MiniMerci CZECH REPUBLIC

MiniMerci CZECH REPUBLIC

The hidden city dance of the Roma neighbouorhoods of Bronx, Hawaii and the Parliament.

Gold, lush colours, an accordion, shiny sequined dresses, joyful life in a travelling camp - the romantic image of the Roma is firmly rooted in our consciousness. The reality, however, ruthlessly verifies the imagination: Czech Roma often live in complete isolation from the rest of society. The Bronx, Hawaii and the Parliament - the names of some of the 300 Roma ghettos marked on the map of the Czech Republic. In one of these, live the children with MiniMerci – a dance group led by Lenka Sládečková. Dance classes are included in an extracurricular programme, designed to encourage young Roma to devote their free time to their own artistic development. The leader of the group acknowledges that participation in Brave Kids (for the third time) is now becoming a real motivation – the children know that only through hard work, may they come to Poland. The youngest Roma living in an isolated area of ​​the ghetto base their knowledge of the world on myths and stories circulating among adults or stories that are invented by their peers. In the first year we hosted MiniMerci, the little Roma children expected Poland to be a country with blue trees, and upon seeing children from Uganda, believed them to be devils, initially refusing to cooperate. During Brave Kids one will see that, despite the difficult situation of Roma children in the Czech Republic, there are still stored in the genes the same energy and joy of dancing in the eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fot. Maciej Magielski