Bound Together (Rwanda)
Performed by: Simon Rwema, Arthur Nkunsi, Wendy Nabukera, Grace Uwimbabazi, Amina Umuhoza, Lea Ndererimana, Beaute Mushashi, Andy Kayigi, Alex Heskey, Yves Kijyana, Robert Nizeyimana, Fiona Mutoni, Lilian Irakunda, Liza Umulisa, Jasmine Kibatega, Abdul Mujyambere
Choreographer: Brian Geza
In a world full of uproar, greed, hostilities and yet affection, hope and love, BOUND TOGETHERamplifies the silenced voices of humanity. In a collage of art-forms, artists from several countries on one stage, together expressing the spirit of UBUMUNTU!
Brian Geza founded and serves as Artistic Director of “Zvishamiso Arts” in Zimbabwe. “Zvishamiso,” a Shona word meaning awe, wonder, splendor or something spectacular, also reflects Brian’s commitment to developing the fields of dance, music and theatre for young people, not only in Zimbabwe, but also across the globe.
Nonetheless, as a Zimbabwean professional, his unique and personally developed method and approach to performing arts is quintessentially African. Brian’s educational background and experience include a 2014 selection as one of 30 Zimbabwean youth leaders chosen to participate in the Washington Fellowship (now called the Mandela Washington Fellowship). The recognition is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI; https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellowship/).
Brian also danced with the Tumbuka Dance Company, and was winner of the 2014 NAMA outstanding choreographer award. He also traveled as an artist to Rwanda, Nigeria, the DRC, UK, Germany and South Africa. A graduate of the Afrikera professional dance program, Oslo Academy of the Arts and Tulane University in New Orleans, USA, Brian was commissioned to choreograph the official opening of the 2013 U.N. World Tourism Organization’s 20th General Assembly, held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Brian’s former students have gone on to work with organizations such as Chipawo, Africaid, the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe, Jibilika Dance Trust and Wifoz. Alumni from his programs are now based as far away from Zimbabwe as Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa.