UNGANISHA: Explore. Connect. Dance

Sunday 27 February 2022

Promoting intercultural understanding by demystifying threads of African traditions that are woven into more familiar, modern dance style.


On February 26, 2022, we are thrilled to be spotlighting some of the best dancers and choreographers that the city of Calgary has to offer with our virtual UNGANISHA: Explore. Connect. Dance. theatre production for 2022! UNGANISHA is the Swahili word for “connection,” and this year’s collection of performances will display the greatest of all human connections: love.

Through movement, storytelling and historical contexts we will journey through Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Samba, Capoeira, Step, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, and Salsa to celebrate their genesis, their contemporary popularity, and their ability to connect people across cultures and continents. UNGANISHA identifies each style as owing to African traditions while distinctly belonging to modern popular culture to focus on the creative possibilities that emerge when different peoples, cultures, and artistic traditions intermingle.

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