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Ella, poema

Teatre el musical

May 15th | 18h

Ella Poema is a project inspired by poems written by women, created and produced in Africa by its new generation of female creators in performing arts. A revolutionary project for its gender and postcolonial vision that, since 2013, is positioning women creators from more than a dozen African countries as artistic references on the international scene. To date, Ella Poema has produced 20 short dance films, 6 contemporary dance pieces and photographic series of great beauty and visual power. The creators of Ella Poema, daughters of the revolution and independence of a continent, are unique and pioneering artists who, from their particular geographical, cultural and personal context, confront individual and intimate creative processes to transform a literary score into corporal and audiovisual language, using performative codes that are born from their immediate daily environment, from their heritage and from their own creative impulse, revealing universal messages. Ella Poema questions the stereotypes that the collective Western imaginary imposes on black-African female bodies, transgressing the hegemonic audiovisual and scenic narratives, to offer a unique artistic manifestation.

Biography

Aïda Colmenero Dïaz is a creator, actress, choreographer, dancer, filmmaker and performing arts curator born in Madrid of Galician descent. In the last decade, she has been a driving force in the African performing arts sector, undertaking extensive mentoring of new generations of emerging talents and their promotion both in Africa and Europe. Founder and director of the Ella Poema project, proposing a decolonising paradigm of looking at the continent and its contemporary creation, and presented on stages such as the Mercat de les Flors, the Tenerife Auditorium, Potsdammer Tanztage or the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. His latest stage works as a performer include Aka Nativa, premiered at the Jomba! festival in Durban, South Africa, and his recent piece Conxurando o invisible, produced by UNESCO Spain and premiered as part of the Escena Patrimonio 2020 festival. Supported and produced by the Spanish Embassies and by international organisations such as Casa Africa and awarded two grants by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and by the Spanish Agency for Cooperation and Development, invited as a trainer specialising in creation and choreography in Ecuador and Niger as part of its ACERCA programme. In 2019 she is commissioned by the Colombian Ministry of Culture to create a new work for the ballet of the Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de Cali, premiering the work Yala with 16 performers. In 2020 she published together with Nora Chipaumire the art book Bhuku. Cartografía del cuerpo animista y presencias negras africanas radicales. Proceso y práctica de la tecnología animista [Bhuku. Cartography of the animist body and radical black African presences. Process and practice of animist technology] and for the last four years she has been collaborating intensively in the research group of the company in the development of the technique and body philosophy Nhaka. Aïda combines her profession as a creator with that of a teacher, giving workshops and masterclasses in numerous centres and universities in Europe, Latin America and Africa, such as Winneba in Ghana, College of the Arts in Namibia, Abdou Moumouni of Niamey in Niger, the Institute of Sports and Nutrition of the University of Copenhagen and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. She is the only Spanish‑speaking artist in the world certified to transmit the Acogny technique by its creator, Germaine Acogny, and a professor at the École des Sables in Senegal, the first professional dance centre on the African continent. In 2016 she founded the Africa Moment platform, through which she promotes the creation and pedagogies of leading artists from the African continent and its diaspora in Spain and provides artistic advice for festivals, venues and cultural institutions. With her artistic and pedagogical direction, she has curated 4 editions of the International Performing Arts Meeting Africa Moment in Barcelona, in which she has programmed more than 60 unpublished artists from around 30 countries, achieving multidisciplinary programmes, with numerous national premieres awarded by critics, a strong female presence and a clear call for reflection in community.

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