Jared Onyango

Dance (MFA)

Jared Onyango is a performer and choreographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He trained in dance at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels, Belgium, and at Ecole des Sables in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal, between 2010 and 2015. Jared is a Pina Bausch Foundation 2016 fellow for dance and choreography, through which he worked with Italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta of WEE Dance Company, based in Sweden and Norway. Jared is also a 2020 Cape Town University Fellow for the Institute of Creative Arts. For his Institute of Creative Arts Fellowship with University of Cape Town, he presented the project “Jua Kali Pedestrian” as a digital performance for the university’s website. In February 2021, the performance was presented at the French Cultural Centre in Made in Eastlando for the 2021 edition of La Nuit des Idees (The Night of Ideas). His latest projects have been about exploring movements in public spaces and how architectural designs of public spaces in the city affects movements and behaviors of people in those spaces. In April 2021, Jared collaborated with Lea Pischke, a Berlin-based dancer and choreographer, to research and create the “Jua Kali” performance, which was presented in Berlin in December 2021. On commission for the KLAART Festivals in August 2018, he created the project “Jua Kali Pedestrian” for the public spaces within Kampala city, which was performed at Kampala road and Nakasero Market in the city. His works include “Body In A Box,” a multimedia project performed at the Goethe Institut Nairobi in 2018. and “Steps and Traces, a continuous, research-based practice that explores body movements initiated from stepping and various concepts of movement, space, rhythm and musicality.” Jared has interest in themes touching on the body, alternative forms of spectatorship and urban spaces. 


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