covid-19 catastrophe has stopped life as we so freely knew it and being amidst this tragedy makes us rethink the meaning of ‘dance’ and ‘dancer.’ In the distant past, dance was a primal means of expression and communication through gestures, becoming performance art that moved the soul and inspired the audience.
It is a momentary art that is difficult to restore to its original form once completed because it’s created with the entire body and soul. Dance is made of ephemeral moments, which destines dancers to be on the move forever. Yet, Covid-19 has restricted and even blocked the art of dance in its original form.
Even though the situation is improving, dance performances are still subject to many restrictions. This makes us cherish the precious memories of times when dance and dancers sparkled like jewels, conveying human anguish and anxiety, will and hope for life, and illuminated the world.
The lonely and weary audience is thirsty for the sympathy and comfort of the dancers. As dancers, we believe that the flapping of our wings gives hope to the hearts of those who love the art of dance and gives them the courage to overcome this pandemic.”
Ms. Shirley Halili Cruz, the Festival Director of the IDD concert believes that this event will ignite excitement and renewed enthusiasm, ushering the sector into the new normal.
Let us then begin the Dance!
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