By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) dance troupe was mesmerising, as they delivered a stellar performance last Thursday at the Goethe-Institut.
The contemporary dancers wowed the audience, who attended the premiere of the theatre dance show, titled Thiasus, a piece inspired by mythical figure Dionysus and his followers, who travelled in processions and recruited newcomers to join in their celebrations.
The dance troupe collaborated with international interns from the United Kingdom, the United States, Netherlands, Norway and Germany.
The OYO also presented another piece, titled Concrete Angel, which is a power ballad with the main theme of child abuse, which includes the context of bullying.
The Namibian dance troupe welcomes young dancers from all over the world every year, to work with it. “The rationale behind the piece (Thiasus) is the escalating problem that alcohol abuse poses in Namibia. We all talk about alcohol. We all complain about the huge number of shebeens in various communities,” said Philippe Talavera, the founder and director of the OYO.
“We even complain that shebeens are opened closer and closer to schools, yet nothing is done,” he said.
Recognised around the world, the OYO uses an art form not so common on the local scene, to inform, educate and raise awareness of Namibia’s social problems, while communicating with a diverse audience.
Thiasus will become part of the OYO’s repertoire, as the piece will be used to create awareness in schools and communities around the country.
“The OYO uses physical theatre, which is the telling of a story through movement, and without words. Contemporary dance is often perceived as abstract. Physical theatre is not abstract. It really builds from storytelling,” added Talavera.
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