FREE PUBLIC EVENT
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Performances at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Performance Works, Granville Island on the outdoor stage at Ron Basford Park. In case of rain the shows move indoors.
Indangamirwa Vancouver is a dance ensemble dedicated to the preservation, education and appreciation of traditional Rwandan music, dance and culture. Since its inception in 2015, ITDG has championed its mission through performances and creative partnership programs with communities and renowned artists.
For Indangamirwa Vancouver, traditional music and dance are not merely a means of entertainment, but rather a means to educate, communicate and preserve their ancestral background all while fostering togetherness.
Founding Members: Angelique Muhorakeye, Delphine Baragahoranye, Liliane Mbabazi. Dancers: Claire Mukabasinga, Nancy Kazumba
Guests Artists: Muco w’abarundi and Ezra Kwizera.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A versatile dancer, Angelique has been part of multiple dance groups performing traditional Rwandan dances, hip hop and afro fusion. During her time living in Kenya, she danced competitively and taught her culture to the host country. For Angelique, dance is a form of therapy that heals the mind, body and spirit.
Delphine started her dance journey with Hoza, a Rwandan traditional dance group based in Kenya, with whom she performed competitively and on nationally televised events. Fpt Delphine, traditional dance is a unique opportunity to tell her story and share her culture.
Lilian started dancing at a young age and has been actively dancing ever since. Before moving to BC, Lilian was a member of Utunyange, a Rwandan traditional dancing group based in Edmonton. For Liliane, dancing is a form of creative expression that connects her to her traditional roots and keeps her grounded in her everyday work.
Marie Claire Mukabasinga
Marie Claire was born in Rwanda and has lived the passion for her culture by being a member of different local cultural dance groups. Through her life journey, she lived in Nairobi-Kenya (East Africa), where she founded and was the lead singer and dancer of a dance group that continues to be active today — for Marie Claire, dancing and singing equal a joyful life.
Nancy Kazumba has been a dancer with Indangamirwa Traditional Dance Group since 2017. She joined the group because she wants to learn more about her culture, to express thoughts through my body, and preserve the culture.
Sybille Nsengiyumva started dancing at the age of eight; she trained in musical dance, hip hop, and zouk. She performed in Dancing with Many Voices (USA) where she shared her passion for creating movements that express ideas and stories. For Sybille Rwandan traditional dance means showing the beauty of Rwandese culture and welcoming others to join.
Burundian traditional dance group based in Surrey, with a mission of educating young women in Burundian culture.
Featured Artists: Gretta Iteriteka, Kelly Izere, Keilla Igiraneza
Ezra is an international artist, music producer and community leader. Ezra’s music style is richly multi‐cultural – a zesty yet soulful mix of Reggae, Soca, East African Bongo, and Pop. With linguistic agility, Ezra fluidly sings and raps in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili. Growing up as a refugee in Uganda before moving back to his home country Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, Ezra has a powerful motivation to support Rwandans through his music to rebuild their country. His music conveys the spark of an overcomer and the passion of a community leader with a vision to inspire change in his generation. He currently lives in BC, Canada.
New Works gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that this event takes place on the ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.