Dance Transmissions Festival back with spunk

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Dance Transmissions Festival (Monday October 29-Sunday November 3) returns for another instalment this year with the promise of a better organized and weighty showcase. Last year’s [3rd] bordered on being farcical, what with visiting South African dancer Fana Tshabalala failing to do a dress rehearsal because the National Theatre had been double-booked to a nursery school speech day at his sloted time. The workshops he was supposed to give also fell through with festival organisers confining the award-winning dancer (he had just won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance a day before his journey to Uganda) to his out-of-town abode at Ndere Centre. That, coupled with his allowances and performance contract not being issued on time. For the most part, the festival which started in 2010, has suffered the Ugandan arts leadership malady of micro-management where the festival honcho is usually the alpha [male] and omega.

This year [riding on a bold social media PR campaign complete with imaginative photography and an able team] promises the best line-up of artists and Festival activities yet. These will hopefully give Dance Transmissions Festival the new lease of life its sister showcase Dance Week Festival craves now that the latter has succumbed to a bad case of “founder’s syndrome”. Renowned Ugandan dance companies will be out to prove why audiences need to pay this mostly abstract performing artform any attention. These include the globe-trotting Keiga Dance Company (run by Festival Director Jonas Byaruhanga), urban dance phenomenon; Tabu Flo Dance Company (who  recently had a good run at the National Theatre with the school-retro thriller Kalabanda: The Skeletor and Guerilla Dance Company (whose mission is to bring a fundamental chance to contemporary dance). All these are bringing new works to the National Theatre stage.

In the spirit of the East African Community, visiting troupes from Tanzania and Rwanda by way of Maendeleo and Mashirika respectively will be at the showcase alongside continental talent comprising individual dancers of note; Themba Mbuli (South Africa), Gaby Saranouffi (Madagascar), Faustin Linyekula (DRC). This time, the workshops are for real and US-based dancer Olivier Tarpaga has tasked himself with preparing Kampala’s dancers for the Festival in a three-week intensive Dance Workshop. He is here courtesy of the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund, has been preparing Kampala’s dancers for the Festival in a three-week intensive Dance Workshop in the run-up to the Festival. The weekend showcase have been preceded by dance film screenings, a photographic exhibition curated by 32ºEast, a panel discussion and Q&A’s with artists.

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Dance Transmissions Festival was initiated by Keiga Dance Company in 2010 and maybe, just maybe will live up to its aim to develop contemporary dance, professional choreography in Uganda and promote exchange among dance artists from different backgrounds this year.

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DANCE TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (November 1-3, 2013)

 FRIDAY 7PM

1. Gaby Saranouffi (Madagascar)

2. Okulamba Dance Theatre (Uganda)

3. Tereka Kenneth Desire (Uganda)

4. Guerrilla Dance Company (Uganda)

5. Maendeleo Dance (Tanzania)

6. Olivier Tarpaga workshop

SATURDAY 7PM

1. Kristina Johnstone (South Africa/Ug)

2. Olivier Tarpaga Workshop

3. Faustin Linyekula (DRC)

SUNDAY 2PM

1. Mashirika (Rwanda)

2. Okulamba Dance Theatre (Uganda)

3. Yutta Konvicts Society (Uganda)

4. Kings (Uganda)

5. Music and Me – Beatbox (Uganda)

6. Olivier Tarpaga Workshop

SUNDAY 7PM

1. Olivier Tarpaga (US)

2. Tabu Flo (Uganda)

3. Themba Mbuli (South Africa)

4. Keiga Dance Company (Uganda)

Text: MOSES SERUGO

Pix: ABDUL KINYENYA MUYINGO

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