German and Ghanaian audiences were treated to a night of creative poetry, energetic dancing and laughter in three different performances dubbed “Meeting With Sitou” at the Goethe Institute last Thursday.
The night opened with comical poetry recitals about the nature of Ghanaians entitled “You Know You Are a Ghanaian” performed by students from Accra Academy and Accra Wesley Girls Senior High Schools.
The poetry sent the audience laughing as the students entered one after the other reading out the poem of how Ghanaians typically behave. They also treated the crowd to a well choreographed Azonto dance.
A student of NAFTI, Yaw Jecky spiced up the night with more laughter as he performed a song on the effects of smoking marijuana entitled “One Roll”.
The main performance of the night was a two hour dance and sketch piece, “Meeting With Sitou”, done by a Tutor at the Goethe Institute Hayford Anyidoho and a Togolese professional dancer and comedian, Francis Dzidzo-Blassou.
Their comic sketch, done in German, French and English touched the audience who applauded and laughed accordingly.
At a point of their sketch, the two, who were now bare-chested, distributed some card boards with inscriptions on them to the audience. This was meant to be pasted on the walls of the stage as an exhibition of writings on card boards telling stories of the lives of the performers.
The greatest act of the night was Francis Dzidzo-Blassou who did the energetic and emotionally charged dance piece known as “Sitou” for more than an hour. Sitou is a piece of dance which tells the story of the dancer’s life. It is about his encounters with different people from different cultural backgrounds and their influence on his life.
The dancer did a mixture of hiphop, ballet, and African dance to depict the meaning of Sitou. “Sitou is about dancing with all the emotions one can think of. It is about telling a story through music, body and soul. It was a dance I invented in 2008.” Francis said.
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