National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts (NIFCA) Performing Arts Ensemble
The key objectives of the NIFCA Performing Arts Ensemble are:
- To offer interested NIFCA awardees an important ‘next step’ opportunity in their career development as artists
- Provide advanced training in drama, dance and music principally, and also in areas of arts management and the business of the arts, including cultural entrepreneurship, intellectual property issues in performing arts, and personal development
- Develop members performing and presentation skills, by affording opportunities to stage, or participate in , local and overseas performance events
- Provide members with an opportunity to use arts-in-education techniques to respond to community needs for alternative pedagogies which empower and foster self-expression
- To form a repertory company with a variety of theatrical works for performance
Following a successful run of the Theatre Arts Internship Programme, the NIFCA Performing Arts Ensemble was launched in 2016. The programme targets performing arts awardees from the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts. It includes training in various styles of theatre from conventional stage performance to site-specific work. The programme targets approximately 30 interns between the ages of 16 -30 years. Upon selection, all members will be contracted for a period of two years, at the end of which they will be appraised. Non-adherent members, and/or members wishing to leave, will be rotated out at the end of the two-year cycle to make way for new membership
The aim is to cultivate a body of regularly employed quality performers. As the NIFCA Performing Arts Ensemble develops a repertoire, performances will be available for hire. Apart from the developmental aspect of the programme, much of the Ensemble’s output will be marketable cultural products.
The guiding principle of the NIFCA Performing Arts Ensemble is to put performing artists together with teaching artists and arts managers to advance the quality of the performers’ work, and also to create a repertoire of developmental and performance events that can be applied in a variety of settings where semi-professional/professional performing arts is wanted. The Ensemble would therefore create a team of players groomed and ready for performance opportunities. Further, it is proposed that the NIFCA Performing Arts Ensemble is expected to function s as an income-generating performing repertory company, available for local and overseas work.