Learn – Share -Perform – Join the OYO dance troupe exciting 2022 Summer Intensive program.

Where: Windhoek, Namibia, Africa

When: 18 July – 12 August 2022

Deadline for applications: Early bid 10 March 2022, late bid 15 June 2022

The OYO dance troupe, created in 2009, is the first, and currently only, dance troupe in Namibia employing young dancers as performers. Our troupe comprises 10 dancers and two understudies.

We are seeking a maximum of six outstanding, self-motivated and energetic students or graduates with a desire to experience dance in a development context and work with members of the OYO Dance Troupe to create a piece to reach students and members of the public.

The piece will directly tackle a social issue that is pertinent to the moment and community. We are looking for talented individuals who have the skills to work creatively and to a tight deadline, who are vibrant, reliable performers

On this dance experience with OYO, there will be three weeks of full-day rehearsals in Windhoek to exchange skills and create the new piece, immediately followed by performances.

The show venues may be schools, with indoor or outdoor spaces, and/or community venues. There will be no sprung floors and sometimes surfaces will be concrete and/or dusty. Performances may be followed by facilitated discussions to maximise the opportunity for behaviour change.

Rehearsals will be led by OYO’s founding Artistic Director, Philippe Talavera. The visiting artists will be invited to facilitate classes and will contribute to the creative process. OYO uses mostly physical theatre techniques, with influences dependent upon the expertise of the visiting artists (i.e. you and the Namibian dancers).

The program is an intense immersion in OYO’s world. Rehearsals run Monday to Friday from 8h00 to 17h00.

It is also a program to learn about Namibia. Interns and dancers can learn from one another. Interns are encouraged to arrive on Saturday 16 July. On Sunday 17 July, a braai (local barbecue) is organized to introduce everybody and start the internship with a party.

A three-day break is planned on 29-31 July. The interns with some of OYO’s staff and dancers will experience one of Namibia’s greatest attractions: a visit to our national park so see our elephants, giraffes and other wildlife.

You will be accommodated on a farm – it’s an exciting backpacker close to Windhoek where you can enjoy quietness, walks, nature. Breakfasts and dinners taken at the farm are covered in the cost of the internship.

The cost includes your accommodation, breakfast and most diner in Windhoek, airport transfer and your in-country travel for OYO including the welcoming braai and weekend at the national park. It excludes the flight to Namibia, lunches and personal expenses.

To apply, please send us your CV and your statement of interest, explaining why you’d like to spend four weeks with OYO. Include what you think you could offer to the OYO Dance Troupe in terms of your dance skills, experience and interest.

Please confirm in your letter that you are able to cover all the costs indicated above, or explain how you will seek to secure the funding. Email your CV and motivation letter to info@ombetja.org with a copy to philippe@ombetja.org.

Pre-selected candidates will then be invited to a zoom or whatsapp interview. Successful candidates will be informed within two weeks of the interview. Applications open on 01 December 2021.

Costs for participants: Early bid: on or before 10 March 2022: £1,500 (or Euro 1,780 or US$ 2,000) , which includes your accommodation, breakfast and most diner in Windhoek, airport transfer and your in-country travel for OYO including the welcoming braai and weekend at the national park. (NB This rate is possible at the current exchange rate, therefore early applications are encouraged.) • Late bid: after 10 March 2022: £1,750 (or Euro 2,080 or US$ 2,350). Note that cost excludes your flight ticket

Contact details: Philippe@ombetja.org
+264 81 251 2323

For further information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/OYOtrust

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