A beautiful, growing dance

Wednesday October 9 2019


“Pedestrian’s Walk,” a performance by Dancers’ Art Uganda. PHOTO | ANDREW I.KAZIBWE 

What is contemporary dance? Is it not just another form of western art? Why is it taking long to catch on? These and many questions pop up whenever contemporary dance is mentioned around those not familiar with it.

But not for the East African Nights of Tolerance, which held its eighth weeklong edition in Kigali.

Like many such shows, the festival was preceded by a workshop — facilitated by Laura Vanhulle and Johnny Autin from the UK — before it climaxed into three days of performances at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village.

Thirteen participants from six countries had the stage to themselves.

These included Muda Africa (Tanzania), Yawa Dance Company (Kenya), Dancer’s Image and Dance Theatre Uganda (Uganda), Utin DT (UK), Fire Dance Company (the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ndaro Dance Company and Wakisha (Rwanda), who staged performances around the theme “Mind Lives Matter.”

“Contemporary dance is still at the discovery stage, making it so beautiful,” explains Hosaiah Otieno Odindo, from Yawa Dance Company.