Do not miss: “FRONTIERES” or Between Me and You – This Wednesday at Ishyo Arts Centre

Dear friends,

We are more than happy to finally be able to unveil the mysterious project (“Frontières”) we have been talking about these past weeks! It’s beautiful and it’s happening this week.


Wednesday February 15th 2012 at 7 pm


Ishyo Theater Hall


This piece is a colloboration between 4 independent artists, creating a contemporary dance piece that incorporates live music and poetry and explores human limits and the ways we cling to our distinctions at the expense of our shared humanity. What is it to be human when we move beyond our personal boundaries? When does our reflection in the eyes of the other become our own enemy?
Excerpt :

Between me and you
is the wrong language
and my weird hair…

Between me and you
is skin…

Between me and you
is a police check point,
and one more for the road…

Between me and you is a breath…

Whether we like it or not
between me and you is air….



Music and Sound : Samuel Kamanzi and Shanel Nirere

Text and Editing : E.Spackman, Ruzibiza Wesley
Choreography and Artistic direction: Ruzibiza Wesley
Lights Design : Ariane Zaytzeff
Costume and design: Jan Wallyn and Muhire Patrick
Special Thanks to Carole Karemera for her time and Artistic advices


Ecole des Sables Jant-Bi/Projet COUP DE POUCE, Ishyo Arts Centre, POSITIVE PRODUCTION and INKANDA HOUSE

Sneak Peek… Artists Gala Promo Shoot by Illume CS – Part 2

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.  ~Arabian Proverb

As we were telling you in our last post, we had a wonderful shoot yesterday with many Rwandan artists in preparation of the Artists Gala of MArch 17th. Please stay posted for more info on the gala. Just know you will have the time of your life!

We made a promise yesterday, so today we will make more behind-the-scenes pictures rain!

Mutsar the great musician, gives the youngsters a lesson of style.

Talking about style, dancer/ choreographer/ musician/ Designer Saleh was clearly born to stand out!

Pierre, the Film producer rarely steps infront of the camera unless it’s for a really good cause!

Noémie (actress and musician) is a constant reminder that talent is innate. She is young and gifted!

More young talent! Tony one of the painters of Ivuka Arts Studio.

Judo, of Positive Production every artist’s best friend!

Aimable, singer/songwriter/actor and more, keeps it classy.

Ben, a lighting passionate and professionnal, is not afraid to sit in the shadow.

Moise, a soft-spoken man and a powerful singer.

Friends in Music: Papy John and Jones.

Wesley, the rising star of contemporary dance in the region, can’t stand still in front of a camera!

The beautiful Suhaa, CEO and designer of Ikanzu Designs and Accessories, shares her story with Illume.

Last but not least, Sammy who cannot stop himself from playing his guitar infront of a camera either…

There you go dear friends, that’s it for the behind the scene pictures. We cannot wait to see the actual images from the Illume boys.

We will keep you posted but in the meantime, feel free to share our blog with your friends.

A beautiful weekend to all of you!

Sneak Peek… Artists Gala Promo Shoot by Illume CS – Part 1

Dear friends, today was an intense day to say the least.


Glad you asked.

You see, Ishyo Arts Center is a member of the Arterial Network ( which is continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector.

Its goal is to promote and develop cultural industries in all African countries and facilitate intra-continental cooperation in artistic and cultural matters.

The Arterial Network Rwandan bureau has been active for a while now and its official launch will take place on March 17th during a gala by and for the artists. More on that very soon.

For that event we have tried to gather as many artists as possible for a photoshoot and a interview here at Ishyo. It happened this morning and it was made possible by the extremely talented Illume Creative Studio. So we were Philippe and Gaël’s assistants for a day and we loved every part of it! They made us see our beloved old building in a new, more colourful way.

Our deepest gratitude to all the artists who showed up and to Illume for this priceless gift.

Some behind the scenes pictures:

Sophie with her Inanga. This lady is a true trailblazer in Rwandan traditional music. Don’t miss her show “Thunder and Lightning of Inanga” in our theater hall on February 17th. (Organized by the Goethe Institute)

The Reggae legend Natty Dread, watch this space for new sounds and gigs.

Teta, CEO and Designer of Inzuki Designs. I hope you’ve all been to her shop, opposite BCR in the Ndaru Coffee compound.

John Rusimbi, one of Rwanda’s most talented writers shows us that you don’t have to be a kid to be playful.

Michael one of the actors of Comedy Knights holds a spiritual pose. Catch him on Feb 24th here at Ishyo for Comedy Nayiti.

Shannel the beauty with a golden voice. Do not miss her in a new multidisciplinary show called “Frontières” on the 15th of February. More info soon!

Also to be seen in  “Frontières”, Saïdi, Abdul and Sam here getting their contemporary dance moves on!

Innocent, one of the painters at Ivuka Arts. We hope you have all visited their studio in Kacyiru!

From Ivuka Arts as well, the lovely Emmanuelle, one of the kid dancers of Rw’Amakondera (How interesting is this picture?)

More behind the scenes pictures tomorrow. Stay posted and most importantly, MARK YOUR CALENDARS because on March 17th, you are spending your evening with all your favourite Rwandan artists!

Sneak Peek… Nneka in Kigali. Tonight at Ishyo Arts Centre!

Are you ready everybody?

Remember, today is the day Nneka is going to ‘afrobeat’ your world to a pulp!

We’ve been honored to watch her and her great band rehearse in Ishyo theater hall:

Get down…

Then lie down and give us more funk…

And because talent attracts talent, Kigali’s finest talents weren’t very far:

Illume Creative Studio was there documenting the awesome…

In the meantime the Positive Production people are making the stage miraculously come out of the concrete ground:

And Sammy Kamanzi is all smiles because Ikobe is more than ready for tonight’s gig with Ms Shanel, opening for the wonderful Nneka!

I don’t know about you but we definetely cannot wait for tonight. It’s going to be MINDBLOWING!
Nneka in Kigali brought to you by the Goethe Institute. Tonight at Ishyo Arts center, 6 PM.

Free Entrance!

Ce soir: Première de la pièce: “Le Bruit des Os qui Craquent”

Oyez, Oyez amis du théâtre!

Ce soir c’est la première date de la tournée régionale de la pièce: “Le Bruit des Os qui Craquent”.  Et c’est à Ishyo Arts Centre à Kacyiru. Et demain c’est la dernière date Kigaloise.

de Suzanne Lebeau 
Mise en scène : Roland Mahauden,Collaboration artistique: Daniela Bisconti. 
Avec : Angel Uwamahoro- Kabanguka, Olga Tshiyuka-Tshibi, Aïssatou Diop.

Joué en Lingala, en Kinyarwanda et en français. Surtitré en français.


Elikia est une enfant parmi tant d’autres qui a vu sa vie basculer du jour au lendemain dans une guerre civile chaotique et sans lois. Après une rafle dans son village, la petite devient enfant soldat. Victime, elle devient elle aussi bourreau. Comment grandir et rester humain quand les repères s’effacent ? Trois ans plus tard c’est Josefa, la plus jeune enfant à parvenir au camp des rebelles, qui lui rappelle son enfance, sa famille, son village, son humanité, qui lui donne le courage de briser la chaîne de violence dans laquelle elle a été entraînée. Elle est l’étincelle qui poussera Elikia à fuir et à les sauver toutes deux de leurs destins tragiques.

Une coproduction du Théâtre de Poche et duGroupe Taccems de Kisangani. En partenariat avec l’Ishyo Arts Centre de Kigali. Le Groupe Taccems est soutenu par Africalia belgium.