Thando Mnkandla and Lesley Mabhena
Windhoek - The recent launch of a Fun2Dance, a brainchild of Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), in partnership with First Rand Namibia Foundation Trust, to promote art and dance has received a warm welcome.
The programme, which was launched last Thursday, was preceded by a debut show titled “When Namibia meets France” which had an overwhelming response.
Being the first show out of Fun2Dance, it was graced by French dancer, William Domiquin, Namibian renowned dancers, West Uarije and Daniel Kulhman, at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC).
The event also saw performances OYO dance troupe led by El-Junita Philander and Desmond Kamerika, with Mary-Jane Andreas, Newlawrence Somseb, Sophie Janser, Jeffrey Ndjahera, Frieda Haufiku and Sean Goaseb.
In an interview, OYO director, Philippe Talavera, said the initiative was an opportunity for local dancers to enhance their talents and also learn about dance cultures in other countries.
“It is a platform to create something new for the audience and the dancer. It is also a way of engaging local and international relations through dance and promote social and cultural diversity,” said Talavera.
He said the development comes at a time where aspiring dancers were in need of financial, material and creative assistance, adding that Fun2Dance support would strengthen the dance industry.
In a briefing before the show, FNB corporate social investment manager, Revonia Kahivere, said that as First Rand Namibia Foundation Trust, they were delighted to be part of Fun2Dance.
“It is our hope that the people of Namibia, throughout the country, will embrace this initiative. For that reason, we are pleased to announce that the First National Bank (FNB), through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust, has invested N$98,387 towards this exciting workshop. We understand the difficulties faced by dancers and we are committed to help develop the arts of Namibia,” Kahivere said.
Namibian dancers had quite a lot to learn from William Domiquin who is a graduate of the International School of Dance in Paris, France. He specialises in hip-hop and contemporary dance, and is a well-travelled artist who has been on tour in the US, Canada and recently Mexico before coming to Namibia for the first time.
In an interview, Domiquin, who did a solo performance during the show, described his act as a “self-expression”.
“My solo act is basically on enjoying music and self-expression through music. Music expresses naturalness and I express myself more when I dance,” he said.
Fun2Dance is a great initiative to achieve social awareness such as HIV through dance.