Creative Borders, an artistic outreach programme organised by students of Juilliard School of Performing Arts (New York City) was expected to stage a production that seeks to showcase the talents of students at Maru-a-Pula and adults in Gaborone.
The participants were part of their programme alongside the experienced students of Juilliard. For two weeks, the students took participants through drama and dance workshops. The show premiered on Wednesday and the last show was scheduled for Thursday (yesterday).
The performances are Wednesday, June 28th and Thursday, June 29th at 7:30 PM. The Wednesday performance is free for students while a ticketed performance (P50 per ticket) is billed for Thursday. According to a press release, Creative Borders aims ‘’to foster an exchange of cultures using the universal language of arts to children with disabilities, students of local primary and high schools, as well as adults in Gaborone, through a series of workshops, open community classes and performances that promote individuality.’’
The release explains that this year’s Creative Borders team comprises Amanda Bouza, Hannah Park, Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy, Myles Hunter and Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr. Below is a snippet from the team’s biography:
Bouza is a native of Miami, Florida, and has been dancing for 16 years. She is proficient in both classical ballet and contemporary modern forms of dance. She was an original cast member in the world premiere of Takehiro Ueyama’s Nakamuraya and Loni Landon’s And Then There Was One.
Born in Mahwah, New Jersey, Park spent most of her formative years training in classical ballet under the direction of Valentina Kozlova at the Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York. Ms Park has worked with choreographers such as Austin McCormick, Azure Barton, and Pam Tanowitz. She is a current recipient of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship and a volunteer for Dance for PD. Both programmes seek to use the arts to bring joy to people from all over New York.
Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy is a second year drama student from New Haven, Connecticut. During her time in New York thus far, she has found her love for surrealist theatre and continues to pursue singing jazz as well as art history studies. Her experience in community service includes schools in China, Haiti and in local programs across the state of Connecticut.
Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr is a native of Pittsburgh Pa, and currently in his second year as a MFA candidate at the Juilliard Drama School. He received his BA in Theatre Studies from Temple University, in Philadelphia Pa. He has a past in service learning, both abroad and locally. While living in Pittsburgh, he spent some time on various neighbourhood beautification projects in the Hill District and Oakland.
Hunter is originally from Los Angles, California, now living and thriving in New York City as a second-year dance student. He has also had many incredible opportunities to study and train at such prestigious places as the Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet School and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. Apart from dance, the other thing that brings Myles joy is to be of assistance to others. Beginning with the DeYampert Dance Academy, Myles taught ballet to students who would normally not be exposed to classical ballet.