DANCE OF HOPE is the creation of Ugandan musician and Educator Chinobay and Segawa Bosco—once an orphan on the streets of Kampala, Uganda.
The name portrays what the organizers have provided for the cast members, and what the cast members offer their audiences: HOPE. Many of the young performers have come from the worst environments imaginable, however while onstage, they focus on how they’ve turned a negative story into a positive one. And they aim to inspire others to do the same.
DANCE OF HOPE is experiential. Whether in performance or residency, the children use music, dance, and storytelling to expose audiences to Africa’s rich culture, history and the arts. They also share their transformative personal stories in an interactive format with the audience, to give hope and affect change.
Whether the outreach is one day or one week, the young performers interact with local students in an intimate setting to learn from each other about their lifestyles and cultures. The local children try their hand at several traditional African instruments and create songs that culminate in a full-fledged performance for their families and friends.
There are 10-15 young artists participating in a single tour, ranging in ages from 9-22.
The touring members are ambassadors to the thousands of vulnerable children back home. We don’t audition and we accept all children. The organizers felt it important to cast children from a mix of backgrounds and a wide age range to best represent the community, interact with and inspire ALL children. Some children
Some cast members are fluent in English and others not but they all learn English. They use their native Ugandan languages when performing, there are over 55 native languages spoken in Uganda. They use the universal language of LOVE to inspire people from ALL walks of life to achieve greatness.
The interactive main-stage performances are for the entire family. There are many elements exciting for all ages. By the end of the performance, audiences will feel as though they have been transported to the African continent.
The workshops and residencies are geared toward students however the final collaborative music and dance sequences are performed for family, friends and the community.