Namibia Meets Leeds

by antonydunn on June 26, 2014

OYO NamibiaNamibian and Yorkshire cultures combine as dance troupe OYO visits Leeds

Mon 30 – Sat 5 July, Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance is delighted to announce that Namibian trust Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) will be visiting Leeds in July to take part in a cultural exchange with dance students and graduates from Leeds, culminating in the creation of a new dance work, which will be performed at Yorkshire Dance and at Scott Hall Road Spectator Hub as part of Le Grand Depart.

OYO was founded in 2002 by Philippe Talavera with the aim of decreasing the impact of HIV/AIDS through the use of dance and other creative arts. Working with Talavera and FuzzyLogic’s Zoie Golding over a week of workshops, OYO and local dancers will create a piece related to social issues, which will help to highlight the differences and similarities in the problems faced by British and Namibian young people.

The piece will first be performed on Friday 4 July as part of Friday Firsts #25: Unusual Connections, alongside a piece from OYO’s repertoire, which will build on the presence of the troupe with an evening of works demonstrating what happens when dance meets new contexts. The work will also be performed as part of Leeds’ celebration of Le Grand Depart on Saturday 5 July.

Friday Firsts #25: Unusual Connections
Fri 4 Jul, 7.30pm
Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH
Box Office 0113 243 8765
Book securely online
Tickets £5.00

OYO at Le Grand Depart Spectator Hub
Sat 5 Jul
Scott Hall Playing Fields, Scott Hall Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

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