This Memorial Day weekend, the vibrant artistry and revolutionary history of Ghana inspires an immersive, electrifying celebration of dance.
Now in its 46th year, DanceAfrica presents a choreographic and musical journey through the past and present of Ghanaian culture, connecting ancestral traditions to contemporary achievements on the BAM stage.
Featuring performances by the National Theater of Ghana's National Dance Company, the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers, Arkestra Africa with Musical Director K. Osei Williams featuring Afropop vocalist Amma Whatt and BAM Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble, this year’s tribute to Ghanaian excellence promises to entertain, educate, and empower.
The National Dance Company was established in 1962 as part of the Ghana Dance Ensemble by the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The ensemble aimed to preserve and promote traditional Ghanaian dance forms while incorporating modern elements.
In 1992, the National Theatre of Ghana was opened in Accra, the capital city. Over the years, the Ensemble evolved into the National Dance Company, gaining recognition both within Ghana and internationally. The company expanded its repertoire to include contemporary choreography, fusion of traditional and modern dance forms, and collaborations with other international dance companies.
The National Dance Company has played a vital role in preserving Ghanaian cultural heritage, highlighting the rich traditions, storytelling, and rhythmic expressions of Ghanaian dance forms.
Today, the National Dance Company continues to be an integral part of Ghana's cultural landscape, combining tradition with innovation to create captivating performances that embody the spirit of Ghanaian dance and contribute to the country's artistic legacy.
BK Reader went behind the scenes during one of the national dance company's rehearsals to offer you a sneak peak into the rhythm, the legacy and the joy you can expect find onstage this weekend at DanceAfrica.
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