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Dance For Diplomacy: DanceMotion USA Sends Companies Overseas
January 18, 2012
Katherine Frey/The Washington Post
Dance for diplomacy? Sure, why not? Language, for all of its nuance, has a limited ability to cross cultural lines; there’s a rigidity inherent in the process, and, nearly always, a term or phrase that can’t be accurately translated. So DanceMotion USA – a joint effort between the State Department, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Pfizer and J.P. Morgan – is taking a chance on the universal language of motion, sending a quartet of notable American dance companies to countries that, generally, miss out on the eyes and dollars of tourists, in a display of diplomatic outreach. Tap in the Congo? Modern dance in Kyrgyzstan? Again: sure, why not? (FULL ARTICLE: Rebecca Ritzel, The Washington Post)