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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Continentel dance festival ends on a high

It was an energetic night of colourful performances, as the third edition of the annual East African Night of Tolerance-(EANT) dance festival came to an end.

The contemporary dance festival started with professional workshops held by the visiting dancers at several locations in Kigali and Huye.

The performances started on November 20, with the Independence Cha Cha at the Rwanda Revenue Hall in Kimihurura. On 21st Nov, the festival moved to Maison de Jeunes in Kimisagara, for a night of contemporary hip-hop from Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.

Then it was back to the Rwanda Revenue Hall on 20th for three East African contemporary groups and, finally to Papyrus Restaurant for an evening of solos with dancers from West Africa.

This year’s theme was: “Culture and Transgression.” The final performances were by dancers from Benin, France, Isoko Yu Buzima, Gabon and Cote d’Ivoire and the small venue at Papyrus was packed with a delighted crowd.

Richard Adoussou of Benin opened the show with a piece called Murmures, which was inspired by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech in Dakar, which claims: “Africa has no history.”

Matthieu Nieto followed with the piece: “I am not my colour.” He dressed and danced like a Malian woman and spoke like one in fluent Bamanan to represent his diverse cultural influences.

Matthieu Nieto followed with the piece: “I am not my colour.” He dressed and danced like a Malian woman and spoke like one in fluent Bamanan to represent his diverse cultural influences.

Next was a piece from Gabon by Amael Dibobe titled, “Pepper in the Eyes,” about a leader who puts on a mask in order not to see the suffering around him.

The last performance was “I Love Red” by Ange Aoussou from Ivory Coast, which is about the post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire and the country’s future.

The dance festival was organised by Amizero Kompagnie and sponsored by the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Institut Fran├žais Paris (IF), Institut Francais du Rwanda (IFR) and Positive production. It was also supported by Ishyo Arts Centre, Papyrus, the Office and Iriba Centre.

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