25 June 2014

Ghana: Dance Project in the Chest of a Woman Launched

press release

The National Theatre in collaboration with the French Embassy has launched a dance project" in the chest of a woman" to commemorate the death of Ghanaian writer and dramatist, the late Efo Kodjo Mawugbe.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture &Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu- Adjare, in her address said the Dance project fell under the partnership agreement between the national theatre and the Alliance Francias in Ghana for the production of a dance piece based on Efo Kodjo Mawugbe's " in the chest of a Woman".

Hon. Ofosu- Adjare added that the project also had a component for production of a dramatic piece to be derived from the works of Efo Kodjo Mawugbe.

She noted that the technical staff from the other two participating countries (Ghana and France) would interact through workshops and master classes with the sector in Ghana.

According to her, the form and content of the project fitted perfectly into the grand agenda for the sustainable development and promotion of the creative arts in Ghana and abroad.

"It is my hope and expectation that the planned auditions for the various segments for the project will be carried out in a fair and transparent manner so as to attract the best crop of artistes for the most beautiful rendition of the choreographed pieces," she added.

Hon. Ofosu- Adjare urged the private sector and the donor community to support the project with cash and in kind in order to make that brilliant project a reality.

The Director of Alliance Français of Ghana, Mrs. Stephanie Soleansky on her part stated that she was really proud that her organisation would support that ambitious artistic co-production.

Mrs Soleansky, however, revealed that France would support the project based on the work of such an outstanding writer and personality as Efo Kodjo Mawugbe.

She explained that the French Embassy was truly seduced by the idea of a project that would merge artistic talents from all the three countries involved, from three different cultures, leading to the creation of a totally new contemporary choreographic piece.

In his welcome address, the Artistic Director of National Dance Company, Mr Nii Tete Yartey said the National Theatre's goal was to present transcending experiences through performance.

He further explained that from the workshop four artists would be selected to go to Cote d'Ivoire to join artists from their workshop to begin the work on the dance which would be premiered in Ghana in March 2015.

Source: ISD (Solomon K.W Tetteh)

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