Phyllis Akinyi is a Danish/Kenyan choreographer and dancer with a dual base in Madrid and Copenhagen.
Although growing up in the modern/contemporary danceworld, she has spent the last 14 years in the universe of flamenco and her choreographic practice always works around a flamenco base even though it investigates different notions of movement simultaneously. Akinyi experiments more and more with her performances, but the love and respect for traditional flamenco is ever present, and you can still catch her doing traditional flamenco performances.
Akinyi also works a lot with film as an artistic expression, usually related to some choreographic piece of hers.
Nyar Kakan is Akinyi’s latest work. It focuses on the embodied experiences of a multicultural body, and combines East African ritual dance, Scandinavian post-modern dance, and flamenco in one.
Performing on stage alongside Akinyi, is Swedish percussionist Stephan Jarl who has also co-developed the musical aspect of the performance.
Nyar Kakan premieres at Bådteatret in Copenhagen on January 25th 2019 and runs until January 31st.
site specific performances
These performances are improvised and take place mainly outdoors. Each one unique with a specific focus on the surroundings.
The latest serie took place in South East Portugal (2018) where Akinyi performed in three different spaces; one in a marble quarry, one in a field, and one in a castle - using the site specific sounds and only adding flamenco percussion using her shoes.
Akinyi will return to Portugal in June 2019 to perform a 50 minutes performance in the city of Évora in a collaboration with local performance artist Mara.
Flamenco45 is a ’tablao’-style performance in the heart of Madrid that features Akinyi alongside a flamenco ensemble and offers the audience an intimate flamenco experience. It focuses on traditional flamenco while adding a modern and at times experimental side to it.
It was launched in February 2017 and from 2019 it will feature a guest artist at every event. These artists will not necessarily come from the flamenco world and this will broaden the expression on stage.