danceGATHERING 2019 to Surpass Expectations

danceGATHERING 2019 to Surpass Expectations

The 2019 edition of danceGATHERING will open to the general public from 20 February and end with street art intervention on February 23 and 24. Themed Afrospacetime, this edition includes 79 artists, amongst which are dancers, choreographers, visual artists, art historians, curators, filmmakers, architects, photographers, drummers and producers, from across the world including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin Republic, Senegal, Dominican Republic, Nederland, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Jamaica and the USA.

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According to artistic director/co-curator of danceGATHERING 2019 Qudus Onikeku, “The momentum of our gathering as Africans scattered all over the world, is to affirm the reality of a shared networked and global presence on this planet. It is a reality that we indicate through the declaration of these premises as fact and, within the framework of Afrospacetime, danceGATHERING 2019 will offer an opportunity for us to express and interweave those fleeting emotions, imageries and imaginations borne of consciousness and allow them to enrich our lives’ choices here now”.

Onikeku further stressed that “danceGATHERING is built on practical collaborations and mutual sharing of knowledge and privileges, those previously and historically predetermined by the warped values laid down by racism, patriarchy, nationalism, gender and other politics of iniquity. This isn’t a denial of difference, but an acceptance of our own individual and collective privileges and interdependently bringing them on board, for diversity, for equity, inclusion and for the service of others who don’t enjoy same level of privilege. In these endeavors, we work to make Art and thought come alive and to resonate with one another. Allowing Experimentation with concepts and ideas to come before ­linear meaning. Building Unexpected bridges between abstraction and realism, between reason and emotion, between the conscious, trance and dreamscapes. In order for new questions to be introduced, to be revealed, the need to expand our emotional capacity for a rethinking, a reinvention, to happen – for difference to become productive, for collaborations to take form, for there to be a value to inquiry. For uncertainty and ephemerality to offer a vast reservoir of freedom and free play.”

The festival is framed as a workshop for creatives from the African continent and its Diaspora, but most importantly an opportunity for the Lagos populace to have direct access to international artists. The public event’s lineup includes an opening cocktail on February 20, Artists’ Salon on February 21 at Glover Memorial Hall, Marina, Dance Party on the February 22 at the same venue, while February 23 and 24 will be the international performance weekend on Broad Street.


Opening Cocktail | February 20

Artists Salon | February 21 | Glover Hall.

Dance Party | February 22| Glover Hall.

International Performance Weekend | Broad Street | February 23 – 24, 2019


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