Lagos is set to play host to dancers and choreographers from Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kaduna, Bamako, Tunis, Maputo, Washington and Paris, in the debut edition of danceGATHERING |Lagos Contemporary Dance Festival. Put together by QDanceCenter – founded by one os Nigeria’s foremost dance export, Qudus Onikeku, – the project has received major backing by the National Theatre, Institut Français, Goethe Institut and has been adopted by the Lagos @50 committee under the chairmanship of Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The event is designed in two phases; a two weeks long dance lab (20 Feb – 5 March 2017), and a five days dance festival (1 – 5 March 2017) in various venues around Lagos.

Within the two weeks, participants will witness an outpour of dance performances under DANCING CITIES and the INTERNATIONAL DANCE PLATFORM. There’ll also be a dance and photography exhibition with the theme, MO|VE|MENTS, featuring 9 brilliant photographers from Lagos and Abuja. CROSSINGS – an exciting creative space where 16 top Nigerian and international artist(e)s are paired to share notes on their creative process and thought patterns before a live audience. And lastly, the MASTERCLASSES will offered by the best in the field of dance, for practicing and prospective dancers.

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Here’s a quick guide to the festival’s activities:

01 March

Opening Ceremony: 6pm – 10pm

Venue: AAF

  • Opening Party (by KONBINI)
  • Exhibition Opening
  • Invocation by Qudus Onikeku
  • Broken by Mama Angulu
  • QDANCE BAND

02 March

9am – 11am: Workshop 

  • Horacio Macuacua
  • CrownTroupe
  • Onye Ozuzu

Venue: Corporate Dance World (CDW)

12pm – 2pm: Crossings

  • Kaffy & Tosin Oshinowo
  • Victor Ehikhamenor & Icee Nweke

Venue: Bogobiri

3pm – 5pm: Dancing Citites

  • Chibuzor Okafor (Cos Sia “Amen”)
  • Illuminate Theatre (IN)
  • Seifeddine Manai (M.A.K.T.O.U.B.)

Venue: Iwaya

6pm – 10pm: QDANCE Session

  • Live Music
  • DJ Starfaze
  • Improvisation
  • Cocktail

Venue: Rooftop

03 March

9am – 11am: Workshop

  • Horacio Macuacua
  • CrownTroupe
  • Onye Ozuzu

Venue: Corporate Dance World (CDW)

12pm – 2pm: Crossings

  • Ijodee & Efe Paul
  • Horacio Macuacua & Jumoke Sanwo

Venue: Revolving Art Incubator

3pm – 5pm: Dancing Cities

  • F.U.D. Gang (Untitled)
  • Tosin/Esther/Abiodun (iStand)
  • Busayo/Simi/Jere (Project)

Venue: Ajileye Field, Bariga

6pm – 10pm: Dancers’ Hangout

  • DJ Markiss & Duro Ikujenyo
  • Icee Nweke & Ukalina (Qui)
  • Sunday Ozegbe (Ijo Agba)

Venue: Bogobiri

04 March

9am – 11am: Workshop

  • Bakare Ojo Rasaki
  • CrownTroupe
  • Seifeddine Manai

Venue: Corporate Dance World (CDW)

12pm – 2pm: Crossings

  • Seifeddine Manai & Makinde Adeniran
  • Qudus Onikeku & Titilope Sonuga

Venue: Omenka Gallery

3pm – 5pm: Dancing Cities

  • Onye Ozuzu (Her Words Maquerade as Me)
  • Wisdom Ojue (Fight)
  • Sani Imonikhe (The Genesis)
  • Michael Ejikeonye (Voices)
  • Onye Ozuzu’s Students

Venue: Revolving Art Gallery & Silverbird Galleria

6pm – 10pm: Int. Dance Platform 

  • Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria)
  • Fatoumata Bagayoko (Mali)
  • Horacio Macaucau (Mozambique)
  • Q&A curated by Jahman Anikulapo

Venue: National Theatre

05 March

9am – 11am: Workshop

  • Bakare Ojo Rasaki
  • CrownTroupe
  • Seifeddine Manai

Venue: Corporate Dance World (CDW)

2pm – 4pm: Crossings

  • Onye Ozuzu & Ifeoma Fafunwa
  • Keziah Jones & Segun Adefila

Venue: Jazzhole

4pm – 6pm: Closing Cocktail for VIP guests

Venue: National Theatre

6pm – 10pm: Closing Night

  • Qudus Onikeku & Makinde Adeniran (The Gathering)
  • Isioma Williams

Venue: National Theatre

 

Top featured image courtesy Logo Olumuyiwa