Name: John Otieno Rapasa
Occupation: Performing Artist, Dancer and Musician
Based at: GoDown Arts Centre
Well known as Rapasa, I am a contemporary performing artist in dance and music disciplines. I did dance course at Dance forum Nairobi situated at the Godown Arts Centre and expanded my music area at National Youth Talent Academy.
Formative Years – Works involved
Lead musician – Branding company YU Econet wireless Kenya.
Siri 2 television series, AL IS ON production company L.T.D.
Formative Years on dance but moving to recognition in music area.
Portfolio. Music area. lead musician branding company YU Econet wireless Kenya. Siri 2 television series, AL IS ON production company L.T.D.
Dance area. Participant in the second phase of story ya pili, that was choreographed by Kefa Oiro and Aloyce Makonde and performed in Tanzania. Participated in both chrysalide and dance laboratory directed by Opiyo Okatch focusing on laying work ideas and monitoring growth. Following success of courses have gone through i choose to go solo artist which is interesting, it gives a countability to visit every Conner during research though i also accommodate other parties to spice work.
Work in progress
1. “LIGALA” A man shall leave his fathers house, this was my exit piece that was presented at Alliance Francaise.
2. “Way i see” inspired by sound here I segment space to quarters to accommodate different sound, energy and rhythms.
1. To interact by participating in workshops, residencies, and performances.
2. Ensuring close working relationships among artists and audience.
3. Exploration and flexibility
Most of my works is revolved around how I experience things.
A man shall leave his fathers house”LIGALA”.
“Way i see” Inspired by sound here i segment space to quarters to accommodate different sounds and rhythms experimenting tension shifting.
1. sell works
2.Collaborate with other dancers/ companies.
3. Instructor instrument.
4. volunteer works based on Art.
1 Dance Choreographer
2 Percussionist both traditional drums and Strings.
18 months Plan
Following success of courses have gone through I choose to go solo artist which is interesting to me, why, this gives me chance to see, feel, touch and taste every bit of my work process.
1 Registration- legal department of culture( January).
2. Space sharing.
3. Copyright (February)
4. Tour solo works and collaboration process.
5 Getting Musical journey program started under volunteer basics.