Offbeat Festival Miaraka in Madagascar: Place at the Talent of Artists with Disabilities

08:30  14 september  2021
08:30  14 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le festival © RFI / Laetitia Bezain The Festival "Miaraka" started on September 13, 2021, in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo. His ambition: to promote the talent of artists with disabilities.

The second edition of the Miaraka Festival opened this Monday, September 13, in the Capital Antananarivo. Miaraka ("Together", in French) unites on stage artists with disabilities and valid artists, and mixes contemporary dance, music or murals. An initiative to promote the creativity and talent of people with a disability who still have too little room on stage, consider the organizers.

of our correspondent in Antananarivo, when it goes on a new scene, nampoina rakotoarivelo analyzes the space it must master to reveal his art. Dancing without seeing has become a strength for this 27-year-old artist. "On stage my handicap is transformed into energy," he explains. Especially when I dance with someone who sees. This creates a small challenge because I do not see and I say to myself: "We will show the public what we know how to do". And it pleases a lot every time.

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Performance that deconstruct the clichés: "When I dance, what I feel, it's self-confidence," says Nampoina Rakotoarivelo. I show people we are like the others. We can exceed the limit they imagine. It's always the first message I transmit in my show. It is a struggle that I lead in the world of art because on a daily basis, we do not do much noise but through dancing, I can show that we, people with disabilities, we are able to act.

Handicap, culture and belief

at the origin of this festival, is the dancer and choreographer Lovatiana, at the head of the company of the same name since 2002. A company composed of dancers with disabilities and valid people.

"There are artistic proposals regularly in the year," says Lovatiana. But there is a lack of integration of people with disabilities. There, we can see the result. It is only in the second edition but we still already see a great evolution in the behavior of people vis-à-vis disability. As soon as we announce this or that inclusive spectacle, people respond favorably to our call. The question of taboo and disability is in relation to culture or belief in some areas, it is not everywhere in Madagascar. But it has already evolved a lot I think. This kind of initiative makes it possible to change this point of view from disability. This or such a person's handicap does not prevent him from realizing things in his own way and at his own pace.

Dance shows, music workshops, murals, braille or free sign language and open to all take place until Friday, September 17th.

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