The Era

Our 4th performance show at SPANFEST was the spectacular dance concert; The Era (Era of Legends). This project was an initiative created to inspire excellence in the dance industry. It featured some of Nigeria’s best dancers from all genre and musical artistes.the era-21the era-29the era-37the era-52the era-54the era-75the era-142the era-94the era-98

 

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Hear Word! Naija…

 

HEAR WORD! is an exhilarating and thought provoking performing art production directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa  and we had the honour of staging it during SPANFEST 2015 as the third performance show for the festival.hear word visual 6

The production combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality of women in the face of domestic abuse, harassment, rape and societal pressure and the transformation.

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This brilliant work of art was delivered by Nigeria ‘s talented actresses Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike.

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The show also attracted high society.

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The Night We Made You Speechless!

It was a night to remember when The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) took people on a magical music ride with “Speechless – A Musical Adventure”!

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The audience experienced a heart pumping, finger snapping, musical adventure night with jazz masters like Tee Mac, Bright Gain, The Venus Bushfires, Victor Ademofe, Olufunmi and Jerry Omole as they took them on an unforgettable journey of music and sounds…

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The Venus Bushfires opened the show with her unusual yet captivating brand of music, which took people back to old beautiful memories of Africa.

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Olufunmi, a gospel artiste with deep strong roots in Jazz led people back to the history of Jazz and how it started in America and evolved through the years. Now what made this performance thoroughly enjoyable was that as she introduces each artiste that had influenced Jazz  at their time, she immediately proceed to sing and mimick their style of jazz and vocals. She even performed Louis Armstrong ‘s “What A Wonderful World” in his gruff voice! She was accompanied in beats by SPAN’s music band.

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Then came the Multitalented Victor Ademofe on stage and got a thunderous standing ovation with his expertise on both the trumpet and the konga drums.

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Jerry Ademofe  got the audience moving to his music with the saxophone, playing recognizable Jazz people identified with.

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Jazz musician and SPAN’s head of Academy, Music and Contemporary jazz, Bright Gain also performed  with the guitar.

Closing the show was Tee Mac, the Jazz Master himself who played amazing music with the flute and got people reminiscing.

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Head of SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Mr Bright Gain

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SPAN's Head Drummer- Papa Ray

SPAN’s Head Drummer- Papa Ray

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Movement In Moments – True Art On Point!

Through the many different deliberations of how SPANFEST 2015 was going to take shape, one thing was constant on everyone’s mind and it was that Nigeria was going to be shown what real performance art is, and how thrilling and exciting it really can be. Thus, “Movement in Moments” was created.movement-in-moments-5

Movement In Moments is a groundbreaking concept developed by SPAN and its the first of its kind in Nigeria. It is a  pioneering 5 stage show where a Violinist, Poet, Comedian, Singer & Dancer perform simultaneously while painters create masterpieces. 5 stages were set where these different artistes performed to their audience simultaneously and after a set time, they switched stage to perform to another set of Audience, again at the same time. In the background, were these hugely talented painters who created amazing pieces that was completed in a matter of minutes.

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The Comedian was Ajebo, seasoned comedian extraordinaire who got the Audience cracking up with his jokes and anecdotes

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The Singer was Stage queen, Yinka Davies who captivated audience with fun performances, she even had people singing alongside with her.

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The Poet was Donna, The Word Smith who flowed seamlessly and effortlessly in her delivery of Spoken Word and Poems.

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The Dancer was Peter James, former SPAN protégée and has gone ahead to undertake further Dance Training in France.

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The Violinist is upcoming act, Chibuike

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Leading the painters was Multi talented Ice Nweke , master choreographer and painter extraordinaire.

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In the end, SPAN Founder and Festival Director, SPANFEST 2015, Mrs Sarah Boulos, invited each of the Artistes to do an encore individually, which they did beautifully to a standing ovation.

 

SPANFEST 2015 Workshop – Music, Dance, Drama Like Never Before!

One of the visions of SPAN for year 2015  is to organize a one of a kind  Music, Dance and Drama workshop that will bring out fresh talent and unleash the expression in people who wanted to find their creative voice.  That opportunity came at SPANFEST 2015.

The 10 day workshop ultimately became the festival’s opening event. It consisted of Music, Dance and Drama workshops with both local and International performing Arts facilitators training registered participants and was held at The SPAN Hub, The Agidigba Community Center, 13 Davies Street, off Broad street, Marina, Lagos Island from November 7th – 16th , 2015. 9am – 6pm daily.

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The Music workshop had renowned Jazz pianist/composer/educator Mark Kross and Chesky recording artist and a leader in the Jazz education field, Louise Rogers, both from New York, USA as Instructors

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Drama

Drama Workshop was facilitated by stage veteran and Acting Tutor, Ronya Man, who is Head and Director of Arts at the International “Kimama “ campus in Israel.

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Dance workshop offered different types of Dance of which are:

Modern Jazz – Facilitated by Paris based Gaelle Gillieron, a certified Modern Jazz Instructor, a technical level dancer and a dancer for several French Contemporary Choreographers.

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Horton Technique – Facilitated by Clara Belenus, a graduate of the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and renowned Dance instructor, known for teaching creative movement, ballet and creative ballet, as well as the Horton Technique.

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Nigerian Traditional Dance – Had the award winning Dancer, Dance teacher and a choreographer of high repute, Victor Erebifa Phullu has the Instructor. With over 25 years of experience, Victor Phullu has represented Nigeria in Dance Festivals and other dance related activities, either as a dancer, choreographer, or as a facilitator. His professional competence cannot be over emphasized

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Hip-Hop – Different styles of Hip hop were taught by SPAN Dance Instructors Michael Omani, Da-Silva Ajanlekoko, Chijindu Chize and SPAN protégées, Abimbola Fakiya and Obinna Jackson.

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Naija Urban Dance– Also known as “Naija Craze” was taught by SPAN’s Surprise Jakande.

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The Workshop registered a huge number of participants all of who got the chance to perform and showcase their creativity and what they learnt at the workshop at the grand finale/ closing night of SPANFEST 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

… And SPANFEST 2015 Was Here

Ladies and Gentlemen, what a festival it was!

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Starting with performing art workshops, followed by interactive classes and performances, and then presenting events using various tools of the performing arts which included Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy, SPANFEST 2015 revealed an understanding and awareness of a community’s historical diversity and cultural context.

The Festival kicked off with TEN days of intensive performing art workshops between November 7th – 16th, 2015 with international professors that will unveil the new voices in our Nigerian artists using the mediums of dance, music and drama.

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It was followed by five performance nights which showcased the diversity and richness of our culture and heritage. The grande finale was a family community experience. It started with the SPAN academy graduation ceremony which had both SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and SPAN Academy of Dance graduating students showcasing what they have learnt from SPAN with spectacular performances. It closed with “Voice Of The Voiceless”; a final performing art production gathering 200 dancers, musicians, and actors on one stage.

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Intensive workshops, Exciting performance shows… SPANFEST 2015 remains the biggest Music, Dance and Drama Festival to ever hit this side of the planet.

We will be giving you more details on each event and how it all went down! Stay tuned!