Dance Africa Now

Woking Dance Festival 2007

14 March 07 - 31 March 09

A Visiting Arts funded project Spanning North, East and West Africa, three stunning dance companies from Senegal, Kenya, and Tunisia are united in this triple bill, celebrating the rich diversity of African performing arts and its vibrant creativity. Senegal’s Compagnie Premier Temps presents Impro-visé_2, a powerfully evocative duet observing the emotional strain of life on the streets in Dakar. Dancer-Choreographer Andréya Ouamba has created an original and intense dance piece, which won the international competition Danse l’Afrique Danse in Paris. Possessing a yearning grace and raw muscular strength, the two dancers mesmerize with every inch of movement, enhanced by a rich lyrical soundtrack of vocals and rhythm. Hip hop dance has grown increasingly popular in Tunisia over the last 20 years. Awardwinning choreographer Imed Jemaa transfers this urban dance form from the street to the stage in his new piece Rojla. Performed by seven athletic dancers, the piece evokes the atmosphere of the Maghreb Medinas with poetic tales of city life. Kenyan dancer-choreographer, Kebaya Moturi performs his solo piece, Hisia (Swahili for ‘intuition’). Developing his own movement language fusing African and European influences, Moturi’s beautifully meditative work paints the stage with poetic texts, dance, and ritualistic movement.