Regardless of race, gender, religion and mans’ conflict with man, God has created us the same and we speak one language more than we think or know. This is the focus two plays One Language and Dance of the Rivers, both written by Jude Uduenyi, which will premiere in Lagos this weekend.
Produced by International Festival of Contemporary Dance (IFCOD), a subsidiary of Mona Dance School, One Language and Dance of the Rivers premiere on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of October, 2017, respectively, at the Balmoral Convention Center, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Convener of IFCOD, Inyeinengi-Etomi, said the performances are part of the activities IFCOD, which, she said, is a platform set up to sustain the performing arts by developing a hub where resources from, youths, theatre performing arts students practitioners, arts sponsors, investors, and other creative enthusiasts are harmonised
“One Language, directed by Segun Adefila, is a musical uniting all continents and peoples of the world. Dance of the Rivers, directed by Dan Kpodoh, is a total theatre piece – dance, music and drama. This production makes you one with the culture of our birth. If you have forgotten, you will remember, if you remember, you will be proud of being a Nigerian. Join us as we embark on a journey with Sokari as he tries to find his way back home following the River Niger to meet his people. Learn the culture, history, dance, crafts, problems, riches and life that flows through the River in his blood and ours as well,” she said.
According to her, IFCOD is committed to building effective collaboration and partnerships with individuals, organizations, agencies and stakeholders in order to achieve shared goals. “Top of her goal is to create career path for the Nigerian youth and network opportunities for effective training in the performing arts.
“It is said ‘It takes a village to raise a child but it takes a community to build a career’. IFCOD provides that community platform of offering mentorship, networking and skill building opportunities delivering excellence for everyone engaged in the Arts. We provide a unique and valuable melting pot where professional theatre and upcoming artists, students, and community youths all with divergent artistic Flavours meet, interact, play, and debate.”