Are local cultural troupes losing it?

Editor, Watching Ingazo Ngali perform leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a shame that in the name of creativity, their performances are not anywhere near the original beautiful dance that we know. Can someone make good use of the whip?

Editor,

Refer to Joseph Rwagatare’s article, “When Rwandan dance became gymnastics” (The New Times, July 29).

Watching Ingazo Ngali perform leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a shame that in the name of creativity, their performances are not anywhere near the original beautiful dance that we know. Can someone make good use of the whip?

Viva, Germany

***************

I thank Mr. Rwagatare for enlightening us on the ever mushrooming cultural dances disguised as Rwandan traditional dance. I had stopped enjoying them at weddings and other social functions and I appreciate Mr Rwagatare’s insight into this matter.

If one has seen and tasted the real Rwandan dance, then one can only feel pity for the consumers of its alias that is paraded around today. I’m also relieved that for once, Joseph is not talking politics. It makes for a fresh read.

Robert, Rwanda

***************

I hope those reading this piece note the artistic approach with which the author expressed his opinion, duly appreciated by some of us. The older generation, still with us, should be happy to read this article.

Let us do research and document our traditional dances before they are turned into gymnastics for local consumption or for export. Rwandans deserve better.

Alphonse Nkusi, Rwanda