Wajo deepens love for dance with documentary
Since its last year’s premiere, For the Love of Dance, a Wajo documentary on growth and progress of dance industry in Nigeria, has continued to attract attention and stimulate discourse aimed at repositioning the industry.
Created by Enhance 360 and directed by Seun Adeleye, the piece is acollection of commentaries about origin of the dance industry, its growth over the past 20 years, its challenges and practical solutions for the benefit of the coming generations.
The 59-minute documentary, which explores different perspectives on dance in Nigeria these past 20 years, is seen through the eyes of leading professionals in the Nigerian dance scene such as Sir Peter Badejo, Mr. Adedayo Liadi, Kaffy, and Mrs. Sarah Boulos, who is the chairperson, Society for Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN).
The programmes manager of Wajo, Mr. Wale Johnson, noted that with projects like this, the dance scene would become more sustainable, as the group intends to push dance materials to bigger platforms at both national and international, where dance will compete equally with other art forms.
He added: “We moved to creating an online conversation on Instagram called dance notes where we engaged several top industry players and discussed about the effects of COVID-19 and sustainability during the lockdown, we also invited professionals from diverse fields to shed light on key issues that affect dance businesses, issues like insurance, branding, intellectual property, health to mention a few” Renowned Nigerian dancer, Qudus Onikeku, also spoke about the importance of the Nigerian culture in the creative space, the need for dance practitioners to see themselves as ambassadors wherever they go.”
As online dance trends continue to grow and social media continues to use dance, professional dancers were warned to be careful on the use of social media and how best to take advantage of it to better their art. Dr. Felix Omeruwa and Dr. Steve James spoke passionately about the need for members of the guild and all dance practitioners to embrace unity.
Wajo started in April 2013 as a monthly dance event at the amphi-theatre of the iconic Freedom Park Lagos.
where people have gathered for what has been described by many as ‘Simply amazing.’