Dance Gathering 2018: A Festival to Remember
Recently, dance lovers were treated to an unforgettable experience at the annual Dance Gathering Festival co-curated by artistic director of QDance Centre, Qudus Onikeku, and Onye Ozuzu, Dean of School of Fine and Performing Arts, Columbia College in United States. Attracting over 3,000 people, with the largest attendance on the closing weekend, the festival featured performances on Broad Street, one of the most ancient and popular streets on Lagos Island.
In its second year, the theme for this edition was ‘Body and Memory,’ and it focused on varied forms of writings that explore the body as a storehouse of memories and inherited traumas while viewing it as a prized possession that acts as both a battlefield and a space for freedom. It also highlighted memory as an element of healing and restoration that goes beyond set limitations and communicates them in non-verbal form and verbal forms, as well as and in performance.
“…As the living pass through the tunnel of history, the body becomes the prized possession, a battlefield and a space of freedom,” says Onikeku. “Memory as an element of healing and reconstruction goes beyond set limitations, thus communicating in non-verbal, expressive forms.”
Dance Gathering 2018 began with workshops and master classes facilitated by the co-curators and other resource persons which were held from February 12 – 17. In addition, there were talks by key experts, who proffered solutions to the challenges in the creative arts industries.
The event reached a climax with the closing weekend, as local and international participants took over Broad Street, showcasing skills and creativity. Some of the highlights include individual and group choreography, live band performances, painting, musical performances, cultural dances, poetry and drama.
Thoroughly enjoying the breath-taking performances, the audience cheered till the early hours of the morning.
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