NAfro Dance (Rod Braun)
NAfro Dance moves to the beat of the drum. Or in this case, 64 drums. Those playing the djembes, or Africa hand drums, and singing along, will be members of the audience. "I call it the sweaty show. As part of the audience, you have to be prepared to jump in and do some moving. We just let it go. We have a good time." says Casimiro Nhussi, artistic director of NAfro Dance Productions.
That's just one of the special features cooked up by Nhussi. The production is called Patana III. Patana means union, which in this case refers to his collaboration with Charmaine Headley, choreographer of COBA in Toronto.
The seven dancers and nine musicians will present three works, including the premiere of Nhussi's There is room for one more dance, the solo dance Xilongo and Headley's new piece, Portage.
Nhussi draws from the spirit of traditional African culture that was a part of his life growing up in Mozambique but turns it into a form that is completely original, contemporary and visceral.
He started NAfro Dance in 2002 and it is the only contemporary African dance troupe in Western Canada. Nhussi is thrilled to bring his brand of dance and music to a Winnipeg audience. "Dance is emotion. Dance is something for the well being of humankind. There is room for peace; there is room for happiness."
Watch Casimiro Knussi share the magic of African dance: