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Dance Alumnus Receives Funding for Community Dance Project

Tue 31 October 2017

Alumnus Yu Tamura has received support and recognition from The Japan Foundation Asia Center for her community dance project Moving Resilience: Community Dance Exploring Resilience Amidst Disaster.

The large scale community project will take place in the island of Negros Oriental in the Philippines, in collaboration with Youth Advocates Through Theatre Arts (YATTA) – a local non-profit cultural and development organisation composed of young professionals, students and community youth – and Kasing Sining, a culture caregiving program for the communities impacted by the great earthquake of October 2013.

Through the six month long project, Tamura wishes to create a space in which the community can collaboratively discover their individual and collective strength amidst disaster, and explore how dance can help embody personal and social resilience and contribute to a renewed sense of empowerment, hope, and healing.

Tamura comments –

“It is my belief that art is directly relevant to resilience because it is participatory, inclusive, and evokes imagination. I am excited to be collaborating with YATTA and Kasing Sining, sharing methodologies of inclusive dance practice, to develop a framework we can share with other groups and communities in Asia that have been hit by disaster, both natural and human made.”

Tamura graduated from Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance (PDCD) in 2015, a vocational programme for people who want to work as professional dance artists in community contexts.

To find out more about studying dance at Trinity Laban, visit the study pages.

Image credit: Tim Crocker