Patrick Ziza Dance presents Dandyism

02 Oct 2021 to 03 Oct 2021

Various times

20 minutes

This is a free event

This event is part of a timed programme 

Sat 2 Oct @ 12.30pm & 5pm

Sun 3 Oct @ 3.25pm

Centenary Square

Dandyism is centuries old, and for the original African dandies, it represented male empowerment and post-colonial freedom.

Dandyism Photoby Buster Grey Jung
Dandyism Photo by Buster Grey Jung

African Dandies appropriated the flamboyance of the 18th Century English & French gentlemen in defiance against slavery, referred to by some as a resistance movement. 

By the 1960s it had become a phenomenon, a way to preserve a legacy of African culture and challenge conventional male stereotypes. More recently Dandyism has encompassed the fight for gender equality by the Congo’s Female Dandies movement. 

Dandyism is a celebration of style and cool as well as a concern for humanism, gender and identity in our increasingly divided society. 

In this new performance work choreographer, Patrick Ziza explores the Dandy’s fashion and style as an assertion of freedom, the evolution of this cultural phenomenon into a modern-day norm, and how it relates to exploring, respecting and valuing individuality in the 21st Century.

Dandyism is flamboyance: dress sharp and present your best self. 

Choreographer Patrick Ziza, moved to Gateshead from Rwanda as a teenager. As a choreographer he has developed his own style of movement, embodying the raw, unrefined energy and expressive dynamism of dances originating in Central East Africa. 

Sat 2 Oct, 12.30pm and Sun 3 Oct, 3.25pm performances will be followed by a free taster workshop with the company. No previous experience is required.

Key Information

20 minutes
02 Oct 2021 to 03 Oct 2021
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Centenary Square

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No alcohol or glass is allowed on site. Picnics / your own food is permitted.

Limited seating is available but is not bookable in advance. Our priority seating is designed to be easily accessible for audience members who need them. These seats are intended for:

  • People with restricted mobility
  • Seniors
  • Pregnant people
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