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performance by Daimohk Chechen children’s dance

15th July 2009

Dear All,

Members may remember a talk given a while ago by some associated with this
group. They are performing again at Sadlers Wells details below organised
by Peacebuilding UK.


The Daimohk Chechen children's dance ensemble will visit London’s Sadler’s
Wells on 18th and 20th July. This group of 28 Chechen children aged 8-16
perform amazingly energetic dances, including acrobatics and
sword-throwing, as well as graceful formations and mesmerising
instrumental numbers, to traditional music performed by six musicians.
Here's a clip: http://bit.ly/R0J5e

Children were often turned into refugees and lived in tent camps or
crowded accommodation, had their schooling stopped and lived in a state of
constant uncertainty about what would happen to them and their parents.

For this reason, veteran Chechen folk dancer Ramzan Akhmatov set up
Daimohk (which means 'ancestral land' in Chechen) in 1999, just before the
most recent war began in Chechnya. He wanted to give a generation of
children surrounded by violence a positive creative focus, and an outlet
for emotional self-expression. Daimohk is completely non-political.

The children feel a great responsibility as cultural ambassadors to a
war-torn region and their discipline and maturity is very striking.
Rehearsals take place in a disused sports hall in Grozny though thanks to
money raised on previous tours, a new dance hall has been started and is
now nearly finished.

Daimohk regularly take part in high-profile dance competitions in Russia.
Their participation in such events plays an important role in the vital
reconciliation process between Chechens and Russians, whose relations have
been severely damaged after many years of conflict.

The children of Daimohk show the human face of the Chechens, which helps
to deconstruct the stereotype of Chechen fighters that remains in the
minds of many Russians.

Ramzan Akhmadov, who has recently been made a deputy culture minister in
Chechnya, will bring the ensemble to the Llangollen International Musical
Eisteddfod in Wales, to two UK schools and to Sadler’s Wells theatre in
Islington. The ensemble are travelling to the UK by coach from Chechnya.

Daimohk will perform at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, on

Sat 18th July, 7.15 pm, tickets £14 / £10 concessions and
Mon 20th July, 7.15 pm, fundraising night, tickets £30

Sadler’s Wells,
Rosebery Avenue,
London EC1R 4TN
Nearest Tube: Angel or 19, 38 or 341 bus

Tickets available through the Booking Office: 0844 412 4300 (Mon-Sat
9am-8.30pm), Minicom (textphone): 020 7863 8015

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