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Dazzling fusion of African dance

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February 26, 2016

African Asanti Dance Theatre performs at Eastbank on Saturday.

African Asanti Dance Theatre performs at Eastbank on Saturday.

African dance comes to Shepparton this weekend with a dazzling fusion of contemporary and traditional styles.

Asanti Dance Theatre is internationally recognised as a leader in traditional, modern and Afro-contemporary dance choreography.

The company will perform the uplifting dance piece Sankofa at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre on Saturday.

The performance has been created by Australia’s leading African dancer/ choreographer Appiah Annan and will feature guest artists from Ghana along with some of Australia’s most talented Afro-contemporary performers.

The Ghanian Asanti Dance Theatre company has toured Africa, Europe, United Kingdom, Asia and Australia.

It has grown from a small group of dedicated artists into a worldwide theatre company, holding workshops and collaborations with visitors and local residents each year.

On settling in Australia in 2007, Annan established an Australian branch of Asanti Dance Theatre to bring Ghanaian and Australian communities closer together.

The company’s performances help to raise funds for the non-profit Nkabom Centre for the Arts, Creation, Innovation and Community Cultural Development, based in the small village of Dawurampong, Ghana.

See a preview of the dance skills at the Summer City Market in the Maude Street Mall on Saturday from 11.30am, before the full performance at Eastbank at 7.30pm.

To book, phone Riverlinks on 58329511.

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