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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… 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!

Learn and Play!

Did you know that learning to play a musical instrument has many benefits including the ability to bring down stress? You may think that you are past learning but it’s never too late to pick the guitar, piano, violin, drums, etc and learn how to play it! These are reasons why everyone should learn to play a musical instrument.

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  • Relieves Stress :  Studies show that playing an instrument helps in lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn lowers the stress hormones, thus making us feel relaxed.
  • Improves Memory:   Music and memory go hand in hand. Learning to play a musical instrument makes you both parts of your brain and this in turn boosts memory power.

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  • Teaches Discipline, Responsibility & Perseverance:  Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort which results in your learning patience and perseverance.  To get a musical phrase or an entire song down with as few mistakes as possible takes great focus and repetition. Since it is such a challenge, this teaches you self-discipline and the importance of maintaining a steady practice schedule.
  • Fosters Self Expression and Creativity: Stuck in everyday routine lives, many of us lose touch with our creative side. Learning to play a musical instrument, especially when you reach advanced levels can foster lost creativity. Since music education plays on your mental, emotional and cognitive abilities, the brain is stimulated to think out of the ordinary, which results in improved confidence level and creativity.

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  • Fun: Playing a musical instrument can bring back the fun factor into your life. Music has the special quality to bring joy, peace and fulfillment that helps lift the spirit and make life enjoyable  for everyone involved.

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Spreading the immense joy that music brings to all who wish to learn, was what motivate The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN)  to set up a music academy –SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary music with the aim of helping aspiring people learn music and to learn also how to play different musical instruments.

 

 

SPAN: Scholarship at half the tuition fee for 2015 academic year!

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SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music

If you wish to study with us but cannot afford the full tuition, you can call 017767726 (office hours”11am-3pm Mondays-Fridays) and ask to speak with the director.
We are giving out scholarship up to half of the tuition fee for 2015 academic year.

Programs on offer are:

●Bass
●Drums
●Piano
●Voice
●Saxophone
●Guitar.

For more info call: 017767726

World class music education in the heart of Lagos!

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World class Jazz, Contemporary and Ethnic music education in the very heart of Lagos!

SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music is now in the heart of Lagos with easy access from any location in Lagos.

No 13 Davies Street off Broad Street Lagos Island.

We are still enrolling students for the One Year Professional Performance Certificate Course 2014/2015

For more information please visit us at 13 Davies Street, off Broad Street, Lagos Island or call 017767726, 09091900700.

If You are Serious about Music, FRANCE Calls for you this Summer!!!

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Are you interested in quality music education and international certification? We’ve got great news for you!

SPAN Jazz Summer School in collaboration with The Dordogne Jazz Summer School** – Our affiliate Jazz school in France – is offering 10 students an opportunity to study with the The Dordogne Jazz Summer School for the 2015 academic year.

Enrolment is on-going; Interested candidates please visit us next week on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 or Friday, September 26, 2014 and ask to see Bright Gain, Director, SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Time: 12noon at SPAN Office, No 1 Abuja street, off 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Please note that the summer school will run for one month – Two weeks in Lagos and two weeks in France – and fees cover Tuition, accommodation, feeding, flight ticket and visa. Visa is totally guaranteed!!!

**The Dordogne Jazz Summer School is based at Chateau de Monteton, a real mediaeval castle, in south west France; and led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari.

It’s SUMMER Time, and The 3week Helen O’Grady CAMP is Open for Kids!!

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Make this summer a memorable experience for your kids! Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy Lagos Island presents a 3 week Summer Holiday Camp for kids ages 3-18. Camp activities include Dance, Drama, Music, Fine Arts, Field trips and loads of fun.

Date:     14th July-2nd August 2014.
Time:     10am-2pm daily.
Venue:   1 Abuja Street, Banana Island Ikoyi.
Fee:       N20, 000 per week.
For bookings, please call 017767726, 08091900700.
At Helen O’ Grady… EVERY CHILD IS A SUPERSTAR!

This July, All The Way from Chicago, Give It Up for ‘THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS’

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We’re excited… and if you love great music, you’ll be excited too!

We’re proud to announce the ‘JAZZ AND BLUEGRASS WORKSHOP’ featuring ‘THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS’ all the way from Chicago, U.S.A! Holding Next week.

DATE:      Wednesday, 9TH July, 2014
TIME:       9:00am PROMPT
VENUE:   1 Abuja Str, off 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos
ADMISSION:       FREE!!!
Join Us! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!! Brought to you by
The UNITED STATES EMBASSY LAGOS
in collaboration with
SPAN ACADEMY OF JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

ONCE AGAIN: We bring NEW YORK ‘into’ LAGOS from JUNE 23 – July 11

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We like to say, if you can’t make it to NEW YORK, let New YORK come to you!

We’ve done it countless times; in November 2013, Battery Dance Company, came in from New York City for SPANFEST, our spectacular Festival. Then there was New York based Internationally Acclaimed Musician/Jazz Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer BEAT KAESTLI, who came in for a memorable workshop in March… and just last month [in May] New York based Contemporary Artist, Choreographer, Dancer and Analyst, ANDREA HAENGGI was in Town to teach Dance at SPAN.

For the love of Music and Dance, We do it again, from Monday June 23 – Friday, July 11, 2013, as the ULTIMATE DANCE WORKSHOP holds in Contemporary, Modern jazz, Street jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop with Dancer / Choreographer, CLARA BÉLÉNUS, a Graduate of Alvin Ailey School New York, who has danced for Arch Dance Company, Steps Ensemble in NYC & has featured in many productions and multiple music videos in New York and Paris.

DATE: Monday June 23 – Friday, July 11, 2013
VENUE : SPAN STUDIO, #1 ABUJA STREET,  BANANA ISLAND, IKOYI, Lagos.
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, CALL NOW TO REGISTER
For more information, please call 017767726 / 08091900600 / 08091900700

 

Let Your Child Shine! New DANCE, DRAMA & MUSIC Admission: Enroll Now!!

span brochure INSIDE PAGEChildren too can shine. Last weekend, at our ‘My Fair Lady’ recital, 120 children of different races and tribes shone and smiled as they performed on stage at the Orchid Hall at Eko Hotel, Lagos. To say the least, it was beautiful [Pictures up soon].
Your children can have their moments of glory! Enroll them for Dance, Music, Drama [or all 3!], and watch as they blossom with talent and confidence!
Our classes for kids and adults kick off soon, don’t be left behind. For more information, call 01-7767726, 0809 190 0700, 0809 190 0600, or email: info@spanigeria.com / http://www.spanigeria.org

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Children performing at our Christmas 2013 Recital

Children performing at our Christmas 2013 Recital