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Natasa Chanta-Martin

2017/18 Athens

Natasa is a dancer and dance scholar from Athens who is interested in the interrelation of the performing arts with research and social change. She acquired her dance diplomas and teacher certificates from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD, UK) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD, UK). While continuing her professional development in tap dance, body music and other percussive dances, she completed an MA in Dance Anthropology, making her the first Greek graduate of Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage (2014). The combination of performing arts and humanities motivates her to work in the areas of activism and cultural management. Natasa now explores percussive dances as tools of inclusion for vulnerable groups and minorities in an attempt to collaborate with non-dominant protagonists and art forms. She is currently implementing her new intergenerational dance project, “MoAM” (Moving Around Music), as a fellow at START - Create Cultural Change 2017/18.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Dec - May

Project Title

MoAM - Moving Around Music

Imagine a society where deep encounters with different people are an everyday opportunity. Imagine minorities and privileged populations communicating with each other and co-creating culture, relationships, and history. Now imagine a team of artists taking the initiative to empower these populations. Through sound and movement, the artists travel to traditions and listen to the global narratives of our world. MoAM brings people together who do not come into contact in their everyday lives: unaccompanied minors and senior citizens. The only common element among them is their bodies in the present. Or maybe not only that? In order to connect with people around us, we need to co-create a code of ethics, derived from synergy and contribution. Within this "glocal" whole, each finds their voice and shares their story. Tools such as rhythm, music, and dance can teach us how to belong in the contemporary world, and how to adapt to present multicultural reality. How can such an intention be organised and affect participants' feelings? How can collaboration, solidarity and creativity transform a simple interaction into a lived experience? By using the art of Percussive Dance, MoAM offers a chance for people to come together, get to know each other for the first time, and become a team within a playful and exploratory atmosphere.


Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title

MoAM – Moving Around Music The Intergenerational Percussive Dance Project

“MoAM – Moving Around Music: The Intergenerational Percussive Dance Project” took place at the Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt (TTW) on Friday 27th October 2017. It consisted of a two-hour workshop of body music and 90 minutes of an improvised showcase among different percussive artists. This small-scale project at the TTW was a simpler version of the proposed project for Phase II: it brought together two dancing generations as well as artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In addition, it managed to include a facilitator from Austria who was invited to offer the body music workshop in German. “MoAM-Moving Around Music: The Intergenerational Percussive Dance Project” successfully brought adolescent hip hop dancers together with senior dance students of flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance. During the improvised showcase, the audience experienced dialogues between dancers of body music, tap dance, flamenco, hip hop and West African musical instruments such as djembé and ngoni.

Host Institution

Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt

Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt e.V. is an education institution and production venue. Culture for all, participation, the promotion of independence and creativity are the goals of this non-profit association. In doing so, the promotion of dialogue between people of different social and ethnic origins, cultural diversity and the support of individual and social participation are all important. 

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MoAM – Moving Around Music
MoAM – Moving Around Music