Abibigromma goes digital

Abibigromma, the resident theatre group of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana since its inception in 1983 finally goes digital offering electronic tickets in partnership with Tiqeet.

Starting on the 27th of March 2014 in partnership with Tiqeet, Abibigromma is joining the elite league of productions houses that offer their most valuable clients and patrons extra convenience and comfort in purchasing ticket for their shows. With the recent wave of technology and its immense advantages it makes no sense for the model for repertory theatre that facilitates learning, research and experimentation not to adopt the latest innovation in the industry. Hence the partnership with Tiqeet.

Tiqeet is an event promotion and digital ticketing platform that enables event attendees to easily discover events and purchase tickets right from the convenience of their phones. It further provides intelligence on the attendees creating opportunities for quality feedback to improve events and increase engagements.  With inbuilt social media tools organizers, in this case Abibigromma, is able to reach all her faithful patrons and discover new ones through social media so effortlessly.

Among Abibigromma’s values include being a customer-oriented service which is why they happily embrace a service that makes it convenient for their faithful patrons to quickly discover their upcoming events and conveniently purchase tickets for the show. The first show to be sold on Tiqeet is Femi Osofisan’s classic comedy, “ Such is Life” directed by Grace Uche Adinku of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana. The play opens at 7:00 pm (GMT) on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March 2014 at the E.T.S. Drama Studio.

Aside Abibigromma’s research activities, they in partnership with various institutions undertake series of educational tours, workshops in dramatic literature and social awareness programs. They also provide rich and colourful as well as authentic cultural entertainment at state functions, corporate events and social occasion upon request.

Just an email (abibigromma@ug.edu.gh ) away, they promise to deliver graceful and breathtaking performances any day. Meantime why not get a ticket for Such is Life

Abibigromma goes digital with SUCH IS LIFE

Disrupt the power structures

With the increasing rate of corruption and the impunity with which people brandish this fetid wave of moral decadence and abuse of public office in the country, there is cause to disrupt the power structures to make room for fresh ideas, innovation and forward thinking people with moral integrity to drive the nation to its proverbial promise land. That is what inspired co-directors Kobina Hagan and Esther Ohemaa Adjei, both National Service personnel at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts to engage discerning members of the  our society rethink our future as a nation.

The perfect play to drive home this point for them is Wole Soyinka’s 1965 masterpiece, Kongi’s Harvest. President Kongi, the dictator of a developing country tries to move the country forward by any means necessary. However, he has the odious task of unifying the nation and making them believe in his ideas. To accomplish this he makes all government officials dress in traditional African wear and even seeks the council of Oba Danlola, the traditional ruler he disposed. To affirm his superior rule he requires Oba Danlola to present to him the ceremonial yam from the harvest at a state event. This will symbolize the complete transfer of power and total abdication of the traditional ruler to him.

To further immortalize himself he contemplates naming the ceremony in perpetuity after himself.  Kongi also hand picks his “council” of leaders to draft a five year development plan to unify and develop the country. These sycophants, as they turn out to be, seem by their obsequiousness abetted Kongi’s transmogrification into a grotesque dictator.

How have we in our silence or looking the other way, servility and eagerness to please people in power for the sake of stuffing our bellies or for whatever fleeting privileges contributed to the stunted growth of our country? Soyinka seems to ask.

Aptly interspersed with humor, rich African proverbs (most of them difficult to decipher), graceful and complementing imagery, the 110 minute long play grips the attention of discerning audiences eliciting a wide range of emotions and provoking thoughts. The equally splendid performance was nothing short of a School of Performing Arts standard; appropriate costuming, excellent articulation, aesthetic elegance and verve. The gracefully choreographed dances by the genteel bevies is a sight to behold.

Well, it is a Soyinka play. There is definitely something I have missed. Something deeper, sublime and elusively obvious. Why not take a trip to the E.T. S. Drama Studio today and catch the last run of Kongi’s Harvest on 22nd and 23rd of March, 2014.

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Bukom relocates to the National Theatre

The Ghana Dance Ensemble relocates the city of Bukom to the National Theatre on the 14th and 15th of March 2014 in the most aesthetically captivating and elating fashion not seen on our local scene in a very long time.

Bukom is a suburb of Accra, a well known fishing community renowned for producing prolific boxers of international acclaim; Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and the famous boxer cum philosopher, Braimah Isaac Kamoko ( aka Bukom Banku) to mention a few. The city exudes authentic Ga culture with a healthy blend of modernization and tradition. Kpanlogo, kolomashie, gome are a few of the dance repertoire found in Bukom. Contemporary dance types such as Azonto and Al’Qaida  also reign in this town.

The socio economic landscape of the city seems quite unfavorable as the majority of the population are either old folks or not highly educated in the formal sense hence forcing most of them to settle for low skill low pay jobs resulting in high crime rates and teenage pregnancy incidents. There seem to be a major neglect by major stakeholder in the community’s development. A major reason the Ghana Dance Ensemble felt the need to relocate the entire city to the National Theatre.

After a heartfelt welcome with the pulsating rhythms of Atsea from the Volta region and Jera from the Northern region the curtain lifts elegantly to grant the audience a peek into Bukom. The dance-drama unfolds relating the story of Amartey, a victim of a broken home and premature exposure to social vices and gang activities or “streetism” if you may, he becomes deviant preferring gangs to school. One gang raid goes south  and he loses his mother in the process. That leads to a turning point in his life: he vows to take responsibility for his own future and make a positive impact on his society. He enlists in the security service and eventually succeeds at breaking major gang operation in the city.

