The French Embassy, Alliance Francais and Environment 360 have put together a dance theater, that highlights the environmental crisis that plaques the world and it will show this Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Alliance Francaise in Accra.
The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries at risk of starvation and famine, the Sea ice are melting, warmer sea, disappearing reefs, and ocean full of plastics, hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfire, and disappearance of species.
Ghana can not be left out of such environmental canker – bedeviled with illegal mining, filth, pollution, flood, gas explosions and others.
WAKE UP! is here to move all of us to start to act as citizens of the World, to give a better future to our children. This is to sensitize all people around the World and also the Ghanaian audience about their way of life and the responsibility to improve our environment which has become a catastrophe – “Act now before it is too late”.
The dance is directed by award-winning choreographer, Valérie Miquel, who is also the Artistic Director of Dance Institute Ghana (DIG).
Valerie Miquel was born in Paris (France) and began her study of classical dance at age 6. She started dancing professionally at age 12 for Janine Solane’s dance company. For over 8 years, she danced the entire repertoire (performing also as soloist). Meanwhile, she continued her studies in Paris and learned a variety of techniques: Theatre (Fred Basilio) Indian Dance (Bharatha Natyam), Pantomime, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance (Martha Graham, Maurice Béjart), and Jazz Dance.
In 2011 she received a Grant from Ghana, the African Women’s Development Fund to support her work with UNCB as a committed dance company working for the women.In December 2012 she receives on the stage of the Serena Conference Hall with all the dancers of UNCB the EAA award of best EAA Dance Group.
In March 2013, after having been nominated by the President on CID / UNESCO, she becomes a member of CID International Dance Council and participate to the 35th World Congress of Dance in Athens (end of July);
In October 2013 she receives the Pearl of Africa Lifetime Achievement Award (PALITA AWARD) and is accredited in the 2013-2014 UGANDA WHO IS WHO BOOK OF RECORD.
In July 2015 she travels with her dancers in Tanzania (Arusha) to perform KADOGOS.In November 2015 she premiered with UNCB her new Production THE TICKING BOMB IS RUNNING OUT – OUR WORLD IS IN DANGER about the climate change with a big success.
March 2017, she arrives in Accra Ghana invited by DIG Dance Institute of Ghana to be the Artistic Director and Choreographer. She is working on a new Production WAKE UP! which will be premiered on the 4th of November at Alliance Française of Accra.