Dance in Ghana—The Essence of a People


February 21, 2014 - 12:30pm


University Capitol Centre,

Contact Name: 

Sonia Gunderson

This event is a part of the Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series. Bring your lunch, and learn from alumni and current grantees about their Fulbright experiences. Presentations will last 20–30 minutes, allowing time for discussion and socializing. All meetings will be held in University Capitol Centre Room 1117.

Dance in Ghana—The Essence of a People

Date: Friday, February 21, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Presented by: Claudia Melrose, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Dance Former Guest Artist, UI Department of Dance

Professor Melrose received a Fulbright grant to share a modern dance perspective with the National Dance Company of Ghana in order to expand the company's choreographic options for international stages and audiences. While there, she had the opportunity to observe Ghanian dances in their villages of origin and to understand how integral dance and music are to the fabric of daily living—how, in fact, they create and sustain community. This experience made her realize that the essential power of dance/music as expressed in traditional settings can never be fully conveyed in performance venues devoid of cultural context. Her presentation will explore this dichotomy and include video clips of Ghanian dance.

This series is co–sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association and University of Iowa International Programs. For more information, contact Sonia Gunderson, sonia–