2018 — Nairobi, Kenya
About this series
“Ballet goes Kenya” is a photo essay covering ballet in Kibera slum, Nairobi. Kibera houses about 250.000 of the 2.5 million slum dwellers in the city and is one of the largest slums in Africa. The ballet classes take place once a week at two schools in the middle of Kibera’s narrow streets and alleys. They focus on the physical and mental well-being of the students, promoting confidence-building and hope among the children.
The classes are part of Annos Africa and One Fine Days charity activities in slum areas around Kenya. In Nairobi both organizations work together with schools in Kibera and Mathare, another slum close to the city centre. They also collaborate with a ballet studio in Karen, an upperclass area in Nairobi, where talented dancers from the slums can get the opportunity to further their education. Many students have become accomplished dancers, being part of productions at the city’s national theatre, winning scholarships and performing abroad.
Christina Feldt is a documentary photographer whose work is focused on social and humanitarian issues – from Afghanistan to Africa, Asia and Latin America. Christina has been working for international organizations like the United Nations, Save the Children, Care, Handicap International and Visions for Children.