On being awarded the prestigious Africa Centre AIR award 2016, Kasalina embarked on an artistic exploration of Shenzhen China, hosted by Handshake 302, July 2017. The residency culminated in an intriguing reality stage-show, in which Kasalina transformed her impressions of the mega-city into dance, poetry and live creation with stage & lighting designer, Rachel Hu. Kasalina had the privilege of collaborating with artists, makers and everyday city dwellers who are anything but ordinary.
They sang, “the first cut is the deepest.”
But what if there’s a new one every day?
Shenzhen shows me a new side of his face.
I am lost and found in her maze.
Made in Shenzhen is created by Kasalina and performed with Rachel Hu
Live Music by Uncle Dai
Set design & Costume concept by Meowaski Studios, Rachel Hu
Body Art by Nadine, aka Akuine E.
Translation by Nancy Wong
Original Soundtrack by Marco Flagg
IF I HAD WINGS
If I had wings is a fantasy about living sans limitations, in the context of the global migration crisis. A dance & poetry production, showcased at BIGSAS – Bayreuth Literature Fest, June 2017, Bayreuth Germany.
We stand face to face
With the Source
Of our existence
From which all of life springs
That flows through man, beast
And the elements
We have our being
Performed by: CLAY Dance Company
Costume: Kas Wear
Video: Sm5th (Smith) Productions
Performed at the closing night of Dance Week Kampala Festival, April 2017, In Him is a dance+spoken word+multimedia production by Clay Dance Company. Kasalina is one of the co-founders of the company, which mentors young people through dance. The concept was inspired during her trip to Mount Masada, Israel.
A groan that cannot be expressed with words, RaarH! is a study of conflict within oneself. Choreographed by Kasalina and performed by top Ugandan dancers Robert Ssempijja & Brovin Kato; accompanied by live musician, Edrine Matovu. Original Soundtrack by Faizal Mostrixx.
The piece, marked with raw energy and passion premiered at Dance Revolution East Africa’s, Contemporary Night at Alliance Francais Kampala on 26 August 2016 and featured at Bayimba International Arts Festival, Sept 2016.
Virtue is a dance production that tells the stories of 7 women, celebrates their strength, beauty, challenges and asks questions about identity.
Choreographed by Kasalina, Produced by Autumn Studios and Performed by Beautiful Feet, a collective of Ugandan female dancers.
A panorama of today’s woman, Virtue premiered at Sheraton Hotel Kampala, July 2013, as a dynamic fusion of dance, poetry, live music and public dialogue.
Collaborators: Costume by Kas Wear; Lights & Sound by Fenon records; Live Music by Qwela & Nyara the Emigrant; Soundtrack by Kawesa; Guest Performer: Sophie Aniku; Dialogue was moderated by Seanice Kacungira. Sponsors: Smile Telecom & Coca Cola.