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Kenyans head over heels after trip to China

By XIE SONGXIN and OTIATO OPALI in Nairobi, Kenya | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-11-28 08:36

Acrobats train under the guidance of Mathias Kavita in Nairobi. During their performances, they incorporate African routines with Chinese skills. XIE SONGXIN/CHINA DAILY

As Kavita puts them through their paces, he focuses on technique, progression, strength, balance and flexibility. He also injects fun into the lessons, and has created a friendly, close-knit group.

One of the group members, Moses Otieno, 27, has just returned to Kenya from Hebei province, where he undertook a four-month performance tour with six other Kenyan acrobats. Otieno said the tour made him appreciate the Chinese dedication to resources for acrobats and the amount of time spent on the profession.

His main wish is for more Africans to become familiar with Chinese acrobatics, as this will help them become professional performers, while offering the world a unique act that combines Chinese and African concepts.

Bryson Wandabwa Wangilwa, who started training with the children's program at Sarakasi Dome, said he decided to take acrobatics seriously after being encouraged by Kavita.

At the age of 19, he appreciates the chance to learn acrobatics at a professional level, because of the discipline and strong work ethic it has instilled in him. Even though Wangilwa had a different coach while training as a child, his performance has greatly improved since he joined Kavita's class last year.

"I was taught lion dancing by Kavita, who has encouraged me to include moves to create choreography that brings African and Chinese cultures together," Wangilwa said.

"I am encouraged by the coaches who take care of their families, pay school fees for their children, and earn a living from acrobatics. My dream is to be a circus performer, but before I can do that, I hope to get further training, in China if possible."

For dreams such as Wangilwa's to come true, Kavita said it is vital that the links forged between Kenya and China in acrobatics are carried forward to give young enthusiasts opportunities similar to those he had during his younger days.

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