KEYNOTE DIALOGUE #2: “In Conversation with Joseph Tebandeke”

KEYNOTE DIALOGUE #2: “In Conversation with Joseph Tebandeke”

Chair/Dialogue Partner: Lliane Loots

Biography: Joseph Tebandeke

Joseph Tebandeke is a dancer and choreographer from Uganda. His work involves using various arts practices with diverse communities to address urgent social challenges, with a dominant focus around ability. He uses his body to create his own dictionary of ability, and is developing a physical practice that encompasses different local and global dance traditions and movement practices as a dancer in a sector and a society that systematically marginalizes “disabled” people. He choreographs beyond literal dancers, to include mobilising local communities to create a movement that will re-label “disability”.  Joseph is 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. He questions the intersection of the world where the concept of being able or disabled meet.

He has 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), Germany (Freiburg contact impro Festival, 2019), Rwanda (East Africa Nights of Tolerance Festival, 2017, Tuzinne Festival, 2017- 2018 and Ubumuntu, 2018).