I am who I am because I am an artist after all. I'm not a museum. I'm not putting artifacts (on stage), I have to create.
—Casimiro Nhussi, artistic director of NAfro Dance
"When you're celebrating 10 years you gotta throw a party," says Casimiro Nhussi, artistic director of NAfro Dance Productions.
And he's pulling out all the stops with a three day festival that includes dance groups from all over Winnipeg and some imports from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and New York.
Theatre Flamenco's Claire Marchand will perform as part of the "Moving Inspirations Dance Festival" (Steve Salnikowski)
Claire Marchand is a local flamenco dancer and she's thrilled to be performing in the Moving Inspirations Dance Festival. "It's fantastic that NAfro has been here for 10 years." she says. "And with an art form that Casimiro kind of had to grow here. He had to foster that and figure out a way to make that work in a place that it's not from.
"It's huge," she says. "The amount of work that's gone into this company and the vision and the passion and the drive that Casimiro Nhussi and the company have shown is really inspiring."
Nhussi grew up in a village in Mozambique where he learned traditional African dance. He later studied dance and became a choreographer. "My style of dance is African contemporary," he explains. "I am who I am because I am an artist after all. I'm not a museum. I'm not putting artifacts (on stage), I have to create, I create my own dance. When I create there is that African style within that contemporary world."
Some local dance companies participating include Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers
, Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Aspirants
, Gearshifting Performance Works
, Drive Dance
and Young Lungs Dance Exchange
. Bands include Papa Mambo
, Mariachi Ghost
and Nafro Band.Moving Inspirations Dance Festival runs November 1 - 3 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. In addition to evening performances, the festival also includes daytime master classes, workshops and demonstrations.