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I was born in Rwanda and moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England when I was 17. After completing my BA at University of Sunderland, I began to teach both on university dance courses and in the community, travelling across Europe to work with a diverse range of practitioners and performing in the UK for contemporary choreographers including Gary Clark, Ella Mesma and Alexandra Pirici. 

I became more and more... READ MORE 

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“Dandyism” is inspired by the gentlemen of the Congo. The appropriation of the 18th Century French and English Dandy’s flamboyance by African men was a defence and a provocation against slavery, described by some as a resistance movement.  By the 1960’s... READ MORE

Photo: Roswitha Chesher, GDIF
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Around the world, the decisions that need to be made to address the challenges of climate change are led by “monochromed businessmen in monochromed suits” with all the usual formalities of political debate & vested interests.  Yet we have seen how communities can come together to protest, apply pressure, collaborate, be inspired and celebrate their shared concerns for humanity.... READ MORE

Family Affair

Family Affair is a live, solo dance performance.  Family Affair delves into the conflict that a person of African heritage often experiences when 21st century western cultural ways of living clash with their traditional African family values. The idea behind this work is... READ MORE

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Dandyism Dance artistic director Patrick Ziza is looking for  all-round black or mixed-race performers with strong dance skills/technique to join the team and be part of Dandyism dance performances this Summer and/or the next exciting Dandyism project - DOMESTEEQUE.

What we are looking for:

  • An eclectic/individual sense of style, able to exude a flamboyant and unapologetic presence on stage

  • Some acting skills and comfortable with spoken words/use of voice preferred

  • Will be required to learn existing material

  • Must be comfortable performing in outdoor settings

  • Experience of delivering community dance/theatre workshops is desirable

  • Disabled and non-disabled performers welcome 

Key dates:



2 weeks - week of 15th and 22nd August.

Fees: £500 per week/ daily fees to be agreed

Contribution to travel and accommodation costs for rehearsal period will be paid within reason

Location:  Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Application to be submitted via email to

We would like applicants to provide YouTube/Vimeo links or any other online streaming platforms for easy access:

  • 2 to 3 mins showreel

  • 1 to 2 mins clip talking about yourself and why you think you would be a good match