Dance, Astrology and School of Design
Live music, dance, inclusion
Thanks to a wonderful initiative that is close to our heart, MAP, Music Art Project whose mission is bringing back or simply bringing the poorest of people to school and giving them an exceptional musical education.
Unforgettable moments with the kids and the team of the school Branko Pesić.
Adam Issa Eminn
West Side Story
Thanks a lot
For being with us to celebrate 15 years of a Belgrade journey which had been rich in founding and inspiring encounters.
As you know, my approach to dance is very personal, it can knock you off track, discourage you, leave passengers on the way, but when it hits target, it touches our hearts for a long time. I would especially like to thank my faithful and unconditional fellow travellers.
Thanks also to all the artists who nourish my soil, brighten the journey and widen the sphere of possibilities. Thanks to the painters for capturing moments of grace, thanks to the musicians for making the movement resonate, thank you to the authors for making the words dance, and to the costumes designers for bringing our bodies out into the light.
Thank you for being a part of the family of my heart, the one that gathers together, celebrates differences, bypasses barriers and strives to scatter this famous stardust along the way.
Adam and Alex
Beginners choreography Habibi Aini
Our body tells what we are trying to keep silent.
When entering the dance room, a woman says a lot, even without speaking.
There are the conquerors who make their place right away, the observers who gauge before going for it, the disciplined who expect from my eyes an invitation to join the group.
And then there is the mirror, the best friend of some, the pitiless judge of others, a witness to tame in the vast majority of cases.
After a few minutes, the magic operates; we become one, carried away by the music, united by this wonderful journey inside our body.
Dance is an exceptional means of communication on several levels: it reconnects us with ourselves, it creates a unique and privileged link between dancers, and it allows a much more confident approach of the outside world.
At first it can be painful and revive wounds and traumas that we’ve been trying to bury. Concretely, a woman who cannot contract her pelvis, who sometimes doesn’t even succeed in locating it, has certainly suffered in this part of her body and has intended to forget painful episodes. Reconnecting her with this neglected place of her anatomy may lead her to initiate a reparation approach. I remember a very cheerful person bursting into tears while exploring the breast Shimmy and undulation. « I had never been aware of my breast before », she confided to me; she was so upset! No wonder why, the chest is the place of emotions!
Inside the class, women from all paths of life and often sharing nothing but dance discover a new form of benevolence and solidarity. They explore movements that sublimate a body often not appreciated at its true value. They understand that curves can be an asset, that maturity allows them certain boldness.
As they progress through the lessons, women get rid of their sportswear and start getting ready for this rendez-vous with themselves; they take their image into consideration and work at pleasing to themselves.
At that time, I know a great step has been
Dragana was already a professional dancer when she entered the Nedjma Planet. She had travelled the world to promote the Serbian folklore, and participated in many TV shows. Therefore, the technique seemed to have no secrets for her, and she quickly distinguished herself by a flawless understanding of the complex rules of dance, and of its choreographic subtleties. Used to teamwork, she is a valuable companion, more interested in the human adventure than in her own career. And this is where I am expecting here… I want to awake the soloist lurking in Dragana!!!
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Her strong point: The technique, precision, commitment, team spirit.
Her weak point: The fear from sticking out and being too exposed. Dragana has to leave her comfort zone.
To be developed: Improvisation, caring for oneself, positive narcissism. Dragana has to be less critical towards her, because her expectations towards herself paralyze her.
My message: Beautiful, time to embark, you have all the trumps. You have to transform your expectations into fuel and hit the road!!!
And don’t forget, charm and personality always lie in the imperfections.
I owe to Vesna and to the dancers from my first dance company much of the success from my arrival in Belgrade. That was in 2003, these women made me feel awaited, important, pioneer. With Vesna, this exchange has never ended. Besides her trust and loyalty, she offered me a precious gift: Anja, her daughter, leader of the new generation, fed with Lebanese singers and camel steps! In the teaching of oriental dance, Vesna remarkably combines her mastery of our art and her sense of pedagogy boosted by motherhood. It is a revelation, and I feel very proud!!!
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Her strong point: The sensitivity, the warmth, the pedagogy, the experience.
Her weak point: A great emotion and a fear of conflict that may cause her to vanish instead of defending her rights and beliefs.
To be developed: Risk taking, authority in the positive meaning of leadership. I expect more exposure.