She Poems to hit Windhoek

A free contemporary dance show is on the cards for Windhoek arts lovers this month.

31 August 2018 | Art and Entertainment

The Embassy of Spain, in collaboration with the College of the Arts (COTA), has the pleasure of informing the public about the second edition of 'She Poems – Namibia', a cultural cooperation initiative which, after their first joint project in April, will reunite the Namibian artists Trixie Munyama and Nesindano Namises with Spanish choreographer Aïda Colmenero. On 15 September they will present the film shot in Namibia and a new dance performance at the College of the Arts.

She Poems is a contemporary art project directed by Aïda Colmenero and implemented in Africa with creative African women. The project has produced workshops, short dance films, dance photographs and contemporary dance pieces. The project aims at promoting female African role models in dancing, and drawing a women-poetry-dance-African map. The creative process is based on poems written by women, universal realities transformed into poetry in motion. She Poems is a tribute to African women, the expression of their own identity, giving them a voice which is expressed through dancing… it is a female empowerment project connecting Afro-descendant women and women in general.

The project was officially presented in the USA and has since been released to other continents. Colmenero presented her project for the first time in Namibia earlier this year, starting with a dance workshop featuring ten female artists. Two of them, Munyama and Namises, were selected to create a joint contemporary dance performance and produce a short film. In continuation of the She Poems project in Namibia, the Spanish choreographer will return to Windhoek to reap the fruits of her labour through the international premiere of the short film and the creation of a new performance with the same artists.

Colmenero has studied in Spain and Senegal, focusing on drama, dance and audio-visual. In 2017 she organised Africa Moment, the first international meeting of contemporary African performing arts in Barcelona, aimed at bringing together the work of African artists, as well as bringing it closer to the audience. Colmenero will conduct a dance workshop for children at Physically Active Namibia (PAY), an organisation providing after-school education and sport training in Katutura. She Poems will also, on 15 September, host a free show at COTA that will be in three parts.

June Shimuoshili

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