movement is a gift and we are compelled to use it whether we like it or not.
Karen Bradley: University Of Maryland
Israel Wekpe: University of Benin
Sharon Mansur: University Of Maryland
Christopher Ugolo: University of Benin
Miriam Phillips: University Of Maryland
Austin Asagba: University of Benin
Juliet Urevbu: University Preparatory Secondary School
WXYZ Art Factory, Benin City, Nigeria. (2008 - 2013)
Sinclair Dance, Virginia, USA. (2013 - p.)
Sinclair O’gaga is delighted to serve as Assistant Professor of Dance at VCU Dance. Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He earned my B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Benin 2007, and his M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography, from the University of Maryland, College Park.
He Investigate and create original dances, with a practice of daily dance making, minimalism, physical, theoretical dance practices and curiosity about the unknown.
He identifies as: experimentalist*, educator, choreographer, teacher and mentor and an avid student and learner. The type of work he does is hugely collaborative, and reflects his training in theater, cultures of Africa and contemporary dance forms.
He is the founder of WXZY Arts Factory and also the choreographer for the acclaimed Nigerian movie I’ll Take My Chances (first Nollywood dance movie) 2011.
His current works include:
KOTS; an experimental work premiering at the Kennedy Center 2020;
Ainihi e Alteridade; a new collaborative residency at the Joe’s Movement Emporium 2020;
And his work in Dance History where he is developing a new coding system for understanding movement/dance history in prehistoric Africa
On many occasions, he has accessed unconventional spaces, and unconventional movements as a tool for his creations in both site-imposed and site-specific dance work.
Through collaborations he has tackled topics beyond the boundaries of dance. Collaborated with professionals in the fields of psychology, the visual arts, music, creative writing, and video, projection, set, lighting, and costume design. On many occasions, he has accessed unconventional spaces, and unconventional movement as a tool for his creations.