Kunja Dance Theatre
James Mweu is Director of Nairobi-based Kunja Dance Theatre.
Trained originally as a sculptor, James Mweu is one of the young generation of new Kenyan choreographers and dancers, who work with Kenya’s influential dance artist Opiyo Okach and his company Gàara projects. James Mweu performed in Opiyo Okach’s seminal production Shift: Centre, with which he toured worldwide, inc. South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, and Brazil. In 2004 he started his own company Kunja Dance Theatre, building up a repertoire of his own works. His 2005 duet Urbanite was shortlisted for the prestigious biennial pan-African dance competition Danse l’Afrique Danse in 2008.
Kunja Dance Theatre also leads pioneering outreach and education activities with different communities in Nairobi. It regularly works with street children, young acrobatics of the Kuruka Maisha Arts School and internally displaced people following the political unrests in December 2007. In 2007 Woking Dance Festival invited James Mweu for his first visit to the UK as one of its international Dance Dialogues artists. He performed his solo Kizazi at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in October 2007. During his 2nd visit in autumn 08 he collaborated with Akram Khan company dancer Saju Hari to perform in a new production of In The Thick of It, a short piece especially created for young children and touring Surrey primary schools