Occurs on Thursday February 27 2020

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Kay White Hall Theater
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

× Thursday February 27 | 7:30pm
$10 Student, $20 VCA Member, $22 Senior, $25 General

Gansango Music & Dance And Vashon Center for the Arts present “Round-Trip Africa,” a performance of contemporary and traditional African dance and drumming.

Gansango is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a choreographer and teacher based in Seattle, Washington. Gansango company collaborating artists perform regularly in the Seattle area, nationally and internationally for audiences of all ages.

The company performances fuse music and movement from across the African continent, drawing heavily from the dance and music traditions of Benin, Ghana and Togo, among other countries. Instruction and shows often feature traditional dance from Benin, including 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.

Live drums (djembé, djun-djun and paholé) and percussion (shaker and bell) accompany modern dance arrangements based on traditional movement while colorful costumes provide cultural context for Gansango’s dance shows.


Thursday Feb 27 at 10am African Showcase Visit Africa for a day! This school assembly for middle and high schoolers is an interactive assembly by dancers and drummers from Gansango Music & Dance. It is an entertaining and educational performance of traditional and contemporary rhythms and moves.

Thursday February 27 at 4pm Contemporary West African Dance Workshop Presented by teaching artists from Gansango Music & Dance All ages | No experience necessary $15 per person Registration and more information coming soon

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