Jospeh Tebandeke – I am a dancer and choreographer from Uganda. My work involves other arts practices and communities in addressing urgent social challenges, with a dominant focus around ability. I use my body to create my own dictionary of ability. I have been developing a physical practice that encompasses different local and global dance traditions and movement practices. I am a dancer in a sector and a society that systematically marginalizes “disabled” people. I am a choreographer as I mobilise local communities to create a movement that will re-label “disability”. I am committed to decolonize dance as a language that all can access and that benefits from diversity and the different notions of ability, through owning the aesthetic expression and developing self-esteem for person with disabilities. I question the intersection of the world where the concept of being able or disabled meet.
I have worked in different locations including Kampnagal Hamburg, (Mental workout 2023), Berlin (moving Margin Research 2022), South Africa (Sibikwa Arts Festival 2022), Vienna (ImPulsTanz 2022), Sweden (Assitej Children’s Fest) Mali (Eco Fest 2020), Freiburg contact impro Festival (Germany in 2019), East Africa Nights of Tolerance Festival (Rwanda 2017), Tuzinne Festival (Uganda 2017- 2018) Ubumuntu (Rwanda 2018).