About us

About Kuyumarts

Kuyum is a Kabie word from Togo meaning ONE or togetherness, the organization is aimed to promote intercultural collaborations and cooperation between PoC and Non-PoC,s artists in the field of dance as well as other art forms, and create training programs to help discover new ways, of investigating and contextualizing “Neo-Africa dance “ through critical and reflective approach towards the development of African dance. KuyumArts is founded to act as a cultural bridge, connecting dissimilar cultures.

Mission:

The organization’s mission is to help outline and create new narratives concerning African dance as an effective art form capable of contributing to the development of dance in the freelance scene in Berlin. The organization will make these possible by empowering the PoC and Non PoC dancers and choreographers to acquire and advance their understanding of the “Neo African Dance form” through advanced training programs, seminars, workshops and an annual dance festival in Berlin Germany.

Company’s Objective

  1. To organize and facilitate projects that provide inspiration for interdisciplinary artistic research.
  2. To create and make available new tools and methods for choreographic construction, analysis and production.
  3. To give critical audiences access to research projects through seminars, publications, documentaries and the work of creative learning.
  4. To engage with the youth in training opportunities and residency that will expose them to various Neo-African dance forms and cultural expressions, through performances, workshops, research and exchange and thus create possibilities for dialogue.
  5. Develop new and innovative ways of creating and presenting Neo-African dance forms, through a unique and exciting blend of the old, present and incorporating the spirit of both traditional and Neo-African dance philosophies to project the future of African Dance

Our team

Felix Dompreh, initiator of the initiative Kuyum – Afro Tanz Plattform Berlin, works since 2016 as a choreographer, dancer, educator in Berlin.

Born in Accra-Ghana, He belongs to a line of talented dancers and musicians. He is trained in traditional and contemporary African dance, including Afro-Fusion, Hip-Hip and Neo African dance. He was a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship recipient and is pursuing an M.A. in Solo dance and Authorship at the Inter-University Center for Dance at the Berlin University of the Arts. He has received numerous grants for dance residency programs such as Danceweb / Impulstanz Vienna and CIP / SIDANCE in Seoul, Sud Korea. Felix has danced with the Noyam Dance Company and the National Dance Company of Ghana. He is also the founder and director of Kuyum Arts Investigations Limited in Ghana. He received a certificate and diploma in traditional and contemporary African dance at the Noyam African Dance Institute Ghana under the direction of Pro.F-Nii Yartey. In 2011 he extended his dance studies at the Ecole Des Sable – Senegal under the direction of Prof. Germaine Acogny.

Felix works among others as a teacher for various Afro Classes in Berlin, as a choreographer (Zagreb) dancer for Theater o.N. and Tanztangente Festival (Berlin).

Alessandra Lola Agostini is trained in dance, theater and educational psychology at the University of Genoa and at Centro Mojud and Auroville Theater School. Since 2011 she lives and works as a freelance dancer and dance educator in various projects mainly in Germany. Besides her main job as a dance teacher, she is currently working as a production assistant to the artistic director – Dompreh – for Kuyum Dance Platform 2021.