Choreography, set, interpretation

Faustin Linyekula, Opiyo Okach, Afrah Tenambergen

Saïda Tenambergen, Monica Mwangi

"Duond Nyatiti", Joseph Nyamungu & Faustin Linyekula
Original misic recorded by Gabriel Omondi, Solid Rock Studio, Nairobi
"Cercarsi", Dargo Raimondi "Officium", Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble

Coproduction :
La Compagnie Gàara, Maison Française de Nairobi


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Cleansing is the first production by La Compagnie Gàara, premiered at the French Cultural Centre, Nairobi, in May 1997.

It is a choreographic enquiry on images of cleaning. One way or another the idea of cleaning pervaded every conceivable aspect of our existence. From mundane domestic chore and polite social etiquette to hideous political monstruosity or ritual of social rebirth, the concept of cleaning reccurs in the infintely ephemeral masque.

This work is a quest for a naked truth, constantly crossing the boundaries between dance, theatre and ritual. Cleansing von the third prize of the Festival of African Comtemporary Choreography in Luanda in April 1998.

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Cleansing is a choreographic collaboration created by the three performers of the company. It is in the quest for artistic authenticity within the new realms of its dual heritage afro-occidental that La Compagnie Gàara is propelled.The company is made up of an eclectic trio of highly individualistic performers with diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds:

Afrah Tenambergen

Of German-Ethiopian origin, trained in classical ballet since she was six.

Faustin Linyekula,
O f Congolese origin, "just an actor who understands the body", he says, trained at the Atelier Theatral du Centre in Kisangani.

Opiyo Okach
Better known as Kenya's only professional mime, trained in London at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre.


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