EANT’s Journey in fronting Contemporary Dance
With it being the leading annual festival dedicated to contemporary dance, the East African Nights of Tolerance Dance Festival (EANT)’ s recent return this year left quite a mark through it’s contemplative pieces, that held distinctive remarks.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in financial management from the National University of Rwanda (NUR), he further holds a B.A. in Dance in Traditional and Contemporary African Style from Ecole de Sables, Wesley Ruzibiza is the festival’s founder, who has since 2000 has been into this Art form. He shares more about the EANT;
Qn: What Inspired the EANT?
A; It is still there. I wanted the East African region to have a platform where they can express themselves using the East African Dance. It is still pushing me daily, to be like even in the next future it can spark ideas and platforms, just like it has done so till today. We are still going with it.
Qn; With it being a complex, and abstract, Isn’tit more conceived as a foreign Art form?
A: It isn’t a foreign Art form, and isn’t for the whites or intellectual people as society perceives it. What makes it accessible and relatable is when you inspire it from your story. When you present it complicated, it turns out so to the audience, but when you use theater, root or traditional dance, then it is open for everybody. I know that in East Africa we are going into the roots, then inspiring our Art from that.
Qn; What are some of the Challenge?
A; Funding; you have to find people willing to invest in this Art; from paying Artists to staging events. We don’t have space, or a theatre dedicated to such forms of performances, so we still struggle to find space. We need a public platform, which will enable us stage regular shows, like how it is with our chirography Nights, which we believe will easily sensitize and attract audiences in the future.
Qn; How often have you carried on trainings and workshops, and how has been it been?
A: They are held annually. This year we kind been consistent; we’ve had several workshops with dance companies from Norway, the East African region, DRC and elsewhere. We held a workshop in February, then April, July, August, September and we also had another Choreographic Night in October too, with several partner companies.