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Meet the Afrocats x Whitworth artists

On 28th, 29th and 30th May 2024, we'll be back at the Whitworth for our usual blend of cultural creativity.

Meet our talented artists who will be guiding you to learn new skills and shimmy your way through the gallery.

Maisha Kungu

Maisha Kungu (They/Them) is a choreographer, performer, and movement director whose work is vibrant, kind-hearted, and educational. Their work is a distinctive burst of riotous colour, kaleidoscopes of joy, sensuality and texture, and they work with structured improvisation to unlock identity and freedom of expression generating authentic groove within body and soul.

Maisha is queer, neurodivergent, POC, and a second-generation immigrant, and this intersectionality informs their empathic broad approach to dance-making and workshop facilitation, where everyone is truly welcome.

Maisha Kungu trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, leading to a decade-long career in performance across the UK ranging from black box theatre, Wearhouse rave catwalks, music videos, parade and street theatre, and university lecture demonstrations for names such as; The Untold Orchestra, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Manchester International Festival, Mayfield Depo, and The Met Theatre Bury.


Maisha’s MA (Choreography and Professional Practices: Distinction) established them as a choreographer and movement director, creating work for Contact Theatre, Rapper OneDa, Afrocats, The Culture Co-op and most recently, was accepted for Company Chameleon’s Uplift residency 2024.


Dance comes to me as a moment of therapy through the movements I embody. Movements that tell a story that goes beyond me and it only makes sense that my practice revolves around its increasingly recognisable and ancient nature.

The fragments that have and still develop the reach of this sacred practice come to me through a knowledge that has been transferred through emotions felt in the generations that came before me.

I integrate this knowledge with modern practice and a carefully crafted nuance of slow development that creates a safe space to mentally release while we physically expand. My artistic practice seeks to build the resilience necessary to release trauma no matter the scale, through the feelings arising from our collective connection to ancestral sounds.

Tina Ramos Ekongo

Tina is a feminist Equatorial Guinean artist and illustrator.


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