El Colegio del Cuerpo (eCdC) was founded in 1997, in Cartagena de Indias by the dancers, choreographers and pedagogues Álvaro Restrepo (Colombia) and Marie France Delieuvin (France). A space created for children, youngsters and the general public where they find the opportunity to approach the expressive and artistic dimension of the human body, through Contemporary Dance.
eCdC is a cultural and an educative space – plural and democratic – that offers the opportunity of the construction of a new ethics of the human body, indissolubly connected to an aesthetic and artistic search; simultaneously associated with contemporary cultural, social, political and economic issues. eCdC achieves its mission through four working areas: Formation, Creation, Sensitivity and Diffusion, Investigation and Documentation.
During 15 years of uninterrupted work, approximately 8.100 children and youngsters have participated in the programs of the institution; the great majority of them receiving a free formation, due to their scarce resources life conditions. Simultaneously, eCdC has contributed to sensitize children, youngsters and teachers from educational systems in the world. Besides, the artistic work created by the Directors of eCdC and interpreted by the dancers of Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias, has been performed in Latin America, The United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.
eCdC is a nonprofit organization. It is an Entidad de Educación para el Trabajo y el Desarrollo Humano (Institution of Education for Work and Human Development), recognized by the Education District Secretariat by Resolution No. 0250 issued on November 10, 2010, Decree 4904 of December 16, 2009. License that replaced the original Resolution No. 0323 of March 16, 2006 – Decree 114 of 1996 granted to eCdC as a Non Formal Education Institution, the previous nomination given by the Ministry of Education.
eCdC is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Cartagena de Indias´ Mayoralty, Education District Secretariat, Endesa / Emgesa Foundation, Asociación Metrópoli Colombia, Fundación Carlos y Sonia Haime. Among other sponsors, mentioned in the corresponding formation programs, between 2007 and 2011, the institution developed Project MA: my body, my home for 1.200 children (2007 – 2009); 380 children (2010) and 240 children (2011), with resources from Japan´s government (JSDF) through the World Bank.
In 1998, the Co-Director Marie France Delieuvin received the award Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France. In 2003, the Ministry of Education nominated eCdC for UNESCO Education for Peace Prize. It was then rewarded by the Ministry of Culture with the I Edition National Prize for Cultural Organizations of Excellence. In 2004 the Director Álvaro Restrepo was commissioned as Artistic Director of Laokoon Festival in Hamburg (Germany) for the 2005 edition of the event. Recently, eCdC was nominated by PORTAFOLIO (Colombian economical newspaper) to the Prize Contribution to the Community. In 2007, the Director won the National Journalism Prize Simón Bolivar for his chronicle Llora et labora (Memory of the flesh). By the end of the same year, he won the prize The 10 of Culture within a decade of Culture from the Ministry of Culture. In August 2008, the Director received a Honoris Causa in Dance Education from the University of Antioquia.