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Choreographing Africa’s stage movement: The story of Brian Geza

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Choreographing Africa’s stage movement: The story of Brian Geza

In the world of dance, there are those whose movements transcend mere steps, embodying stories, emotions, and societal messages. Brian Hativatye Geza is one such luminary whose illustrious career spanning over two decades has left an indelible mark on the performing arts landscape.

By Plot Mhako

With a rich tapestry of experiences as a performer, teacher, director, curator, stage and technical manager, and choreographer, Geza has graced international stages, leaving audiences spellbound with his creative prowess. From the hallowed grounds of the Edinburg Festival to the pulsating energy of the FNB Dance Umbrella and the culturally rich ambiance of the Africalia Dance Festival, Geza’s performances have transcended borders and captivated hearts.

At the helm of Zvishamiso Arts, a community performing arts troupe based in Mbare, Geza serves as the founder and Artistic Director, wielding his craft to edutain—an amalgamation of education and entertainment. His vision extends beyond mere spectacle; he sees dance, music, spoken word, and creative arts as potent tools for social transformation.

A graduate in Choreography from the prestigious Oslo Academy of the Arts in Norway, Geza’s journey has been one of relentless pursuit of artistic excellence. In 2007, he left an indelible mark on the Jibilika Dance Festival in Harare, where he choreographed and directed the opening act—a testament to his creative ingenuity and directorial finesse.

Geza’s artistic philosophy is rooted in the belief that all forms of art possess the power to heal, transform, and empower communities on a global scale. This ethos permeates through his work, infusing every performance with a sense of purpose and resonance.

Beyond the confines of the stage, Geza is a dedicated mentor, imparting his artistic wisdom to youth in Rwanda and Zimbabwe. His commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent underscores his dedication to the proliferation of the arts as a force for positive change.

In December of 2023, Geza’s talents garnered international recognition when he was selected as a Floor Producer for Move Afrika in Kigali, Rwanda—an event headlined by none other than the iconic Kendrick Lamar. His role as a Floor Producer exemplified his ability to seamlessly blend creative vision with logistical expertise, ensuring the smooth execution of a monumental cultural event.

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Brian is a 2014 Mandela Washington (YALI) Alumni and he has been a National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) adjudicator since 2014.

This year, Geza added another feather to his cap as the festival Stage Manager for the prestigious Kigali Triennial, further solidifying his reputation as a stalwart of the global arts scene. His multifaceted contributions continue to shape the cultural landscape, leaving an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

As we reflect on the profound impact of Brian Hatitye Geza, we are reminded of the transformative power of art—a power that transcends barriers, unites communities, and ignites the flames of inspiration. In Geza’s hands, dance becomes more than mere movement; it becomes a conduit for change, a beacon of hope, and a testament to the enduring spirit of human creativity.

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