Accra-based cultural group Dzen Nako has put up a splendid imaginative performance “Diema” and cultural dance to entertain an audience at the Ghana National Theatre in Accra.
The performance was during the occasion of the 5th edition of the Ghana Theatre Festival which took place from the 24th to 29th September, 2019 at the National Theatre of Ghana.
With influences from several Ghanaian traditional dance, one could clearly notice the commitment of the dancers as they move in near flawless formations.
Choreographed by Hyde Edmond, “Diema” is indeed a thrilling, magnificent and spectacular performance that is packed with rhythm, songs, dance and drumming that appear to raise the roof of the theatre as loud cheers and applause greet every scene.
With soft, nimble and swift movements alongside flailing arms, wrists, hands and heads, the dancers sometimes move in unison while interspersing delicate moves with solos and duets that move in harmony with tunes from the orchestra.
Undeniably, the use of traditional dances from several cultures by the choreographer dazzled the crowd who applauded while showcasing their appreciation for a highly contemporary production that has its heart firmly implanted in ancient traditions.
Employing energetic drumming alongside inflections from Kpanlogo pieces and Adowa, the orchestra together with the dancers engaged the audience in a dialogue as they made explorations into the idiosyncratic world of music and dance.
With shakers and other light instruments made available, the enthusiastic members of the audience joined the fun as they play the instruments at the least opportunity -sometimes interfering with refreshing sounds from the orchestra.
The event was organised by the National Theatre of Ghana which is indeed poised to treat theatre lovers to an amazing weekend of exciting performances.