“Arts are a unifying aspect of any society and thus promote peace.” That was Soukaina’s text to me on the International Day of Peace. A week earlier we had yet another exciting conversation as she said Covid19 pushed us to think of how we operate.
We have over accepted the term new normal (referring to usages of ICT’s and mobile applications). Everybody needs to cooperate through keeping a social distance, eating well, exercise well, staying in well ventilated spaces. Covid 19 has restricted people from interacting physically and in particular her dance lessons.
As such exam preparations for the final year students have been mostly online through one minute video posts from students and highly monitored slow motion sessions which do not involve contact and extensive usages of energy. Said Ms. Marie-Laure Edom.
The name of the Trust is derived from the combination Africa and Karukera. The latter meaning “Island with beautiful waters” the original name of Guadeloupe (FWI), The home of origins Director AfriKera Arts Trust.
Just as Guadeloupe is consistent with the presentation of its beaches, AfriKera Arts Trust wants to be a consistent fixture in the local, regional & international arts scene. AfriKera Arts Trust aims to work towards the recruitment and formation of local talents into world-class dancers.
With a concrete vision in place, AfriKera Arts Trust thrives to be a long term contributor to the Zimbabwean and global dance scene and performing art scene. She reiterated an Afrikera’s web cast.
AfriKera Arts Trust (AAT) was founded in 2014 and started its activities as an independent performing Arts institution in January 2015.
The institution operates from, the 2nd Floor of the Meikles Building, 91 Robert Mugabe Road, Harare, which we refer to as AfriKera Dance Theatre Hub (ADTH). Our vision is to become a centre of excellence in dance training in Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond.
Afrikera promotes dance and performing arts through various programmes, namely: The AfriKera Professional Dance Training (APDT) , AfriKera Dance Theatre (ADT) ,Essence of Women Dance Ensemble and the AfriKera Collective.
Dance followers should brace themselves for new productions to be launched on the 29th and the 30th of September 2020 namely The Arts Gathering (TAG), Mavambo; a collaborative production amongst Afrikera Arts Trust, Music Crossroads Academy and the Zimbabwe Theater Academy.
Pics: Marie-Laure Edom aka Soukaina (pictured above) Director of the Afrikera Arts Trust
STORY BY TENDAI A. SAUTA 0772761139 (25-09-2020)