Antonio is an award winning African performer, choreographer, social entrepreneur and teacher based in Kampala, Uganda. With an artistic practice that operates with a blend of styles, namely Hip-hop, contemporary, dancehall, breaking & Uganda traditional dances, Antonio Ssebuuma Bukhar directs art collectives as i.e. Kuenda Productions, a transglobal artists exchange platform and Arts 2 Hearts, whose mission is to promote art as a valued form of expression in schools and communities. Among others, he co-founded the dance company Tabu Flo Dance Company (2007), renowned by CNN African Voices and The Economist Magazine. Receiving the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2017 he will travel to the University of Auckland (New Zealand) to search for personal artistic development as a dancer as well as explore the dialogue and exchange with grounded theory on dance technique and community dance methods.
„Antonio Ssebuuma’s approach towards dance roots in particular in his practice and interest for teaching movement in the frame of community dance. Strongly connected in Uganda in projects that focus a socio-political impact of societies moving together, his latest works in Kampala already distinguish themselves as denotative and sensitive, but brutally honest claims towards serious issues of the unruleable environment, the dancers are based at. His attempt to now pick up studies at the Dance Department at the University of Auckland in New Zealand is just logically consistent. Being introduced into a discourse that spans it’s themes on community dance within various cultures domiciled in New Zealand. Therefore especially his contact to Dr. Rosemary Martins, former dancer, choreographer with extensive experience in research and teaching in the Middle East (i.e. Cairo) and now senior lecture at the department, shows promise for his scholarship: Martin’s research puts on focus the acculturation between art and public service, art education and international education. A dialog and exchange together with grounded theory from a dance perspective will empower Antonio Ssebuuma’s practice as artist and teacher when returning to Uganda.“