noun: anima; plural noun: animas
1. (in Jungian psychology) the feminine part of a man's personality.
2. the part of the psyche which is directed inwards, in touch with the subconscious.
"persona and anima switch roles and merge in slow, smooth ways"
In anima, Namibia’s first full length African ballet, we are going to explore and expose the raw and hidden part of ourselves and bare all in a revolutionary choreography, the likes of which Windhoek has not seen before. Our personas and animas will be engaged in a battle of dialectics, subconscious duality and the shifting of power.
This is a groundbreaking project for FRDT because it allows us to push our creative boundaries into a new dimension. In this dimension we will explore movement, sound, music, voice, photography, costume and film to create the first original Namibian ballet. This project will be the culmination of creative partnerships with some of Namibia’s most experienced, exciting and avant garde artistes. We will create a gesammtkunstwerk or ‘total artwork’ which will evolve into a work that can be entered for arts festivals both local and international as well as becoming a lecture demonstration to be taken around Namibian schools.
Our product will be a full length African ballet performed by professional Namibian dancers and FRDT trainees over three days. There will be 7 performances including a public dress rehearsal.
When the final performance has ended anima will begin the next stage of its evolution. anima is a concept made up of several moving parts and other than the performance, the products will include a photographic exhibition by Willem Vrey, a dance film made by Lila Swannepoel, designs made by Taati Sibolile and the soundscape created by Steffen List. All of these parts will come together to create anima as a whole but each entity will also be able to be removed from the whole as a stand-alone creative work. All these elements will then be able to be independently used and sent to festivals and competitions around the world.
anima will then also have the ability to contract and expand as needed. FRDT have already applied to several arts festivals around Africa and if chosen, the show could be simplified to three dancers, the soundscape and the film.
In its simplified version anima will also be the perfect tool to take around local schools as a lecture demonstration and roadshow.
Our aim is to create a work that will live on beyond its performance. We are aiming for longevity, continuity and evolution. This work will clearly demonstrate and affirm the power of dance as an important discipline and art form that deserves recognition and support by all institutions and the general public.
· To stage a full length site specific production over three days with two performances per evening
· To build a lasting dance product
· To give exposure to the FRDT trainees in:
1. Gaining experience of performing in a professional dance production
2. Introducing them to Namibian audiences and vice versa
3. Feeding into their professional development and training
· To bring dance to Namibian audiences by taking it out of its traditional setting and making it more accessible – we want to build an arts environment that is more attuned to the different exposures and lifestyles of the local population and which appeals to all Namibians regardless of socio-economic status. We want everyone to be able to enjoy high-quality professional dance art.