Nov 28, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Passing a sombre message through dance

Communicating a complex topic through dance is one way of conveying a message. Rwandan entertainment audiences have stayed at home since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and social events ceased. Recently, however, they had the opportunity to enjoy a public contemporary dance performance.

Titled The Little Invisible Things , the performance reflects the pandemic as it took shape and its depth Physicality and emotional impact on society.

Since ancient times, African dance has been used to express and convey messages to society. The Invisible Things, a 45-minute production, recalls this tradition.

The production, which was staged at L’Espace in Kacyiru, Kigali, attracts with its light-flooded stage design and co. the eye catches – coordinated movements of the four dancers.

Directed by Wesley Ruzibiza and Doug Letheren, the performance premiered as part of the activities of the Hamwe Festival 2021.

The performance begins with the dancers, all dressed in white, each sitting on a chair. They read, sort beans, weave, and you sit still, thoughtful. This reflects how the lockdown was hit, with everyone locked in their homes holding on to an activity.

Unrest in detention

However, the silence doesn’t last that long they are soon insecure, dissatisfied and uncomfortable with their detention. Scratching their heads in confusion, they check their wrists as if they were in a chain.

The performance also puts the audience in a phase that is similar to the usual social distancing approach in which the dancers each other without Moving close to the body Contact. This shows the loneliness created by the new health guidelines. Other movements creatively imitate hand washing.

The last part of the performance, titled Untold Stories, shows what was really going on behind closed doors. Two couples get into conflict. One couple represents violent abuse by a woman against her husband, the other by a man against a woman. Misery, blows, violence and division are represented by the dancers. Many families can relate to these scenes.

When dancing, the chair remains a part of everyone’s life because they are still stuck in it.

The performance includes an ikinyarwanda Dance as well as contemporary and African music with modern and traditional instruments. The narrations are held in English, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French and Lingala.

The lighting captures the mood and emotions of the presentation.