WHAT WE BELIEVE.
This is what we believe; there are things in this world more powerful than words. A single look, a shifting weight, a hand, a finger can seduce you; can make you believe in magic. Movement is dance and dance is magic, teaching and sharing my experiences with the performers in Mombasa was a powerful experience.
My main focus was on modern contemporary dance, the challenges we go through in creating for certain audiences, how to approach and communicate performances creating magic on stage with movement, Because movement is the most basic form of communication for every human being in earth. Majoring in dance and choreography requires talent, discipline and hard work, whether your ultimate goal is performance or teaching, dance takes time and serious dedication.
Most of us are never lucky enough to get the proper training or even dance workshops in the country. It’s a rare gem to find; only some few companies really offer these opportunities. The theatre company of Kenya is among the few who offer such trainings. I am more than lucky being trained and now being part of the Performance Laboratory that is offering these trainings. I had two days intense dance workshop at Swahili pot in Mombasa organized by John Wasonga the TTC’s coast manager, I got a chance to work with fifteen amazing dancers from different groups, levels and genres of dance. We did a lot of improvisation on creation and different methods of creating dance from streets, games, nature, imagination etc. at the end of it we had two routines which now the dancers are planning to do a street flash mob with either of them in the streets.
The reception and support at the Swahili pot is so great gives the artist the freedom and peace of mind to work mostly considering that the artistic place is on the shore of the ocean it’s very calming boosting creativity. At the end of the workshop it was about using the body to express what a whole bunch of words never could. Understanding that each genre of dance as powerful as the next one, expresses the people, the culture, a place where you come from. A moving record of our human existence.
Joseph Gichinga – Dancer.