Bukom, artfully choreographed by Prof. Nii Yartey and directed by Nii-Tete Yartey, the artistic director of the ensemble, strives to inspire individuals in communities to take their destinies in their own hands, as it were, and become the change they seek. The performers, elegantly costumed leaves no doubt about their roles or origin. They exude the typical verve of the jama atmosphere that characterizes the lively and youthful Ga recreational scenes. There were ample moments of hearty laughs, voluntary applause and a sense of finality and elation when curtains came down gracefully.

Founded in 1962 under the directorship of Professor Emeritus J. H Nketia the Ghana Dance Ensemble (National Dance Company) has the mandate to help preserve and develop Ghana’s traditional dance forms and also develop a pool of professional dancers to strengthen the cultural and artistic image of Ghana through dance both at home and abroad. The  Ghana Dance Ensemble plans to liven up our stage with captivating and inspiring performances throughout the year.  Tiqeet will bring you updates. For now here is a sneak-peek of Bukom.

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

A scene from Bukom, Ghana Dance Enssenble

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How dare you? (V. Monologues Series. Part 3)

Pages Matam’s spoken word piece stirs such deep feelings of rage against people who not only participate in violating the sanctity of women’s sexuality and ridding them of innocence even before they know what has happened to them but also those who trivialize such grave issues. Over 89,000 cases of rape are recorded annually in the US alone and countries like Lesotho, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden, Korea, New Zealand and United States are among the top countries where rape is prevalent according to Statistics Brain.

Somewhere, this week, this night a woman will be raped, a child’s innocence will be  stripped from away from her and will have to deal with this trauma the rest of her life. A life is destroyed, a future corrupted and dreams dashed as a result of this violation.

How must we as a society deal with this? Are you a victim? Can you share how you dealt with this? Do you know someone who survived this? Share.  What should be done to perpetrators? How do we prevent this all together?

Remember the Vagina Monologues show is at the National Theatre on the 14th and 15th. Tickets are available on Tiqeet or the nearest shopping mall in Accra.

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Obenewa is an alum of the University of Ghana School or Performing Arts who plays multiple roles in this piece including a devastated victim of sexual violence.

If it is not on… (V. Monologues Series. Part 2)

 If it’s not on…

It is a cold evening. The air is chilly and gentle. The breeze is lulling and you are all by yourselves. The touch is warm and the embrace inviting. The weather is just ideal. A kiss, a gentle caress. All seem to be going well… it looks like it is going to happen. But you are not sure if he came prepared. What if asking will upset him and make him change his mind? What if he didn’t come prepared? Would you risk it all for a moment’s pleasure? Your heart is already racing and the breathing is in good rhythm. Do you ask the question now or consider his good looks and assume he is safe?

Protection is the subject today. What would you do in that situation? What do you advise? Have you been in that situation before?

Vagina Monologues presents us with yet another issue for contemplation. For a moment’s pleasure, people make choices that cost them their lives. By the time you finish reading this blog post  a significant number of  people would have died of HIV/AIDS around the world. This is common knowledge and yet people still make risky compromises. Why are they hesitant to ask their partners to get protections? Why do people take such risks knowing well the stakes?

Let’s hear your thoughts.

Get more details on Vagina Monologues on Tiqeet

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Bush or no bush? – Vagina Monologues Series (Part 1)

BUSH OR NO BUSH?

On the 14th and 15th of February, 2014 the National Theatre will be lit with ear tingling, rising emotions and plainly shocking revelations around the enigmatic sexuality of women. Running for the third time at the National Theatre of Ghana in Accra, Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues inspires conversations about the sexuality of women, which society and religion have suppressed for ages, rendering the topic a taboo. The title itself creates shock and turns heads in some cultures.

Every year around the world in colleges and play centers on Val’s Day, Vagina Monologues is run to create awareness and drive conversations around the sexuality of women for social change that will lend a more positive attitude towards women and reduce sexual violence. This year, Global Art and Development Centre (GADEC) under the artistic directorship of Abdul Karim Hakib is leading the way.

Five beautiful and talented actresses assume characters who have had various sexual experiences, carrying us into their world of pleasure, turmoil and sometimes unspeakable pain. Some stories will arouse you sexually, some will shock you and some will move you to tears. Let’s start with the first character, an unnamed woman married to a man who prefers her all shaved. She tries to please him but she gets irritations and bumps. It makes her uncomfortable in her own body and even the pleasure of sex is lessened as a result of the aggravation and pain. She reverts to “bush-bush” and this upsets the man so much that he takes to town. The marriage begins to suffer as a result. Even after she returns to shaving, the man still goes to town. Marriage on the rock, woman unsatisfied and husband about town. Who can she talk to? Is it even allowed for her to talk about it? How easy is it to discuss this?

This subject may seem trivial to some, especially the men who may not appreciate the importance of honoring a woman’s body and  her sexuality. However, the issue still remains: a woman’s body and sexuality can affect not only how she enjoys lovemaking (or otherwise), the extent of her participation and her general outlook. What about the health implications for her?

This raises several questions. What should a woman in that situation do? Should she sacrifice her health and body for  her husband’s preference, especially since it could become an excuse for infidelity on the part of the man? If you are a woman, what do you advise? If you are a man, how can you help the situation? Share your experiences and thoughts. Some woman you know is in this situation right now.

See short preview here.

Sirina is a final year student at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts. She plays multiple roles in this play one of them being the unnamed woman who struggles with pleasing her husband at the expense of her sexual health in order to save her marriage.

Sirina is a final year student at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts. She plays multiple roles in this play one of them being the unnamed woman who struggles with pleasing her husband at the expense of her sexual health in order to save her marriage.

Welcome to a whole new experience

Welcome

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