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    VISA 2 DANCE festival 2008

    VISA 2 DANCE organizers and staff:

    Artistic Director: Aloyce Makonde / MIONZI Dance Theatre

    Artistic Adviser & coordinator: Vanessa Tamburi / FLUSSO dance project

    Coordinator & fundraising: Rachel Kessi / MAWAZO Gallery

    Technical Director: Evans Bukuku

    Sound & light system: Eventlites

    Stage set up: Vayle Spring, Aclay Mwalusamba

    Press Office: Southern Sun Hotel

    Artwork: Blau design ltd.

    Organisation assistants: Helen Elinewinga, Fujo Makaranga, Maria Matilya, Fatma Mussa, Ian Mwaisunga, Angelique Ngarambe, Misha Roels, Diamond Jubilee staff.


    The VISA 2 DANCE Festival focuses on Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Research. Contemporary dance provides an expressive and reflective platform for people to examine their inner identities. Art in general, and performing arts in particular, can be excellent drivers of development. However, dance as a vibrant artistic form, which interrogates culture but also challenges artists and its audiences to experiment and develop, does not yet exist in Tanzania. Popular Tanzanian culture is currently showcased for the most part through sport, crafts, the visual arts, music, film and traditional dance form. Contemporary Dance encourages imagination and creativity, and contributes to open-mindedness and acceptance of different ideas. They can also generate, in the audience, new perspectives and understanding of existing different dance forms and challenging realities.

    Sponsors & collaborations

    Russian Cultural Institute, the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut, the British Council, US Embassy, Embassy of Netherlands, Vipaji Foundation, UNESCO, University of Dar es Salaam Southern sun Hotel, Mawazo Gallery, MIONZI dance theatre, FLUSSO dance project, Golden Tulip Hotel, Dar guide, What’s happening in Dar, Dar life, Real2reel, Ultimate Security, DSM Fitness Centre.


    Dance workshops (closed number) / forum – seminars / projections of dance session - Mon 20 Oct – Fri 24 Oct 10 am – 4 pm - Alliance Française – Russian Cultural Centre – British Council

    Exhibition of Dance Images

    Movement Frozen in Time (Goethe Institut) - Tues 21 Oct. / opening 8 pm Alliance Française

    Performances / Diamond Jubilee VIP hall 

    Wed 22 Oct, 7.30pm

    - Kunja dance theatre (Kenya) Urbanite

    - 651 arts/ Christalyn Wright (USA) Unapologetically Me

    - FLUSSO dance project (Italy) Barocco&co duo

    - THT (Tanzania) Proverbs of a witch Dr

    - Burudani (Uganda) Memoires of Child soldiers

    Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm

    - Foot steps (Uganda) MDGs (Mellinium Development Goals)

    - 651 arts/ Nora Chipaumire (USA – Zimbabwe) Manifesto (excerpt from Thomas Mapfumo Project)

    - THT (Tanzania) Proverbs of a witch Dr

    - 651 arts/ Nora Chipaumire – Christalyn Wright – Reggie Wilson

    - Stephanie Thiersch/MOUVOIR (Germany) Mini-Input

    - Burudani ( Uganda) Black and white

    Fri 24 Oct, 8.30pm

    - Lumumba theatre (Tanzania) The Finders

    - Stina Ahlberg & Ulrika Berg (Sweden) Memo Duo

    - Joka jok (Kenya) Nipe Nafasi

    - Mionzi dance theatre (Tanzania) The egg upside down

    - M&L (Nigeria) Rhythm of the night

    - 651 arts/ Reggie Wilson (USA) Introduction

    - FLUSSO dance project (Italy) Barocco&co duo