Mags Byrne, Artistic Director, is in Ethiopia with Royston Maldoom and Tamara McLorg to consult on artistic projects led by former members of Adunga Community Dance Theatre – Adulalem Amare and Meseret Yirga. Andualem and Meseret are now running community dance programmes in Addis Ababa and Adama with some of the poorest and most marginalised people.
With Royston, Mags first went to Ethiopia in 1996 for a performance project with street and working children that was meant to last for three weeks. The performance project became a training programme for those young people, which eventually developed into Adugna Community Dance Theatre, three weeks became now 20 years of working and consulting for community dance in Ethiopia.
“It is wonderful to be back in Ethiopia where Royston Maldoom and I started a training programme for street and working children 20 years ago.” Says Mags “Those children are now professional dancers, choreographers and teachers working all over the world and running dance companies and schools for the poorest and most needy in Addis Ababa and Nazareth. I am so, so proud of them and so happy to still be a part of their ongoing development”.
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