18 Feb Kansaze Dance Theatre 2015 Highlights
This year Rachael was awarded the British Council and Arts Council Artists International development fund to travel to Uganda in August hosted by Tabuflo to research traditional and current forms of dance. While in Uganda Rachael taught classes as part of the Batalo East Festival & Break Anatomy Training Programme for dancers from East Africa. She observed, participated with and interviewed traditional dance pioneers like Rwangenzi Stephen founder of Ndere Troupe including the choreographers Amina Namukla and Sam Okello. She experienced music and dance workshops from an array of professional local artists.
Rachael is an ADAD (One Dance UK) Trailblazer fellow 2015/16. Applying the information gained from her trip to Uganda this summer Rachael shall utilise the fellowship to create a documentary exploring dance, culture and politics of Uganda. She will also be publishing a short paper on Ugandan dance forms to be presented at Regenerations conference 2016. A new work is being developed in 2016. A workshop lecture themed on this project has been developed and the first lecture will be delivered at Roehampton University Feb 2016.
Kansaze Dance Theatre completed their first ever tour of 2:1 this summer to London venues Rich Mix, Camden Peoples Theatre and Sutton Theatres. 2:1 is a cross art form play about gender and power in today’s world. It was created by Emma-Dennis Edwards and Rachael Nanyonjo. The creative collaborators on this project included dramaturg Funmi Adewole, Thomas Wright, Natalie Jackson and Geordan Reid-Cambell.