Movement Artistry &
“The responsibility to transform our inner narrative is accepted when the tools to do so are discovered.
The need not to suffocate the cultural universe that is in us but instead replacing it with its acceptance and its enhancement, is an urgent element especially among those considered Body of Cultures.”
2023 // Reggae Ina Yu Jeggae | (Irie! Dance Theatre, London, UK)
Rediscovering the history of IRIE! dance theatre through its choreographic works has been enlightening and has motivated us to examine, on new bodies, the more traditional elements of the dances.
These elements have laid the foundation for the movement language of the company. The work has been remounted on 6 dancers, and creatively reimagined and reconstructed by rehearsal director Ofelia Balogun.
These dancers hold strong African and European retentions because of the transatlantic slave trade and colonisation. The rhythms and movement language continue to present themselves in contemporary African and Caribbean culture in the diaspora.
2022 // Tidal (UK) - with Kimberley Noble
Tidal is a dance theatre project that underlines the importance of creating bridges and connection through ancient knowledge in challenging modern times. Between ancestry and feminine lineage of their Welsh, Norman and Yoruba Roots the creators investigate and find common ground within mythology and cosmology.
Tidal underlines the importance of connecting with the water element, which is a symbol of transformation (powerful inner force) sacred knowledge (environment and motherhood), fertility (giver of life) and the illusion of the perspective on the female body and its abilities. The exploration of all these aspects will guide us all into a deeper research of how the myths are connected to our ancestry and how our stories are bound to contemporary perception of the female body.
Tidal is a collaboration with Welsh dancer and choreographer Kimberley Noble
Music by : Bombo productions and Welsh singer Teifi Emerald
2022 // Lupa Caligo (IT) | Residenza Vivarelli | YGBI - with Ismael Lo
Lupa Caligo an ongoing research between Ismael Lo and Ofelia Balogun on the phenomenon of Call and Response .
The nameless space that intersperses it appears as a continuous conversation that runs through music, dance and life itself.
Lupa Caligo is a reflection on how digitally generated visual and sonic languages combine with movement and the body to reconfigure narratives and to orient new social responses.
"My interaction with the set of calls and responses changes, and at the same time I
remain in a state of alert, suspended until the end. It is a continuous deconstruction and construction to find the essence and to rediscover a new context for the sound"
(Ismael Lo | Sound & Graphic Designer)
“Through its theatrical, narrative,community, symbolic and archetypal function, dance is an
active but forgotten tool for individual and collective transformation. For example, its usefulness in reconstructing one's ability to discriminate, the deconstruction of one's experiences
and the experience or discovery of one's intersectional identity and
2022 // I Corpi Barricati (Milano, IT) | Theatre | Monologue | 1 hour
Monologue: Ofelia Omoyele Balogun
Music: Dudù Kouate
Videos / Montaggio / Foto: Giulia Zhang per Ayzoh!
Written by Emmanuel Edson | Francesco Salerno
2022 // The Absence of the Presence | L'assenza della presenza (Bologna, IT)
"The Absence of Presence" is a dancing hub that places dance at the centre as a stimulus for reflection on individuality in relation to the Other, on distorted narratives and on conscious activism, emphasizing the need to create a link between personal history and contemporary history as an act of responsibility.
Post Talk with Timothy Raeymekers ( University of Bologna ) on the book “ Corpi e Mediterraneo Nero”.
The hub was made possible with the support of Cantieri Meticci, DnA Dance Company and Comune di Bologna.
Choreography and Artistic Direction by Ofelia Omoyele Balogun
Percussion: Lamin Kjigera
Trailer Music (I do not own the copyright of the music )
2021 // Identità Proibite (IT)
Dance production by O O Balogun (30 minutes) that explore the: " Permission of Being. Spoken words and dancing bodies explore the release of the perpetual asking for permission. A conversation in movement between the “received” judgment and the “embodied” judgment." The project was developed in collaboration with Luwam Aldrovandi & Gaia Centamore
2021 // Moonwalk, Nix (Senegal)
Collaboration with Nix in his song "Moonwalk" .
