August 12, 2019

One of my central tropes is the tedious, radical and necessary act of remembering in order to tell our history. What follows is an attempt to remember and make sense of our journey as we celebrate five years of The QDance Center.

Upon graduation from the school of circu...

October 9, 2018

Cultivating a World of Dance.

The Dance Department’s Practitioner-in-Residence Qudus Onikeku brings a global and anti-disciplinary approach to Columbia students.

This semester, the visiting practitioner-in-residence in the Dance Department is an internationally recognize...

September 29, 2018

Visualized Memories in Performance Space(s)
 / Qudus Onikeku: We Almost Forgot

Speaking from the center and not from the margin when being in performance spaces is a constant struggle for contemporary African artists, who aim to represent themselves through deconstruc...

May 22, 2018

At the beginning of my career as a dance maker, I only did solos. But now gradually transiting into making group works on other dancers, so it’s still fresh for me allowing others to carry my works on their bodies, and it is very tasking for my dancers I must say. Beca...

January 21, 2018

Dear Nigerian Dancers

It is to you I address this post, and it’s purpose is to ask if you have ever thought about protecting the right to your works that you create? I have seen you in hyper-creative moments, jumping at making dance video covers of popular musicians on...

January 17, 2018

Dear Nigerian creatives. 

I’ve noticed a trend among you, most especially the performing artistes, you do not like to pay to increase your knowledge, you do not like to pay to watch shows, you do not attend workshop or any program that has 1 Naira as fee, but you expect...

January 7, 2018

On January 1st of this year 2018, we launched a project that has been generally hailed as a fresh idea, it is a dance/music video piece titled RainMakers. One of the reasons for making the RainMakers dance Music video, is simply because this year, our mission at QDance...

November 13, 2017

From the moment I made the decision to return to Lagos, and base all my professional activities there, I’ve made up my mind to “work in” Lagos and not “work from” Lagos. So whether my artistes are given their visas or not, we will continue to shine within our own capac...

November 13, 2017

[...] the artist should not mistake her ego for the art, so when the catalysts and audience gets a glimpse of the flow of the divine which they refer to as art, there ought to be a moment of silence. We can sum up the relation of the artist to his art as follows; The a...

April 30, 2017

Artistic Statement: Dance, as a passionate and ephemeral art form, has a great capacity to make visible, the multiple juxtapositions that makes the present tangible. However, the present, the here and now, which constantly accelerates with the speed of light, equally m...

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