A cross-cultural exploration of movement and performance modes combining the African-American traditional yet contemporary approach of Kwame Shaka Opare and the traditional repertory work of the National Dance Company of Ghana and the visions of artistic director Nii-Tete Yartey
A televised promotional spot for the performance of Asipim by KSO for the National Dance Co.
ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE
- Excursions to the open air markets of Accra. The markets are vibrant hubs of Ghana's cultural activity and offer a wide canvas for creative inspiration. So much can be ascertained from the nuances of social ritual played out by the peoples of different cultures.
- Visit(s) to the Accra Arts Center, a large market place that is home to art merchants and craftspersons of varying mediums. There one can acquire and learn about everything from traditional instruments, how they are created and played, to the designing and construction of traditional clothing and the latest in contemporary Ghana fashion.
- Excursions to the nightclubs on the beach in Korle Gonno, home of the international dance phenomenon, AZONTO
- Visit to the University of Ghana at Legon dance department to see how their 4 year program prepares the next generation of dancers and musicians
- Drum and Song classes with the the Musical Director of the National Dance Company to better understand the relationship between the music and the movement
- Day long Rehearsals (breaking for lunch) with KSO and the National Company
- Tour of the National Theater including information sessions with the national theater company and the national symphony orchestra.
- Lessons on history and the culture of Ghanaian dance with the most senior member of the GNDC.
- Culminating performance of work created from classes, rehearsals, and the collective experience. To be performed with the GNDC!
KSO creating new works the Company