Circus Zambia, Ingoma Nshya Partnership
We have had the pleasure of building new relationships with two incredible companies from different regions of Africa. Circus Zambia, led by their Artistic Director Gift Chansa, and Ingoma Nshya, a drumming group from Rwanda led by Odile Gakire Katese.
Circus Zambia are a youthful and vibrant social circus company that equips young people from vulnerable backgrounds in and around the township of Lusaka with circus and life skills, while providing educational and employment opportunities.
Ingoma Nshya is the first ever female drumming group in Rwanda. Their work pairs the development of the Rwandan woman they work with to the development of the traditional drumming culture, while striving to correct the persisting gender imbalance.
We first met while attending ISPA Congress in New York with the British Council. Although all three companies work in different ways, we have been overwhelmed with the passion, ingenuity and talent of both Circus Zambia and Ingoma Nshya.
Since then, and with the support of the Moondance Foundation, we have arranged a residency to bring Circus Zambia’s touring company and Odile Gakire Katese to our training space in Cardiff for a skills exchange residency.
Through the residency, we all hope to be able to share learning around circus curriculum development, exchange ideas on challenging gender imbalance, and engage with different styles of working.