Sunday, 11 August 2013

About the Choreographer

I first met Desire as a fellow participant in the KADS Pantomine, Red Riding Hood. Later, I invited his dance troupe, Yutta Konvictz Society  ( a contemporary dance troupe) to perform ROMANZA at my school. I was thoroughly impressed and as soon as I knew that Mango Roses was a possibility, I wanted Desire on board.

A poignant scene from Romanza. Desire on the ground!
Tereka Kenneth Desire
Dancer, Choreographer, poet, Actor

Tereka Kenneth Desire is a citizen of Uganda born on April 25, 1986 to the late Dr. Moses Byaruhanga and Miss Betty Nantongo. Once, during a 2006 vacation, he was invited to join a dance workshop by Keiga Dance Company directed by Mr. Jonas Byaruhanga. This workshop lasted three weeks and it changed his life. He went on to perform with the Keiga dance company and under it they performed in the Dance Week, the first ever BAYIMBA International Music Festival at Kyadondo Rugby Club.
He has trained and danced with:-                                                          
The Stepping Stones Dance Company which was directed by the Late Susan Bamutenda.
Mutumizi Dance Company, where he worked with choreographers Isaac and Sam Lutaya
He was later invited to join the Uganda National Contemporary Ballet (Burudani) under the leadership of Madam Valerie Miguel. In addition to that, he was invited to perform with the MAKARAMBA Dance Company, performed for the Street Art Festival organized by the Alliance Francaise and the German Cultural Center, under the direction of Maurice Yeka.
Desire is also a member of Latino Flavor Uganda and they perform every last Wednesday of the month at the National Theatre (Latin dances)
He has trained and worked with groups like Projecto de Latino Dance, Heaven Anti-Aids foundation, Gazelle, Living Springs, Clay Dance Company, UTAA (UGANDA YOUTH TALENTS AGAINST AIDS), and the Destiny Africa Choir.
In addition, he went on to start up his own dance company called the Yutta-Konvictz Society and since starting it up in 2007, he has had an opportunity to combine his love of performing and teaching/ sharing with other young people who hear about the arts but can’t get the opportunity to find it.
His professional work includes the pieces he created for the 3rd Bayimba International Festival (DEATH IS CALLING), The Dance Transmissions Festival (ENTRAPPED) Dance Week festivals (IN THE CHAMBERS OF BONDAGE, DRENCHED TEARS, THE TUNNEL OF FEAR, and TWISTED REALITY).
His choreography has also been performed in Kenya with the Watoto Drama team, in Rwanda with the Uganda Youth Talents Against AIDS (Hope against AIDS) and during the World Aids Day celebrations in Lugogo.
Desire has taken part as a dancer and choreographer in the biggest Christmas presentation in Uganda, the Christmas Cantata at Watoto Church (formally KPC) also the Watoto International Conferences, and he has participated in the World AIDS Day Dance-off Competitions, and Hot Steps.
Desire has had the opportunity to work with several choreographers from around the world, including
1.  Jonas Byaruhanga (Uganda)
2.  James (Kenya)
3.  Ivan Estegneev (Russia)
4.  Testulo (Japan)
5.  Robin and Sean Scantlebury (USA)
6. Kristina Johnstone (South Africa)
7.  Jeremy Katodolo (DRC Congo)
8.  Mr. Kato (Uganda)
9. Valarie Miguel (France)
10. Eddu and Isa ( Sarakasi Dance Company, Kenya)
11. Totto Niwenshuti (Rwanda)
12; Nasibu Project (Dancers from Germany,Brussels, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands)
He is a very down-to-earth kind of guy who enjoys keeping a low profile. He is kind, charismatic, and creative in everything he does.

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