Qudus Onikeku

Founder and Artistic Director, YK Projects Paris and QDanceCenter Lagos

With a background as an acrobat and dancer, Qudus Onikeku, also known as Q, is made of diversity, he is one of the preeminent Nigerian choreographers, working today in different media (performance, writing, film, installation, curating etc.)

Qudus is the founder and artistic director of YK Projects Paris and QDanceCenter Lagos, an offshoot project of the CREATIVE CULTURE SUPPORT FOUNDATION; a creative agency, with a greater ambition of kick-starting a professional career for young people with a passion for dance and live music. It operates as a social enterprise which applies artistic competence, human capacity and creativity, as a strategy for development solutions.
Through his international artistic engagements, Qudus’ interest is drawn toward the aesthetics and artistry of African peoples in general, both within the continent and in the diaspora. His visceral practice of dance and engagement with the processes of decolonization have led him to develop a research-based practice about the body’s capacity to store memories and inherited traumas – and to restore and heal both the dancer and the audience.

Qudus began training as an acrobat at age five (he’s a graduate of the French Centre National des Art de Cirque), and he began his dance career in the Surulere area of Lagos at age 13. Now, his globally known work encompasses dance, teachings, writings and research projects, and public space happenings. His works in the past decade includes: “Do we need colacola to dance?” (Lagos, Cairo, Johannesburg, Maputo, Nairobi, Yaounde, 2007); “My Exile Is in My Head” (Paris, 2010); “QADDISH” (Avignon Festival, 2013); “We Almost Forgot” (Berlin, Lagos, Abuja. 2016); “Infinite Nowness” and “Right Here, Right Now” (Venice Biennale, 2017), as well as “RainMakers” (TEDGlobal, Arusha, 2017).