Opiyo Okach

Kenyan dancer and choreographer, Opiyo Okach, trained at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre in London. In 1997, together with choreographer, Faustin Linyekula, and dancer, Afrah Tenambergen, he founded 'Gàara' the first contemporary dance company in Kenya. With its first creation "Cleansing", the company won a prize at the Rencontres chorégraphiques de l'Afrique et de l'océan Indien competition in 1998.Dividing his time between France and Kenya since 2000, Opiyo Okach initiated Generations 2001, a new choreographic exchange and development project in Nairobi with the support of Ford Foundation, Ballet Atlantique-Régine Chopinot, Association Française d'Action Artistique, Unesco Aschberg and Maison Francaise Nairobi. The project combines dancer training, residency programs, research and choreographic creation. Opiyo Okach was awarded the Prix du Nouveau Talent Chorégraphique SACD 2003 as well as a commission for Vif du Sujet - the SACD solo programme for the Avignon Festival.