Jared Onyango (Kenya) is a dancer and choreographer whose interests are in choreography, writing, everyday happenings, and environmental topics. He explores movements and behaviours of people in public spaces, and environmental issues, such as plastic waste and river pollution. Jared is one of the founding members of Tempo Arts Centre, a community green space located in Lucky Summer Estate, Nairobi.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, as part of Performance as Process, Jared will be further exploring Jua Kali and Orodha, concepts which touch on the ideas of recycling, resilience, and repetition, and how they affect our daily performances.

In March 2023, Jared made an inaugural performance at the opening of the first phase of the building of 32° East/Uganda Arts Trust. In 2021, he was awarded the Mentorship Award for Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change by the Prince Claus Fund and Goethe-Institut. Jared was a Pina Bausch Foundation 2016 Fellow for dance and choreography, where he worked with Italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta in Sweden. Jared is an ICA 2020 Fellow with the University of Cape Town, where he presented a digital version of Jua Kali Pedestrian project for the University’s website. He has collaborated in projects including Choreolab (June 2017), a project between artists from Kenya and Germany for the Node Festival in Frankfurt, Germany, and Lea Pischke (November 2021), a Berlin-based dancer and choreographer in Jua Kali Pedestrian project, which premiered in Berlin. He was commissioned for the KLAART Festivals (August 2018) – Jua Kali Pedestrian for the public spaces within Kampala city. His other works include, Body In A Box (May 2018), a multi-media project performed at the Goethe Institut Nairobi; and Jaridu (2020), a solo dance exploring movement, space, representation and musicality.

Jared Onyango was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya where he lives and work.


Untethered Magic – Nairobi Contemporary Artist Residency


Delfina Foundation’s Network of Africa Patrons


Performance as Process:
Season 5

Supported by M Art Foundation


Autumn 2023




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