News: ADAD's Lifetime Achievement Award announced

Wednesday 27 February 2013 by Carmel Smith

Peter Badejo and Jackie Guy

Peter Badejo was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by ADAD, the Association of Dance of the Africa Diaspora on Friday (22 February). The founder of Badejo Arts has lived and worked in Britain since 1990 and is one of Nigeria’s foremost choreographers, dancers and African performance specialists.

Accepting the award he said: “African dance must be understood and appreciated as a living aesthetic and ethical form, rooted in the changing practice of everyday life. The practice and support for this medium is a channel of understanding a people’s dynamic culture.”

Judith Palmer, Chairwoman of ADAD said: “A little known fact is that dances from Africa and her Diaspora have been practiced, performed and developed in the U.K. for almost 100 years. This is hard to verify without documentation, dialogue and academic research. We at ADAD are proud to be recognised as being at the forefront of the development of these processes.”

The evening at Finsbury Town Hall included performances by UK based dance artists, including one by Simone Foster, who performed a piece choreographed by the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, Jackie Guy.

Mark Elie, Imani Jendai, Namron, Nii Tagoe and Carol Straker were also nominated for Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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