dates: June 2017 - September 2018
artist in residencE: redha medjellekh
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.redisdancing.com
Currently ON VIEW: If I were president… By red is dancing productions, jr, and casa amarela proviDÊncia
Following similar changes in other countries, Brazil’s government recently experienced a shift, turning its ruling political ideology towards repression and extremism. At the head of this change is Jair Bolsonaro, who in the past month became the new president of the World’s sixth largest economic power.
Faced with a surge of intolerance and conservatism, youth populations around the world are rising and becoming more vocal. Today, all eyes are on the Brazilian youth, whose voices are just beginning to be heard, especially, those of girls and young women in Brazil’s favelas.
These girls, who are often the first to be affected by the precarious and dangerous living conditions in the favelas, aspire to a better life.
In 2009, JR and Mauricio Horra chose the Favela Carioca Morro da Providência to set up a cultural residence for the inhabitants of the favela: the "Casa Amarela." Thanks to artist residency, the girls of the favela were able to participate in “If I were President,” a video project that gives voice to what their policies would be if they were leading their country.
These policies offer ways to move forward without hatred or violence in a time when their country stands on the brink of fascism and an unstable political climate. The policies they propose would radically change the communities and lives these girls grow up in.
Inspired by their joie de vivre, their love of dance, and a mix of musical styles dear to Brazilians, these young girls remind us that they aspire to be the presidents of tomorrow.
Now it is up to us to help them open the doors to this future.
Previously ON VIEW:PUERTO RICO 1 YEAR AFTER MARIA BY RED IS DANCING PRODUCTIONS
RED IS DANCING wanted to showcase the life and vitality that Puerto Rico still has 1 year after hurricane Maria devastated the island. The wills of Puerto Ricans were not broken by the hurricane; their still love dance, art, music and their home.
"Puerto Rico se levanta" reinforces the islander’s belief that this island can face any damage, war, or conflict and will still keep living. By doing so, they are fighting back.
Nature is strong. So is art.
Previously ON VIEW:“ARTISTS Of the TENDERLOIN” by RED IS DANCING PRODUCTIONS & SKY WATCHERS
“ARTISTS IN TENDERLOIN” is an intense and artistic short film that shows people from Tenderloin district from a new angle. People often forget that, despite the stark gap between the '“Silicon Valley world” and this district, human beings with skills and passion live in this place.
Directed by Redha Medjellekh during his artist residency at 836M, the goal of this film was to showcase the richness and complexity that every artist in this neighborhood offers.
previously ON VIEW: RED IS DANCING PRODUCTIONS & SAN FRANCISCO DANCE FILM FESTIVAL's 2015-2016 Curated Short Dance Films
Express yourself. For Redha Medjellekh, founder of Red is Dancing, dance is the most beautiful way to do this. He wholeheartedly believes that the art of dance is able to convey the strongest ideas and break down all barriers. Wearing many hats: a dancer, producer and choreographer; he always returns to dance as it has brought him meaning that he will fight for everyday. He has been traveling around the globe to discover communities through this art and nonverbal language. He created and hosted the TV show Dance Around the World, a series that revolves around dancing with different people and cultures. He produced the Dot Move YouTube and FB channel, where he can connect and reach out to a large and international audience. Now, he continues to create dance content that moves people’s minds.