I’ve followed the Accra Theatre Workshop group via social media since it first began two years ago but had yet to attend any of their programs, like the annual “Summer Shakespeare” or their more recent “An African Walks into a Psychiatrists Office” which actually featured an adapted performance of my Virus short story. And so last Wednesday I arrived at the Alliance Francaise institute in Accra to witness the preview of their new experimental dance performance with reasonably high expectations. I was simply blown away.
This description of the performance is taken from the Accra Theatre Workshop blog:
In the piece, Little Warrior, our protagonist, has to navigate four worlds that hang in the balance between sleep and waking. The preview taking place on Wednesday 25th June 2014 will take the audience through two of those worlds, exploring concepts of afrofuturism and identity through movement, sound, and spectacle.
The first world, Dreamscape, is an expression of modern escapism and a criticism of the established order which accepts wholesale the social constructs impressed on us. This world is anchored in dance, and in ritualized movement.
The second world, Monsters, is a visceral study in the human reaction to fear, and a deconstruction of the term “fight or flight”. This world employs puppets and stage combat.
Overall, these two worlds serve as a commentary on how we as human beings can allow situations, internal or external, to hold us back from our full potential.
Dreamscape was an energetic, mesmerizing rollercoaster ride across an imaginary soundscape, with a score encompassing genres from trip hop to house and even hardcore dubstep. The narrative was ingeniously worked into the dancer’s movements, and although some aspects were not entirely comprehensible (at least, to a layman like myself), the overarching theme of the story was well presented and powerfully conveyed.
This performance boldly pushes the boundaries of the Ghanaian theatre scene and speaks volumes about the talent and vision of the creator Elisabeth Efua Sutherland and director Emelia Asiedu. If you happen to find yourself in Accra during the month of November, you might want to get yourself a ticket to the full performance of Dreamscape, which will undoubtedly be an incredible experience. And you can be sure to find me there (in the back row, bobbing my head when the bassline drops).