As well as helping to develop dance in Ethiopia, Junaid Jemal Sendi has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, France and Brazil.
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Saburo Teshigawara (left) watches as Junaid Jemal Sendi rehearses the Japanese dancer's piece Kazahana before performances in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
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Saburo Teshigawara (left) and Junaid Jemal Sendi dance together as the young Ethiopian dancer rehearses his role in Teshigawara's new creation, Kazahana.
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Junaid Jemal Sendi first learned dance in the Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company in Ethiopia. The mentoring year has given him a wide range of new skills and experience to take back to his native country.
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Junaid Jemal Sendi rehearses in the studio in Addis Ababa used by the Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company where he began his dance training at the age of 12.
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Adugna’s professional dancers – all, like Junaid, from deprived backgrounds – wake up their bodies by limbering up and stretching. Here Junaid acts as their teacher, standing back as he puts them through their paces. Ethiopia, 2005
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Junaid and his fellow dancers at Adugna teach improvisation to youngsters and adults with disabilities. Ethiopia, 2005
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Saburo Teshigawara believes that observation is a key part of the preparation for a new dance, so he makes video recordings of all his dancers in rehearsal. Tokyo, Japan, 2005
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Teshigawara integrated Junaid (pictured, centre) into his performance of Kazahana, which premiered during the mentoring year. France, 2005
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Junaid, had an important role in Teshigawara’s performance of Kazahana in Montpelier, France. France, 2005
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August 2014 Choreographer Junaid Jemal Sendi has set up Ethiopia’s first social enterprise for dance, Destino Dance Company, along with fellow professional dancer Addisu Demissie
August 2011 If a single word could depict the young Ethiopian dancer and choreographer Junaid Jemal Sendi, “generosity” would be spot on.
April 2009 Junaid Jemal Sendi and fellow Ethiopian dancer Addisu Demissie share the Sadler's Wells stage.