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Two Contemporary Dance Solos African Tour by Institut Français Paris

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After the successful « Dancing Cities » (a contemporary dance open-air audition followed by a workshop) and « We Almost Forgot » (the latest dance production of choreographer Qudus Onikeku) held in June in Abuja, followed by the « Urban dances tour around the world » in Lagos and Enugu, the Institut français du Nigeria continues to provide the Nigerian public with a unique opportunity to experience contemporary dance. 

On Saturday 19th November 2016 at 7pm, the Institut français du Nigeria will showcase a new contemporary dance performance in its courtyard. 

The performance combines two dance solos by Oumaïma Manai and Seifeddine Manai. Oumaïma and Seifeddine come from Tunisia, where they have been dancing from a very young age. Both of them studied and took part in residencies in France where they had the opportunity to develop their capacities and perform in the best theatres and dance schools. 

Oumaïma Manai 

Oumaïma’s work focuses on feminity, feminism but also religious symbolism. Her first solo created in 2008, Sensuelle si je veux (Sensual if I want to), explores the relationship between feminity, sensuality and socio-cultural traditions. Her latest solo NITT 100Limites which will be performed in Abuja, was created during a residency at Institut français Dakar, followed by another one at Institut français Bamako.

Seifeddine Manai 

Seifeddine Manaï is a dancer and choreographer trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de danse contemporaine in Angers, France. Throughout his carrier he had the opportunity to perform for cinema and build projects to create links between dance and video. In 2011 he founded the dance company Brotha from another Motha in Tunisia, which work focuses on urban culture. 

During their stay in Abuja, both dancers will have the opportunity to meet with local dancers, choreographers and dance professionals and to give a dance workshop in partnership with the Krump Dance Studios and Tru Dance Art. A good occasion to exchange on the situation of contemporary dance in different African countries. 

The show is part of the regular African tours organized by the Institut français Paris. After performing in Abuja, both dancers will continue their artistic trip in Madagascar, Brukina-Faso, Burundi, etc. 

The show will be followed by a cocktail where the audience will be able to meet the dancers. 

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