Israel, Ghana celebrate ‘dance bridges’

The Israeli embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with the University of Ghana Dance Department, has held a week-long dance festival dubbed ‘Choreographic performance’ to climax its dance festival dubbed ‘Israel-Ghana Dance Bridges Week’...


The Israeli embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with the University of Ghana Dance Department, has held a week-long dance festival dubbed ‘Choreographic performance’ to climax its dance festival dubbed ‘Israel-Ghana Dance Bridges Week’.

The event, which began from Monday, 11 – Saturday, 16 March 2019, celebrated traditional, folk and contemporary dance acts with Israeli and Ghanaian dancers creating an atmosphere of commonalities between the two cultures.

It was climaxed with a choreographic performance titled ‘YE SI GESHER’ which means ‘We built a Bridge’ on Saturday and was a result of intense master class collaboration between Israeli Choreographer Oded Ronen, the dance students of the University of Ghana, the National Dance Company, the Great African Heritage Ensemble and the Ghana Dance Ensemble.

It explored the myriad movement systems that were developed to highlight the purpose for building bridges to bring Ghana and Israel together.

The piece also highlighted individual struggles and passion, and the collective power of working together with Israeli-Ghanaian dance performances such as Capsule by Oded Ronen and Ligal Melamed; as well as an Israel-Ghana folk dance with Chen Laimer and the Kusun Dance Ensemble; coupled with the screening of an Israeli contemporary dance movie.

The event also witnessed symbolic individual pieces like Oded Ronen’s solo “Whale Dream” and Kofi Anthonio’s “Tribute”, a piece in honour of Ghanaian ethnomusicologist and composer Professor Emeritus Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, who died on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

Interacting with the media, Shani Cooper, the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, said: “When we understand each other through movement and dance, it helps us to understand each other politically as two states and two people.”

For his part, the Head of the Dance Department, University of Ghana, Dr Sylvanus Kwashie Kuwor explained that the performances sought to promote communal existence and international cohesion. According to him, the Dance Department will, through this collaboration, establish a module that could be used to enhance international relations on the cultural level.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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