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African Dance

African dance for women

In this workshop Korkoi Odametey will focus on women's themes and dances from the point of view of the Ghanaic culture. A word in Ghana says: a women is the flower in the garden, the men is the fence around it. In the Akan mythology the earth itself is a women: Asase Yaa.

Korkoi will convey the spiritual powers, weaknesses and tasks of the woman, based on her own personal experiences in life and taking from the spiritual richness of her culture in form of dance, music and mythical tradition.

Women have their own kind of expression in dance, often sing their own songs and are said to be more powerful and enduring in spiritual manners than men. How this present of nature can be used and cared will be conveyed by Korkoi in her inimitable sensual way.

African dance for open groups

West African rhythm and dance are expression of fundamental energy of life. Sorrow, joy, love or death: Africans dance their lives!

The ADESA instructors teach traditional rhythms and dances and supply background information about their origin and meaning.

Reference points to our daily life and the possibility to make one of the world oldest cultures approachable to Western culture will be shown.

With isolation and coordination lessons as well as with song will the participants be led to the roots of African joy of life. Male and female forms of dance will be explained and conveyed in their context with lots of humor and empathy.

A complex choreography will be developed together, with focus on the connection of drum signals and dance steps which will be conveyed in a playful manner. Drummer included, if you wish!


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