[cabin fever] is inspired by the covid-19 lockdown, exploring the intangible inner processes an individual goes through when abruptly locked up in a space for an extended period of time.Trauma, healing, loneliness, hopelessness are some examples of possible mental states experienced. Movement and sound are used as a medium to bring the concept to life.
The [ ] Project: Gift Uzera & Muningandu Swithin Hoveka
Gift Uzera is a freelance professional dancer and choreographer from Namibia. He is also a film and theatre actor and has appeared in films such as Katutura (2015) and The Hidden Sky- El Cielo Escondido (2016). He has a background of acting for theatre and assistant directing professional theatre plays at the National Theatre of Namibia, as well as project coordinator for the Windhoek International Dance Festival during 2017 &2018. Recently, he was in Germany for a co-production Hereroland between Namibian and German artists from November 2019 to February 2020. Gift has graduated from the University of Namibia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Psychology and Music Studies under dance and movement.
Muningandu Swithin Hoveka’s artistic career embodies expressions in Visual and Performance Art. Her professional music career started in 2014 as one half of group duo Stardust, which scooped three NAMA Awards in 2015. As s member of Stardust, she was an opening act for Big Ben and sung backing vocals for Shishani (2015) as well as for Joss Stone (2017). Muni has performed at The NAMA Award (2015) and Miss Namibia (2015). Other platforms include The Warehouse Theatre, Goethe Institute and The Owela Festival. Recently, she was one of the featured artists in the set for the Warehouse Theatre’s Afro Rocker’s Reggae Nights which took place in March 2020. As a solo artist, her musical performances move along the continuum between classic tunes and popular sounds. Genres include Neo Soul, Indie Pop and Contemporary RnB. Regarding conceptual performances, Hoveka’s act varies from representational to abstract. Within this realm, inspiration of nature and human ideology are fragments found in her works.
She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Creative Expression at the University of Namibia in Windhoek, where fine arts, music and theatre were inclusive in her coursework.