It’s now been two years since I’ve received the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship grant to travel to New York and later Kigali to learn from and work with the fantastic outreach organisation, Mindleaps, run by Rebecca Davis.
This afforded me the opportunity to travel to Kigali, Rwanda as a volunteer working with their students and as a result of this I created a new choreography alongside two Mindleaps team members and performed my own solo at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali.
The experience was of immense importance to myself as a person, and an artist; it gave me the confirmation that I can be somebody of purpose, possessing the power to inspire and work towards enabling positive change.
I started the Moving Assembly Project two years ago and have learned so much in that time. MAP is an outreach project that aims to inspire and nurture youth living in deprived or disadvantaged circumstances. This year the project will return to South Africa to create a new work with young, untrained students as well as with professional artists. We will collaborate with the Nelson Mandela University to create a new work for performance at the National Arts Festival and if our funding applications are successful we will take this work to Kigali for performance at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival. I sincerely hope this will transpire as it will afford us the opportunity to re-connect with the fantastic team and students at the Mindleaps centre and to re-connect with those Rwandan artists that I connected with two years before.
I would like to sincerely thank the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship team for enabling my journey two years ago and I hope that my work can go towards repaying this dept by working with and helping to transform, nurture and inspire the lives of young people and audiences around the world.