January 20th the Karshner Museum features Gansango, an African drumming, percussion, dance
and cultural group from Seattle. Traditional dance from Benin is featured, including Vodoun
ritualistic dances, regional social ceremony dances, such as the Chenkoumé dance from
Savalou, and royal historical dances such as the Zehli dance from the late 1800’s.
The company draws on the stunning talent of a multicultural group of local and international
dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West
Africa. The company is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a teacher and
choreographer in Seattle, Washington.
In Gansango performances, drums and percussion accompany modern dance arrangements based
on traditional movement and rhythms and costumes from West Africa provide color and cultural
context for the dance.
During the day at the Karshner Museum Gansango will conduct a drumming workshop, and a dance
workshop both for all ages and will perform. Audience participation is encouraged.
Come enjoy this wonderful Cultural performance by a truly wonderful and talented group.
FREE for everyone!