1st annual Windhoek International Dance Festival launches today

WINDHOEK, Oct. 23 – The 1st annual Windhoek International Dance Festival (WIDF) is set to take Windhoek residents by storm with performances of original choreography by both local and international dancers and companies from 23 – 28 October 2017.

The purpose of the Windhoek International Dance Festival is to educate, entertain and to develop awareness and appreciation for the art of dance.

The Festival is a pilot dance project and kicks off on Monday 23 October with a media stakeholder engagement evening taking place at the John Muafangejo Arts Centre (KCAC). Also, the evening will also showcase dance performances by West Uarije and Nikhita Winkler as well as the launch of a video and photo exhibition that focuses on dance evolution in Windhoek.

As from Tuesday 24 October until Saturday 28 October interested attendees will be engaged in workshops which include genres such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Namibian Contemporary, Afro-Pop, Afro Contemporary, Belly Dance, Ballet as well as Dancing in Heels. These workshops will be held will be held at College of the Arts Studio 40 (COTA) as well as the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN). Facilitators of these workshops are Namibia’s finest local choreographers, dancers and teachers as well as the international facilitators from Portugal and Zimbabwe. Registration & Payments for the workshops will be done at the COTA/NTN on the day of the workshops.

On Thursday 26 October a lecture presented by Angelika Schroeder, Rector College of the Arts together with Keynote speaker Ilona Veldsman (South Africa) will be held at the FNCC from 14h00. The topic in discussion: The State of Dance Education in Namibia.

The Windhoek International Dance Festival is also hosting 3 stages for Live Performances. The Urban Stage (Post Street Mall) will have a variety of flash mob performances on Wednesday 25 October from 12h00 to 14h00 featuring a selection Windhoek’s urban youth dancers.

The Main Stage (Warehouse Theatre) will have 2 nights of live performances on Wednesday 25 October and Friday 27 October. On Wednesday audiences will enjoy performances from Anchen Wille Dance Academy, Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), Beat Revolution, First Rain Dance Theatre (FRDT), Da-mâi Dance Ensemble as well as Tatenda Chabarwa (Zimbabwe). Friday, 27 October, International Solo Acts such as Andre Herculess (Portugal), McIntosh Jerahuni (Zimbabwe), and Vathiswa Nodlayiya (South Africa) as well as local acts Da-mai Dance Ensemble, Equipped Dance Academy, Anchen Wille Dance Academy. Tickets are available at the FNCC and College of the Arts.

The Heritage Stage is the third and final stage will be held at the College of the Arts Courtyard on Saturday 28 October featuring 5 Namibian Traditional Dance Groups and a performance art piece Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja and International solo pieces from the McIntosh Jerahuni (Zimbabwe) and Vathiswa Nodlayiya (South Africa). – NDN Staffer