Who are we?
We are the OYO DANCE TROUPE, a branch of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust (OYO), a Namibian Trust established in 2003. We were created in 2008.
What do we do?
We create social awareness in young people utilizing contemporary dance, in particular physical theatre.
Our vision is to develop a society in which there is broad access to information and the arts. By developing their creative skills, young people enable themselves to make better choices, and thus to become more prosperous, to increase their life expectancy, and to improve the quality of their lives.
The create performances for schools to address important social issues, such as HIV/AIDS (‘Should I know?’, ‘Choices’), stigma and discrimination (‘I’m not alone’, ‘Stigma’), transactional sex (‘Sugar Babes’), teenage pregnancy (‘Unwanted’), ‘corrective’ rape (‘Magda’)
Our performances in schools are followed by a discussion with students to ensure the message is clear. Referral systems are discussed for students who need help.
We are often commissioned to address high-ranking officials and advocate for specific issues. We performed four times at our parliament, lobbying for children’s rights (‘Broken’) or addressing corruption (‘Greed’). We also performed at the Pan African Parliament in South Africa.
We develop international exchanges through our summer internship program, giving a chance to young dancers from Europe and the States to join us for five weeks. We learn from one another and share our experiences.
We represent our country at national and international events. We have performed locally at our National theatre, and internationally in Germany, the UK and South Africa. We will perform at the Commonwealth youth dance festival in Glasgow, Scotland, in July 2014.