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#WeeklyPick | Get enthralled by infectious African drum and dance in Queens on Saturday
It’s time to get your groove on. Actually, it’s time to get your many, many grooves on.
Flushing Town Hall will present a high-energy afternoon of African music, movement, and merriment with Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The fun will kick off at 1 pm with an interactive arts workshop. Diomande, a master dancer from the Ivory Coast, will teach some steps and call out some rhythms that accompany the movements. With live drumming, the session will culminate with participants shaking their stuff. Tickets are $7, but children pay only $4.
A quick break, and then Diomande & Kotchegna will take the stage at 2:15 pm to delight and inspire those present. Of course, the show will include colorful clothing, exuberant song, vibrant dancing, and the exciting rhythms of djembe and doundoun drums. Audience members can also expect call-and-response chants, drum solos, and a finale with their participation. Tickets are $13, but children pay only $8.
Diomande hails from northwest Ivory Coast. Almost from birth, he started learning the sacred dance and drum traditions of his Mahouka people, including Gue-Pelou, a stilt dance. Soon thereafter, he joined the Ballet National de Cote D’Ivoire, where he trained in the traditional dances of more than 60 ethnic groups, while choreographing and touring Africa, Asia, and Australia. After 15 years as a principal dancer, he broke away and established his own troupe, L’Ensemble Kokiegna d’Abidjan. In 1994, he re-launched with the name “Kotchegna Dance Company” in New York City. Watch him in action here.
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Images: Flushing Town Hall