19 year old breakdancer, Kudzai Chikowe will be the first Zimbabwean to participate at the world’s biggest dance event, DanceStar’s World Dance Masters taking place in Porec, Croatia from the May 24 – 28, 2017. Read more
If you thought a movie like the ‘Titanic’ was very emotional, especially when disaster strikes then you gotta hold that thought for a minute and watch Zimbabwe’s dance production, ‘Broken Pavement’.
The production, like the ‘Titanic’ is also based on a true story of one of Zimbabwe’s renowned dancers, and now creative director of Jibilika Dance Trust, Blessing ‘Christyles’ Fire.
After being born wheelchair bound, Christyles and the 4GO10 Tribe take in a well-choreographed manner, narrate to the story of how he struggled to be accepted in his own family as well as the society.
But by sheer determination and a strong passion for dance, Fire gets a new perspective of life and uses his uniqueness to be recognized amongst some of the top dancers of his time.
The Brian Geza choreographed production also showcases the encounters that physically challenged children face in schools and the communities they grow in.
It takes a while before people can accept that individual and at times can force one to go into isolation.
Eventually, when people then realise that Fire has something special, in fact, something way more precious than they have, they embrace him and together they manage to build a strong dance group.
It’s a priceless show and HIFA did well by letting this production debut at this year’s festival.
Geza now hopes that they will get admission into some international festivals so they can go share this amazing story with the rest of the world.
“Am really happy that the production came out well. We did not have much time to rehearse as well as funds to sustain but with the little we had we managed to persevere and produce this work,” said Geza.
“From here we want to push to get this production out to the rest of the world and share this amazing story with them,” he added.
Nothing speaks resilience more than a flower that grows and blooms in a time of adverse conditions. This best describes the latest development on the Zimbabwean arts scene. Read more
In an age where dance is still negatively stereotyped, Sean Mambwere’s successful career is testimony to the power of dance in creating employment and impacting people. Read more
South African dance champion, Paul Modjadji, will on Tuesday April 11 host auditions to select Zimbabwe’s first representative at the world dance championships, DanceStar, set for Croatioa this May. Read more
Batanai Gardens was on Saturday buzzing with loads of youths who participated in yet another breath taking Jibilika Cypher. Read more
Many people struggle to let go when they start something and it is doing well, but for Jibilika founder, Plot Mhako this was not the case as he recently resigned from being boss at Jibilika Dance Trust, to let fresh minds take charge. Read more
Award-winning choreographer, John Cole will on March 31 begin a charity dancing tour in Mutare. Read more
“I am stepping down from my role as the creative and projects director at Jibilika Dance Trust. I don’t want to hold on forever. I am turning 35 and our programming is youth based and I am growing out of that zone and want to let new blood take charge and chart the new course with new energy,” reveled founder of Jibilika, Plot Mhako, on Wednesday morning.
NAMA award winning dance group Breakthrough Productions has planned a thrilling love act in this year’s edition of Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) set for May 2 to 7. Read more