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  • Norbert Strade
    Guardian Child stars from war torn land set to inspire By Andrew Raine FAR from the bombed-out city of Grozny where they live in unremitting conditions of war,
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      Guardian

      Child stars from war torn land set to inspire

      By Andrew Raine


      FAR from the bombed-out city of Grozny where they live in unremitting
      conditions of war, 33 children are set to stop off at the Riverside
      Studios on the latest leg of their European tour of breathtaking ancient
      and dynamic dances.

      Ramzan Akhmadov, former star of the Chechen National Ballet, directs
      these exceptional children in the traditional dances of the Caucasus
      region, from kaleidoscopic formations to acrobatics, somersaults and
      sword-throwing.

      Performing to the accompaniment of traditional drums and balalaika, the
      children have been labelled the most remarkable message to come out of a
      war zone.

      Dispersed by war to border camps, outlying villages and the basement
      shelters of Grozny, victim support group, CPCD has helped to reunite the
      dancers for Daimohk's 2003 European tour.

      The children, cultural ambassadors of Chechnya, have already astonished
      audiences with the vitality and sheer professionalism of their dancing
      and musical talents - in the context of war, cultural affirmation is for
      the children both a defence and a release, according to a spokesman for
      the company.

      Director Ramzan Akhmadov explains that Daimohk allows the children who
      form the ensemble to express their emotion through music and dance:
      ‘‘through dance we explode, we let ourselves go.’’ CPCD, who offer
      support to victims of conflict in the North Caucasus through a variety
      of projects, have partnered Daimohk since 2000.

      CPCD's Camilla Carr, who travelled to Chechnya in 1997 to set up a
      centre for traumatised children, was captured and held hostage in Grozny
      for 14 months, and drew on her memories of young dancers from Grozny to
      help her through her captivity.

      ‘‘The memory of the dignity and courage of the dancing children of
      Chechnya helped me survive,’’ she said.

      Jane Birkin, of ‘Je t'aime’ fame, was so inspired that within two days
      of first seeing Daimohk she organized a sell-out performance at the
      Théâtre du Soleil in Paris.

      The production will show at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios from July
      8th-10th.

      Thursday 3rd July 2003
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