West African Dance Showcase Sunday

April 26th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Godwin Abotsi

Godwin Abotsi, a traditional dancer from Ghana, will present a pair of events at SUNY Oneonta showcasing West African drumming and dancing this weekend.

On Saturday, April 27, Abotsi will give a West African Dance Workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Large Rehearsal Hall (M201) of the college’s Fine Arts Center.

On Sunday, April 28, Abotsi will be a featured performer at the college’s second annual West African Drum and Dance Showcase, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. The showcase will include performances by the SUNY Oneonta World Percussion Ensemble and Riverside Elementary School teacher Ken Sider’s third-grade class.

Both events are open to members of the community, with a suggested donation of $3 or one nonperishable food or household item per person.

Abotsi established relationships at the college and in the community last year as a semester-long artist-in-residence with the SUNY Oneonta Music Department. In addition to working with students in the college’s World Percussion Ensemble and children from Riverside Elementary School, he presented several workshops and community performances.

Abotsi began his dance career at the age of 18 when he was selected for a pilot community-based arts program directed by the National Commission on Culture in the Accra, Ghana, community of Mamobi. Since then, he has worked with several performing groups and traveled to Austria, Germany, South Africa and South Korea to pursue his craft.

Both events are sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Music Department, Center for Multicultural Experiences, Office of International Education, Office of Dean Thomas, Office of Provost Thompson, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

More information is available from Assistant Professor of Music Julie Licata at (607) 436-3441 or julie.licata@oneonta.edu.