all singing all dancing conclusions…

We have finished our workshop for now…but not for good, the idea is to come back again and train more people, make trainers of the young women we have began to work with so that this project will grow and sustain itself. But for now we have finished.

Our concluding event is unlike anything i have ever been involved in. We hold it in the auditorium of the Centro de Desarollo Cultural de Medellin where we have been based for the past 4 weeks, it is the very much used centre of the community, so it makes sense to present here. We show the films of the girls in 3 chapters which are interspersed by break dancers, capoeira dancers and a rapper (female).

Here you do things differently and as we are surrounded by music and dance, it makes sense to include it in our presentation. We are careful to choose acts that always include a positive female presence.

Film by Jessica Mazo (Zarahi)

The film above is by Zarahi, it’s an homage to a graffiti work she participated in a couple of years ago, which in turn was a homage to Moravia. She brought in the music herself to edit into the work. I think it is brilliant.

Well what can i say, it the whole thing, the workshop, the presentation was a bit of a success i think, the girls are a mixture of embarrassed and very proud to see their work in public and on a big screen, i think it was very empowering for them to see how much they could do in such a short time. They all received certificates for their work. They ask us what now? they are keen to do more…which is great and hopefully will happen…For it just to end, for the girls to stop learning and not have more opportunities to push their new skills…well they will have had a nice experience but with no lasting effect…

Some girls bring all their family, Kate’s grand mother can barely walk but she still managed to get here as did her mum and her aunt and cousins…

8 responses to “all singing all dancing conclusions…

  1. ENHORABUENA, Great work Marga!! I’m sure it’s been an unforgettable experience for the girls and for yourself.. it’s not only about gaining skills but, as you know well , about beleiving in themselves and their capacity of taking up new projects and challenges.

    • Gracias S! Really loved this experience…funnily enough i thought about your work quite a lot during the workshop. Now am writing a more complete report of the whole process. Will send you links when i post it.
      Thanks for the support
      m x

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