Saburo Teshigawara & Junaid Jemal Sendi

As well as helping to develop dance in Ethiopia, Junaid Jemal Sendi has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, France and Brazil.

As well as helping to develop dance in Ethiopia, Junaid Jemal Sendi has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, France and Brazil.

Saburo Teshigawara (left) watches as Junaid Jemal Sendi rehearses the Japanese dancer's piece Kazahana before performances in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Saburo Teshigawara (left) watches as Junaid Jemal Sendi rehearses the Japanese dancer's piece Kazahana before performances in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Saburo Teshigawara (left) and Junaid Jemal Sendi dance together as the young Ethiopian dancer rehearses his role in Teshigawara's new creation, Kazahana.

Saburo Teshigawara (left) and Junaid Jemal Sendi dance together as the young Ethiopian dancer rehearses his role in Teshigawara's new creation, Kazahana.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Junaid and his fellow dancers at Adugna teach improvisation to youngsters and adults with disabilities. Ethiopia, 2005

Junaid and his fellow dancers at Adugna teach improvisation to youngsters and adults with disabilities. Ethiopia, 2005

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

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

Teshigawara integrated Junaid (pictured, centre) into his performance of Kazahana, which premiered during the mentoring year. France, 2005

Teshigawara integrated Junaid (pictured, centre) into his performance of Kazahana, which premiered during the mentoring year. France, 2005

Junaid, had an important role in Teshigawara’s performance of Kazahana in Montpelier, France. France, 2005

Junaid, had an important role in Teshigawara’s performance of Kazahana in Montpelier, France. France, 2005