For this year’s Eastern Tunes Festival on 6.7.2019 we are preparing a performance of Uighur dancer MUKADDAS MIJIT. Don’t miss her graceful performance!
Mukaddas Mijit was born in May 1982 in Urumchi, the capital of Xinjiang in the Uyghur Autonomous Region in North-western China. She is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, dancer and music manager.
In 2003 Mukaddas Mijit came to Paris to study classical music. The non-visibility of Uyghur culture made her decide to study Ethnomusicology to enable her to promote her own culture. In 2015, she obtained her PhD degree in ethnomusicology, researching about “Staging of Uyghur Dance and Music”.
As a dancer Mijit has performed internationally, including Maison des cultures du Monde, Théâtre des Abbesses, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), the Morgenland Festival (Osnabrück), Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie (Geneva), Watermill Centre NY, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Festival de Fes Morocco, Singapore Festival of Arts and Grand Performance Los Angeles. She has collaborated with numerous performers (as Ayshemgul Memet, Sanuber Tursun, Perhat Khaliq and Sandrine Monlezun) creating traditional based works of song and dance infusing culture and style. In addition, Mijit has organized a great number of cultural programs, coordinating contemporary and traditional Uyghur dance and music programs while managing the logistics of Uyghur artists traveling from China. Mijit is multi-lingual, speaking fluently Uyghur, Chinese, French, English, Turkish, Uzbek, Kazakh and Kirgiz.
As a filmmaker she made several ethnographic documentary films about Uyghur music and dance. “Qetiq, Rock’n Ürümchi” is Dr. Mijit’s first feature length documentary (55’, 2013). It has received a nomination in 10th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival in 2014. As an artist she is involved in several dance and music projects in France and in United-Stats. She regularly gives Uyghur dance workshops to promote this gracious Central Asian Dance.