The Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance

The Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance was established in 2003 and honours Caroline Plummer (1978-2003).

The annual fellowship is for six months (usually February until July), and is open to community dance practitioners, teachers and researches from New Zealand and overseas who have a proposed programme of activity, or project, that furthers Caroline's belief and aspirations for community dance in New Zealand. It provides the recipient with an office/dance space and not less than the minimum salary of a fulltime University Lecturer for a six-month period.

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Antonio Ssebuuma

Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance 2019

With more than 16 years of dance experience as a performer, teacher, choreographer, community arts practitioner, and director of arts initiatives, Antonio Ssebuuma has had the opportunity to work in diverse cultural, artistic and social contexts.

Throughout his career, he has sought to engage and empower communities, including working with disadvantaged communities, in slums and orphanages in Uganda, Europe and New Zealand.

His artistic practice includes a blend of styles including hip-hop, contemporary, dancehall break-dance, house dance, and Ugandan traditional dances.

He describes his appointment to the Fellowship as a “landmark” in his career which fills him with “great joy and faith”.

“It is a very uncommon opportunity getting someone all the way from Kampala, East Africa, to Dunedin, in the far south of New Zealand. It confirms how the Fellowship walks the talk, and I am going to give it my best execution to give more pride to the name.”

The self-described dance-nomad, says he will spend the year on a project which aims to bridge communities in Dunedin and integrate his dance experience into institutional settings.

“I hope to pave new ways for collaborations and partnerships as I bring together people of diverse backgrounds into a safe space to build mutual relationships and networks. I hope that my project will be an inspiration to many and create reference in various ways.”

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