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Open Field Charity Profile
The non-governmental organization (NGO) Open field was founded in February 2007 as a result of creative work by a team of people who enthusiastically joined forces with dancer, teacher and choreographer Rena Milgrom (studio Zambra, Prague).
Open field was founded by Rena Milgrom, Martina Kvapilova, Daniela Pachmannova and Gabrielle Smith-Dluha.
It is easy to see the group's long-term interest in the studies of Oriental cultures and traditions simply by tracing back through the wide range of international projects realized over the years. The “Dance in Zambra Rhythm?? project took place between 2002 and 2003. “Magic fingers, Dancing Feet?? in 2004, “1000 & 1 fingers?? in 2005 and “Persian Inversions??followed. The impulse for founding the NGO occurred with the concept of the “Silk road?? project (2006-2007). Thanks to this symbolical cultural journey from China to Europe, the connection of artists from different countries became a reality.
The aim of NGO Open field is to create conditions for the research and study, preservation and transformation of cultures and dance traditions especially from the countries of Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, that are quickly disappearing with globalisation.
We believe that in the age of rapid globalisation, terrorism and national riots, an open dialogue among cultures and religions is very important base for understanding, tolerance and enrichment. Open field chose a path through the arts as a way toward peace and personal growth. Our residence is in Prague – a city with an ancient reputation as the spiritual centre of Europe. This fact has more than a symbolic impact on activities of Open field.