After the successful « Dancing Cities » (a contemporary dance open-air audition followed by a workshop) and « We Almost Forgot » (the latest dance production of choreographer Qudus Onikeku) held in June in Abuja, followed by the « Urban dances tour around the world » in Lagos and Enugu, the Institut français du Nigeria continues to provide the Nigerian public with a unique opportunity to experience contemporary dance.
On tour in 8 Institut français of the African continent, Oumaïma and Saifeddine Manai, two young and talented Tunisian dancers who studied dance in France, performed their latest solo pieces in the courtyard of Institut français du Nigeria, Abuja, on Saturday 19th November in front of 120 people.
Oumaïma’s work focuses on feminity, feminism but also religious symbolism. She presented her latest solo NITT 100Limites which was created during a residency at Institut français Dakar, followed by another one at Institut français Bamako. Through the use of dance, theatrical facial expressions and objects from outside such as metallic fence and wire, her performance questions feminity and
Saifeddine Manai’s performance in the garden of the Institut français was innovative. Dancing in the public space, inviting the audience to follow him and to join him in his dancing, his show was very appreciated by the audience.
The presence of the dancers in Abuja was also the opportunity for local choreographers and dancers to benefit from a workshop given by Saifeddine Manai on the following Monday, in partnership with the Krump Dance Studios and Tru Dance Art. The company is now on its way to Madagascar to continue their tour.
Photo Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi