Vashon Center for the Arts will welcome back Gansango Music & Dance for a live-streamed performance of contemporary and traditional African dance and drumming, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Gansango is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a choreographer and teacher based in Seattle. Artists in the Gansango company perform regularly in the Seattle area, nationally and internationally for audiences of all ages.
The company draws on music and movement traditions from across the African continent, including the dance and music traditions of Benin, Ghana and Togo, among other countries. Frequently, the group performs traditional dances from Benin, including ritualistic dances, social ceremony dances and royal historical dances.
Live drums (djembé, djun-djun and paholé) and percussion (shaker and bell) accompany the group’s modern dance arrangements while colorful costumes provide cultural context for Gansango’s dance shows.
There is a $10 suggested donation for the performance.