“We Almost Forgot”
Première in Abuja
After 10 years in Paris, the choreographer Qudus Onikeku returns to Nigeria to present his latest
contemporary dance production “We Almost Forgot”. The premiere will be held in Berlin on June
17th, then in Lagos on June 24th, in Abuja on June 26th
, and in Paris on November 3rd
Born in Nigeria in 1984, Qudus Onikeku is the Artistic Director and founder of YK Projects. He is a
graduate of The National Higher School of Circus Arts, France. For more than a decade, he has
retained a presence in the Nigerian choreographic scene, and is part of the new generation of
international creators from Africa. He is known globally, for his solo works, writings and research
projects. He was awarded “Dancer of the year” by the future awards in Nigeria in 2009, while in
October 2010, his solo piece titled “My Exile is in my head” won “the best solo performance” during
the Africa-wide dance encounters “Dansel’Afriquedanse” in Bamako – Mali, and the 2012 “New
choreographic talent” in France. Qudus is presently involved in various artistic projects and
collaborations in Lagos, where he operates The QDanceCenter.
“We Almost Forgot”, Qudus’ latest creation, features on stage 6 dancers and one actress of varied
backgrounds and identities (Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar & France). Through the
use of high energy movements, story-telling, singing and music, the performance aims at questioning
the past, present and body memory. The idea is to make a fiction of witness accounts of stories of
individuals who have witnessed wars and crises, and to evoke the capacity of our bodies to also keep
the memory of traumas.
The Abuja performance will be held at the prestigious National Universities Commission, and
followed by a discussion. More than just viewing the performance, the audience will have the
opportunity to interact with the artists and express their thoughts on contemporary dance and its
progression in Nigeria and world over.
This production falls within a wider project around dance, initiated on May 14th with the open-air
audition “Dancing Cities” in Abuja. The QDanceCenter, the Institut français du Nigeria, the Embassy
of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria, in partnership with the Krump Dance Studios, join
forces to improve the exposure of contemporary dance in Nigeria, particularly in Abuja. Through
“Dancing Cities”, 16 young dancers and choreographers were selected for a masterclass with Qudus
in June, which will lead to a performance.
The Abuja première of “We Almost Forgot” will be introduced by Qudus Onikeku, Kornelia Blitzer-
Zenner, cultural attaché of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria and
AudeUrcun-Brunel, cultural attaché of the Embassy of France in Nigeria, through a press conference
on June 25th
, 2016 at the Embassy of Germany.
Crew:Choreographer: QudusOnikeku | Dancers: Deborah Aiyegbeni, Sonia Al-Khadir, GaëlleIkonda, TidianiN’Diaye, QudusOnikeku, Gwen Rakotovao |Story-
teller: Ese Brume | Text : Ese Brume , Qudus Onikeku |Lighting creation: Matthew Yusuf | Costume designer : AboloreSobayo
Coproduction and residency : Parc de la Villette, Paris | BallhausNaunynstrasse, Berlin | CCN de Créteil et du Val de Marne/ Cie Käfig | Collectif Culture
Essonne | Fontenay-en-Scènes, Fontenay-sous-Bois| Goethe Institute, Lagos – Nigéria | Théâtre Paul Eluard, Choisy-le-roi | La Briqueterie/CDC du Val-de-
Marne | Théâtre de L’Arlequin, Morsang-sur-Orge.OfficialSponsor : The Bank Of Industry.
“We Almost Forgot”