The International Festival of Contemporary Dance (IFCOD), a subsidiary of Mona Dance School, is set to premiere One Language and Dance of the Rivers on October 21 & 22, 2017 respectively at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Time is 6pm daily. It is part of activities of International Festival of Contemporary Dance (IFCOD).
Regardless of race, gender, religion and conflicts among men, God created man the same as he speaks one language more than he thinks or knows. One Labguage, directed by Segun Adefila, is a musical uniting all continents and peoples of the world. Dance of the Rivers, directed by Dan Kpodoh, is a total theatre of dance, music and drama.
According to the Convener, Elo Inyeinengi-Etomi, “This production makes you one with the culture of our birth. If you have forgotten, you will remember; if you remember, you will be proud of being a Nigerian. Join us as we embark on a journey with Sokari as he tries to find his way back home following the River Niger to meet his people. Learn the culture, history, dance, crafts, problems, riches and life that flow through the river in his blood and ours as well.”
The International Festival of Contemporary Dance is a platform set up to sustain the performing arts by developing a hub where resources from performing arts students, youths, theatre practitioners, arts sponsors, investors, and other creative enthusiasts are harmonised.
IFCOD is committed to building effective collaboration and partnerships with individuals, organizations, agencies and stakeholders in order to achieve shared goals. Top of her goal is to create career path for the Nigerian youth and network opportunities for effective training in the performing arts. It is said, “It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a community to build a career!”
IFCOD provides that community platform that offers mentorship through networking and skills’ building opportunities that delivers excellence for everyone engaged in the arts. It provides a unique and valuable melting-pot, where professional theatre and upcoming artists, students, and community youths all with divergent artistic flavours meet, interact, play, and debate.