A local dance and theatre group, Apama Style, is working on establishing an academy of theatre arts in Ruwa to groom and nurture talented youths from across the country.Formed seven years ago, the group, which derives its name from Nigeriaâ€™s â€œApamaâ€ meaning great dancer, is set to open an academy of theatre arts beginning of July.
Speaking to ZBC News on the sidelines of a performance they held in the capital recently, the founder of the group who doubles up as the artistic director, David Machowa, says the academy, which will be in Ruwa at Mutangadura Farm under the name Apama Style School of Theatre Arts, will strive to create new art through song, dance and theatre and came as a realisation that artists need to uplift themselves and treat their work as business.
â€œArt without comedy and humor is not easily accepted by many. The industry is not paying us well, so it is safe to say it is dead, but we need to work and use our brains if we are to resuscitate the industry.
â€œArtists need to uplift themselves and not to wait for someone else to do it for them – that is why we are actually opening a school of theatre arts to build great dancers and create a new form of art,â€ said Machowa.
Members of the group say although art is not regarded highly as a career in the Zimbabwean society, they believe working with Apama Style has opened many doors of opportunity for them and urged those with talent to take up the arts as a serious profession.
The group, which currently has 32 members with ages ranging from 17 to 24 years, now commands a following from people from all walks of life due to their satirical act which is filled with drama and comedy.
The group has performed at various fora in the last two years.