“Myth of theNight dancers.”
This dance piece reflects on the myth surrounding “night dancers” that is prevalent in Uganda and some parts of the Great Lakes region like Tanzania according to legend. It is a belief that goes on until today. “Night dancer” stories have been told from way back by our ancestors especially in the rural areas. Night dancers are believed to possess supernatural (voodoo) powers and are mostly active at night. Night dancers are also believed to be cannibals and the dance piece shows the lifestyle of these “social misfits” and how they relate to the wider community that frowns upon their taboo lifestyle.
The piece shows how the community perceived the story of night dancers and how night dancer’s existence affects them. The whole story is potrayed using a fusion of African movements, contemporary, break dance and hip hop, the Dance peace questions, are the nocturnal activities of night dancers a myth or reality or was this yet another tall tale grandparents told their grand children?
“KALABANDA” The Skeltor
The Kalabanda dance piece was conceived as a conglomeration of experiences of Tabu Flo members during their boarding school education in Uganda, particularly focusing on the rich mythology of boarding school culture that has developed over many generations. The piece develops the legend of the ghost-like kakalabanda, roughly the likeness of The Skeltor of He-Man fame and by some accounts related to the infamous Caliban from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The kakalabanda terrorize and steal from lower year students, particularly at night.
The Kalabanda piece uses a fusion of African movements, breakdance, house and other hip hop styles to explore this mythology through the eyes of some of Uganda’s boarding school students, alongside a fresh portrayal of the reality of boarding school education in Uganda, examining and criticizing its role in developing Uganda’s next generation of leaders, thinkers and artists.
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