CHOREOMUNDUS ALUMNI INVOLVED IN THE MAIDEN EDITION OF THE HERITAGE THEATRE SERIES TO BE STAGED IN GHANA
By: Baffour Awuah
Eric Baffour Awuah, an alumni of the first Choreomundus cohort and Miss Sena Atsugah an MFA in dance candidate at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana direct the dance sections of the first ever Heritage Theatre Series in Ghana. The Heritage Theatre series is an artistic attempt of re-enacting the history of Ghana from ancient to modern times through a series of choreographies and plays. The first production, entitled Wogbe Jeke: The Birth of a nation, is scheduled for the 4th of July at the National Theatre of Ghana. The play will tell the story of Ghana from the migration and settlement of major ethnic groups through to the periods of slave trade, colonialism and the struggle for independence. The play ends at the declaration of independence by the first president of Ghana Osaagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The dance section of the whole theatre series is directed by two choreographers who bring to this production a vast knowledge within the fields of dance as heritage and the genre of African Contemporary dance choreographic techniques. Awuah was a member of the first cohort of the Choreomundus International Master in dance knowledge, practice and heritage master program and graduated with an MA. Having studied in four of the most prestigious universities in Europe namely NTNU - Norway, Université Blaise Pascal - France, University of Szeged - Hungary, and Roehampton University - England, Awuah brings to this production a lot of experience within the fields of dance and heritage studies. As such this production benefits from his experiences as a performer, choreographer, and scholar who is abreast with current discussions within the fields of dance, heritage and ethnochoreology.
Miss Sena Atsugah brings to this production a vast knowledge of the African contemporary dance genre coupled with her experiences in performing on national and international stages. As a young and zealous performer, Sena adds a drive that surpasses her peers within this field in Ghana. Currently in her final year in the MFA dance program at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, she is an academic and a passionate propagator of dance in the educational curricula in Ghana and the rest of West Africa.
The play, written and produced by Chief Moomen, and sponsored by Key Soap (Unilever Ghana Ltd), is set for the 4th and 5th of July, 2015 at the National Theatre and at 1600GMT and 2000GMT each day. The production boasts of a total cast of about 150 performers and is directed by young and zealous alumni of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.
Rehearsals are currently on going and the choreographers together with the entire production team are excited and confident that they would stage what would be an exciting and epic performance.
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