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HUMAN Concept

„You can change your live in a dance class”
Royston Maldoom, dancer and choreographer 

1. Impulse from Molenbeek

Premiere 2020 in Brussels

The idea for the HUMAN Culture Project was born in Brussels-Molenbeek, in the district that made the headlines with the raids and arrests after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. Since then, people have been asking more and more, not only here, but around the world: How can different cultures live together peacefully across the borders of tradition, lifestyle and world views?
Following the initiative of a Molenbeek school (Imelda), HUMAN will work with more than 100 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 to re-discover and experience UN human rights through contemporary music and modern dance. The premiere will take place on 7 November 2020 in the Cirque Royal concert hall in Brussels.
The starting point for the HUMAN Culture Project is a new piece of music composed by Helge Burggrabe for orchestra and percussion, for which the world famous choreographer Royston Maldoom and his team (Wilfried van Poppel, Amaya Lubeigt, Nanni Kloke) are creating a stunning choreography with young people from Brussels in the same style as his community dance project “Rhythm is it”.

2. From Brussels to Europe

School projects “Five days to dance” throughout Europe from 2021 to 2023

Based on the choreography created by Royston Maldoom, two enthusiastic choreographers Wilfried van Poppel and Amaya Lubeigt will implement the HUMAN concept over a period of three years in many schools in Europe using the successful concept “Five days to dance”. They are convinced that: “If you can dance together, you can live together.”
This didactic, artistic project week is part of a curriculum developed for schools with ideas for dealing with human rights issues in the classroom. The finale is always a public HUMAN performance by the young people, so that the audience is also encouraged to engage with the basic values of human rights.
School projects are planned in as many countries as possible, which will be linked by train-the-trainer programmes. This will create a network of people who are firmly linked through the power of dialogue on the essentials of human rights and through a shared creative expression.
Further large-scale HUMAN performances similar to the Brussels premiere of Royston Maldoom are also planned, including at Theater Duisburg, Theater Bremen and in Vienna.

3. From Europe to Brussels

Jubilee performance 2023

Young people taking part in HUMAN projects from many European countries will meet in autumn 2023 in Brussels to celebrate the 75thanniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. HUMAN thus returns to the “capital of Europe” and sends a clear signal for human rights with a major public dance performance finale. For wherever freedom and human dignity are safeguarded, the way is open for visions of peace, creativity and powerful, life-affirming coexistence.


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