Thursday, December 01, 2005
Dancing from poverty.
In an abandoned convent in the city of Cartagena, on Colombia's northern coast, operates The School of the Body- El Colegio del Cuerpo- a non profit organization which helps children from the marginalized neighbourhoods, come to terms with their traumas from war and displacement. Every year thousands of Colombians are forced from their land, from their homes and villages as a result of the civil conflict which wages in the countryside between left wing rebels and right wing paramilitaries. The most affected, are the children. At The School of the Body, the children learn how to use music and dance as a way of exorcizing the soul and coming to terms with their fears, and dancing from poverty by seeing a future, as contemporary dancers and performers in the Arts. The School of the Body is directed by internationally renowned artist and dancer Alvaro Restrepo, and his charity has kept hundreds of children from the city streets, known for its charter tourism and social disparity. In the picture, Viridiana Castro dances her way through a dark corridor, like a ghost, in this imposing colonial building.