In the early 2000s, IPAT supported a community dance company based in Ethiopia named Adugna. Through IPAT’s grants, sixteen young dancers were able to practice and perform their art, while being able to support their families.
This enabled Adugna to establish itself and demonstrate what could be achieved by the arts in terms of community and social work. The group wanted to show the power of dance to transform and empower.
Today, two of the leading dancers have launched their own company to continue Adugna’s work and vision: the Destino Dance Company.
Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie have accumulated more than seventeen years of experience of performance, teaching and choreography both in Ethiopia and on the international stage.
Through their experience and successful journey as professional dancers, they are now recognized as influential role models with an ability to connect with a wide range of vulnerable or marginalised young people across physical, social and cultural boundaries.
Through Destino, their primary aim is to support young people from underprivileged backgrounds to develop their potential and self-‐awareness through dance. The company provides arts education for vulnerable youth, supports the arts scene in Ethiopia and promotes Ethiopian contemporary dance.
The goal of Destino’s founders, Junaid and Addisu, is clear: give others the chance that they were given 18 years ago, and transform people’s lives through dance.
IPAT is proud to have supported Junaid, Addisu, and the rest of the Adugna company on its journey. Here they are in action in Addis Ababa filmed by Channel 4 as part of their Random Acts Series.
Visit the company’s website for more information on Destino.