2020 Production Choreography – Anuang’ Fernando 45 Dancers from Maasai Mara – Magadi – Amboseli Support grant from: Africa Culture Fund,
Fernando Anuang’a is a renowned Kenyan artist who has made significant contributions in dance choreography. With a career spanning over three decades, Anuang’a has gained recognition both in Kenya and internationally for his unique artistic expressions. His artistic journey is a testament to his passion and dedication. Anuang’a has continuously pushed the boundaries of traditional dance and left a lasting impact on the art world. As he continues to evolve as an artist, his work will undoubtedly inspire and captivate audiences around the globe.
Early Years and Influences
Anuang’a’s artistic journey began in 1990 as a member of the renowned Rarewatts dancers. During this time, he had the opportunity to collaborate with African Heritage, both in Kenya and abroad. As an autodidact, Anuang’a drew inspiration from the Maasai traditional dance and their captivating voices. This influence laid the foundation for his distinct dance language and his approach to contemporary dance. Seeking further growth and artistic exploration, he attended masterclasses conducted by renowned choreographer Carolyn Carlson, which proved to be a transformative experience.
International Exposure and Career Milestones
Fuelled by his passion and boundless creativity, Anuang’a embarked on a journey that took him across continents. His talent and dedication paved the way for him to showcase his solo pieces at prestigious venues such as the National Dance Center of Angelin PRELJOCAJ – Pavillon Noir in France and the Centre Chorégraphique National of Carolyn CARLSON, Colisée in Roubaix.
One of his notable creations, “Traditional Future,” was brought to life at studio AKILI of Wayne MacGregor in LAMU. This captivating show, produced by fashion designer Pierre CARDIN, earned him recognition and was staged at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and the Grand Theatre – Espace Cardin in 2011. Through “Traditional Future,” Anuang’a aimed to express the evolution of gestures and a more liberal energy, bridging the gap between tradition and contemporary dance.
Residences and Presentations
Anuang’a has been invited to various dance creation residences and has showcased his talent in numerous presentations. One of his notable works, “A Journey into the Future,” was performed at the Pavillon Noir in Aix en Provence. The piece was also presented at the Centre National of Dance – Carolyn Carlson in Roubaix and the Festival June Events – Atelier de Paris.
His latest dance creation, “Traditional Future,” was presented at the Musée du Quai Branly – Theatre Lévi Strauss in Paris. This mesmerizing performance showcased his dedication to preserving and evolving traditional dance forms.
His talent has taken him to international stages, where he has captivated audiences with his unique performances. He presented “Voices & Feelings” at the Festival Oriente Occidente in Italy, showcasing his ability to evoke emotions through his art. Additionally, “Traditional Future” was performed at Solomeo, Theatre Cucinelli in Italy, and the Festival Ravenna.
Collaborations and Guest Appearances
Anuang’a’s talent has led him to collaborate with esteemed performing artists like Kamel Ouali, Georges Momboye, Jean Francoise Zygel, Marcus Miller and Rokia Traore further expanding his artistic horizons and contributing to the rich cultural tapestry of African dance.
Impact and Legacy
Fernando Anuang’a’s contributions to the arts have left an indelible mark on the Kenyan and international art scenes. His dedication to preserving traditional dance while infusing it with contemporary energy has allowed him to create a unique artistic language. Through his talent and creativity, Anuang’a has inspired future generations of artists to explore the boundaries of their art forms.