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Agbadza is a music and dance form from Ghana that evolved from an older dance type called Atrikpui. However, it has changed its warlike form to become a very popular recreational dance type of the people in the southern part of the Volta Region of Ghana. As a social and a recreational music and dance form, its performance is open to everybody in the community, irrespective of class, age, sex and religion. Agbadza is normally performed in a circular area defined by drummers, singers and performers who are core members of the community.
The dance features contraction and expansion of the torso, and bird-like arm motion. Within the performance space, people move to dance as the mood strikes them, usually in small groups of two, four or more. The integral and spontaneous nature of the Agbadza music and dance performance enables community involvement and healing.
The circular formation in which the dance is structured, defines the spirituality and belief system of the people. They believe in the holistic nature of the universe, hence the circle formation gives them the opportunity to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and healing.
Performers from the Tifali Organisation (Accra, Ghana):
Sena Atsugah (Workshop Instructor / Dancer, Ghana)
Beatrice Sakyibea Nyarko (Dancer, Ghana)
Mawusi Nenonene (Dancer, USA)
Bernard Dablah (Dancer, Ghana)
Nathaniel Asamoah (Dancer, Ghana)
Gabriel Bokorvi (Dancer, Ghana)
Lenny Asharku Amoo (Drummer, Ghana)
Atsu Ablordey (Drummer, Ghana)
Daniel Babyi (Drummer, Ghana)
Bernard Dablah (Drummer, Ghana)
You are invited to discover and, if you feel moved by the rhythms, to participate in the Toboli (rounded) music and dance form of Abbadza with Sena Atsugah, the artistic director of the Tifali Organisation based in Accra. The circular formation in which the dance is structured, defines the spirituality and belief system of the people. They believe in the holistic nature of the universe, hence the circle formation gives them the opportunity to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and healing.
We hope that some participants may opt to support the work of Sena and the Tifali Organisation (Ghana) by not only purchasing a ticket and attending but also donating through the Intercultural Roots charity who are supporting their work (https://donorbox.org/interculturalroots).
Type of format: Performance with optional participation
Language: English with auto Close Captioning available
Duration of session: 60 minutes
Technical platform for the course: Zoom Pro
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Image Credits: Sena Atsugah and the Tifali Organisation, Ghana