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PATHS – Walk all over me…2012

PATHS is a multimedia contemporary dance and film project realized in collaboration with Vibeke Muasya, a Danish film maker.

Dancers: Alice Kamene, Alacoque Ntome, Nicholas Ouma, Ondiege Matthew, Rofus Mwakirungu, Apopa Oteke and Katrine Norlen Music: Mitchell Ongaro. Choreography and Direction : Vibeke Muasya and Ondiege Matthew

URAIBU: 2011

Uraibu is an outreach choreographic activity that was achieved after a series of workshops with one of the mix ability partner groups and community members in Shauri Moyo, Eastlands area of Nairobi. It is a behaviour and attitude change project that addresses the subject of disability and the plight of HIV AIDS.

Imani Disabled group partnered with DIS and were supported by the National Aids Control Council. The community exercise is a component of dance in education and development at Dance Into Space where the choreography developed by the company is being used as a tool for advocacy.

MARATHON: 2010-2011

The Marathon choreography explores Kenya’s ethnic diversities through music and movement. It features dancers with disability and dancers without disability and extends through performance the discourse going on in the country following the post election events of the 2007-2008.
Dancers : Alacoque Ntome, Nicholas Ouma, Judy Wanjau, Jacob Pessah, Gurston Opar, and Novalin Akoth Sound track : Willie of Ketebul Productions.
Costumes : Malaki.

MONODIAMASSLOG: 2006

Monodiamasslog started as a 9 months dance workshop in 2005-2006 that culminated into a creation with 18 young dancers. Set to music from an array of authentic Kenyan string, wind and drum instruments, the choreography premiered at the Kenya National Theatre in 2006 and thereafter embarked on a local tour of institutions of higher learning and market centres. Dancers : Alphonce Isai, Paul Kamau, Alacoque Ntome, Stella Wanda, Adam Chienjo, Paul Ekuruh, Grace Njoki, Tabulei Olumbe, Jared Onyango. Music : Nyamungu, Owoko and Okumu. Choreography by Ondiege Matthew Costumes : House of Bezalel. Sound/Lights : Richard Mwendwa.

CROSSROADS: 2002-2004  - A Solo by Ondiege Matthew.

Developed and presented during his stay in Germany as a guest with the Bremertanz Theatre in Bremen 2002.

HUNTER AND DEADMAN:  2002-2003

A choreography about a hunting expedition that is full of comical errors.Dancers : Abubakar Mwenda, Jeff Shigoli, David Wasambla, Jared Onyango Choreography :  Ondiege Matthew

PISHA POKEA: 2000-2001

‘ I am less interested in how people move than in what moves them’ Ondiege MatthewPisha pokea is a Swahili phrase that translates to “pass over”. It also artistically refers to being able to excuse, accepting, to take chance, too open up and to give away or let go. A creative dance performance that invites the participation of spectators. In this choreography Ondiege Matthew, illustrates not only how people move but more importantly what makes them move. Dancers : Kebaya Muturi, Maina Kariuki, Otieno Wakaki, Rebbecca Wangui, Juliet Omollo, Leila Masiga, Mani Asumani, Neema Bagamuhunda Musicians : Joseph Nyamungu, Bruno Mbaruku, Gerald Gachanja, Michael Katana, Yamakita Norihiko.

AKOKHAN: 1998

A choreography adapted from the Late Frank Odoi’s cartoon strip based on the story of Akokhan and Tonkazan. Dancers : Agatha Wangui, Neema Bagamuhunda, Ondiege Matthew, Alfred Kagwe Music : Bruno Mbaruku- drum and balafon Choreography : Ondiege Matthew

FREEDOM OF MY SOUL: 1998

Freedom of My Soul trio premiered at the French Cultural and Cooperation Centre in May 1998. “Freedom” is a movement that explores man’s desire for liberation. It is an artistic piece that defines freedom at both the individual and societal levels. The entire action takes place in “jail”, where the three dancers are confined. Their only way out is to dance their souls out. Dancers : Neema Bagamuhunda , Agatha Wangui and Ondiege Matthew Music : Nyatiti by Joseph Nyamungu and Drums by Gordon Atito Choreography :  Ondiege Matthew

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Makwata – with Makueni artistes