Kasalina is a choreographer, dancer & writer. Born Catherine Nakawesa, she was raised in Uganda and on attaining a degree in Electrical Engineering at Makerere University Kampala, 2005, Kasalina chose to pursue her passion for dance. She has since honed her art at various institutions including L’Ecole Des Sables Senegal, University of Cape Town and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. An award-winning artist, she continues to perform at International festivals and to create dance works for both solo and group projects.
“These bursts of rigorous training in classical, traditional and contemporary dance techniques around the world stretched my movement vocabulary and set my imagination on fire!” Kasalina
An eccentric choreographer, Kasalina’s works have been staged at Arts festivals in Kampala, Volksroom Brussels, Tunis Capitale de la Danse festival, Afrique Urban Arts festival de Danse Contemporaine, Abidjan and Bayreuth Literature Festival 2017 among others. She has collaborated & performed with artists from South Africa, Belgium, Greece, South Korea and Munich in dance productions on diverse themes.
“The only thing more exhilarating than dancing my heart out is, taking a grain of an idea, transforming it into a literally moving work of art and taking some great people along with me.” Kasalina
A DanceWeb 2013 scholar and laureate of the prestigious Africa Centre AIR Award 2016, her latest project, Made in Shenzhen is a collaborative production with a Maker, a Body Painter and Musicians in Shenzhen, China, supported by the Africa Centre and Handshake302.
Kasalina’s dance works are a hybrid of global exposure, a rich African heritage, the influence of legendary artists she’s met along the way and a ravening desire to make something different.