Dawit Seto – (new) yesterday (dance)

With the support of Alliance and the Embassy of France in Ethiopia, Dawit Seto, an emerging ethio-contemporary dancer

 With the support of Alliance and the Embassy of France in Ethiopia, Dawit Seto, an emerging ethio-contemporary dancer was selected by the Cite Internationale des Arts for a 3 months creative residency to be held in Paris between January and April 2019.

Further to several weeks in Tigray (northern Ethiopia) exploring and reseraching traditional dances, Dawit seto aims to develop a technique of Ethiopian-contemporary dance equipped with a vocabulary of movements that are informed by the traditional and historical background of Ethiopian culture. The technique considers the unique form of an Ethiopian body as a point of inspiration and creates a corporeal language that can be adopted/utilized by contemporary dancers across the globe.

The project develops as follows:

Phase I/Ethiopia:

For one month, a team composed of a dancer, an anthropologist (+assistant) and a photographer will travel to Tigray to study the specificities of their traditional dances.

The team will investigate the metamorphosis of these dances through the years (from how they were performed during the estimated period of origin, to how they are currently performed) as well as build a comprehensive archive of pictures, videos and narratives.

Phase II/France – Residency at Cite Internationale des Arts

The dancer will engage in a research practice on:

How to perform a culturally conscious dissection of traditional movements to develop a vocabulary of movements that are fluent in their vernacular background and equipped with the ability to express contemporary narratives.

To extract my embodied experiences within traditional dance and convert them into an instrument of expression. [To extract embodied experiences and communicate/articulate them to the rest of the world] Develop a body/series of movements that have the ability to carry with them the meaning of their contextual background

The dancer will also choreograph a piece using the series of movements created as part of Ethio-Contemporary technique.

Phase III/Ethiopia

The dancer will:

Develop an online platform that clearly documents the technique/the process of developing the technique [with a potential to becoming a publication] Develop the choreographed piece and perform it in Ethiopia and beyond Give workshops in Ethio-Contemporary technique + prepare a toolkit on how to give a workshop on Ethio-contemporary technique.