Winner Best African video 2021 Gelsen Hip Hop Awards.
2021 // Scrivere con i piedi / اكتب بقدميك / Writing with your feet (IT) -
Writing with your Feet means writing through the experience of an unfolding migration journey focusing on transgenerational knowledge. The use of the Moroccan’s Djaria language designates the privileged user, or anyone who has experienced this language, to overturn the common meaning of “privilege”. The feeling of being part of an illiterate family, the embodied sense of shame and inferiority that at the same time allows you to recognize the immaterial value of a not productive- driven and millennial orality tradition.
With Moroccan-Italian oral poet, visual artist and anti racism activist Wissal Houbabi, Italian poetry performer, graphic designer and sound designer Tommaso Giordani.
2020-2021 // I-M-MIGRANT (UK)
An in-movement reflection on the history and the relationship of African descendants and second generation population and their fluid status of “displaced humans' '. Displaced individuals, displaced in a middle land between the origin and the arrival one.
Dance production developed by O O Balogun & 8 dancers with a 30 minutes documentary about the creation process
(full documentary available on request)
2020 // "La Bestia, el tren de la muerte" (Italy) - with Cantieri Meticci
A freight train loaded with immigrants travels towards the American dream, a legend of a female figure who, rebelling against violence, becomes a goddess of diasporic origins between Cuba and Nigeria in a performance that deals with issues of resistance and struggle). Theatre production with Movement directing by Ofelia Balogun
2019 // Mirrors (IT to AFRICA) - With Johanne Affricot & Irene Russolillo
A multidisciplinary artistic performance that highlights various Italian artists who come from different fields such as music, dance, video installations; these artists in turn highlight the connection between Italy and Africa with their art. The production toured and collaborate with Ballet National (Dakar), Destino Dance Company (Addis Abeba), UJ Arts and Culture and Moving Into Dance Mopathong company (Johannesburg).
2019 // Foreign Bodies: An Underwater Love Story (UK) - With Ella Mesma Company
Ella Mesma Company collaborates with technology experts and composer Sabio Janiak to create a dance that crosses time, borders, cultures, oceans. Set within a TV Box, Foreign Bodies is an Underwater Love Story which explores what it is to belong to one heritage or to belong to many and the interplay between heritage and a person’s identity as a citizen of the world. With Brexit providing a pertinent backdrop, Foreign Bodies is set on two TV stations which contrast and connect the farcical world of a quiz show and the magic of a nature documentary about jellyfish.
2019 // ashleykarell
2019 // The Willow Tree (UK) - Solo Commission by Serendipity (UK)
Drawing strength from the imagery of Il Salice, the willow tree, Ofelia examines why as humans we allow external factors to define who we are, rejecting ourselves and erasing our ancestry.
2018 // Reflection Routes (UK)- Dance Production - With Sarita Piotrowski &
Leeto Thale by Union Dance (UK)
Leeto Thale by Union Dance (UK)
Reflection Routes marked the birth of Nelson Mandela with an open performance in the heart of the British Museum
2017// NIMBA (UK)-Dance Production
With Sidiki Dembele, Aboubacar Sylla, Baba Galle Kante,Mamadou Keita, Sura Susso, Christopher Radford, Fumy Opeyemi, Idrissa Camara, Nathan Bartman, Oumar Camara, Patience James, Vanessa Guevara.
Founded by Idrissa Camara of Guinea in 2010, Ballet Nimba has combined traditional dance roots with dynamic young performers and an original musical score. Featuring the rare talents of Fulani Flute, Bolon Bata players from Guinea, an Ngoni player from Cote d’Ivoire, soaring vocals and percussion on Djembe, Doundouns, Kirin and Wassaoumba, the audience are treated by some of West Africa’s most outstanding percussionists.
2016 // Britain Got Talent, Semi Final 4 (UK)
Bollywood and hip-hop dancing fusion, Choreography by Del Mark & Ash Oberoi