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Novi Sad 2022, all the colors of disability

Kenta Kambara Kenta Kambara Photo by Nobuyuki Arai

Japanese artist Kenta Kambara will guest at the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, during the closing ceremony of the film programme of the final arch Other? Europe ‘Seize the Film’, on 16 October.

After the film screening of the movie Kuden&Kenta Kambara in which Kenta is the main actor, we will get to enjoy his live performance for the Novi Sad audience The Sun.

Wheelchair dancer and circus artist specializing in aerial performances. His performances are characterized by techniques that harness his upper body strength and enable him to execute stunts like doing a handstand on his wheelchair! He has performed in the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics and was a solo act at the Korea International Accessible Dance Festival in 2019. He won the Espers Award at the OnlineCircus Japan Festival 2021 which is determined by viewer votes. He has also appeared in TV commercials and gives talks in schools.

“The first time I danced solo in public was at the Nippon Budokan (an indoor arena located in Tokyo, Japan). Because of the location, I couldn’t dance the choreography I had in mind, and I was a broken mess. In order to overcome this failure, I decided that I would seek out as many opportunities as possible to dance in public. I also dance whenever I have to introduce myself”, Kenta says.

Kenta with his art, wants to influence the change of the public’s perspective towards people with disabilities. To Novi Sad audiences he is known for the film Wheelchair Dance which was shown in 2018 at the Seize the Film festival.

Seize the Film is the only regional film festival on the theme of disability. For 20 years, it has been successfully held in Novi Sad and organised by KAO Parnas. Since 2011 it is also being held in Rijeka, under the organisation of Spirit Association, and since 2017 in Banja Luka as well, under the leadership of the humanitarian organisation Partner, and in Kotor helped by ART 365 from Podgorica.

This year’s 20th Seize the Film is the most accessible film festival in the region, as it is accessible to people with physical disabilities, the blind and the deaf. The goal of the festival is the affirmation of domestic and foreign feature, documentary, and animated films, whose actors are persons with disabilities, as well as the promotion of opportunities and challenges for persons with disabilities (with special reference to groups that are marginalised in more ways) through art.

The performance of this extraordinary artist was supported by the EU-Japan Fest Committee, as part of the official programme of the Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture Foundation, and the Other? Europe programme arch.

16. Oct 2022.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cultural Center of Novi Sad
Katolička porta 5, Novi Sad

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