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Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium 10.11 (Fri) 8pm

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  • $260
  • $200
  • Some seats may have a restricted view
    $140

Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium 12.11 (Sun) 3pm

  • $320
  • $260
  • $200
  • Some seats may have a restricted view
    $140

DAFRA Drum - West African Drum and Dance Ensemble | Burkina Faso

Tlé (The Sun)

10.11 (Fri) 8pm

12.11 (Sun) 3pm

Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium

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Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

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Approx. 1 hour without intermission

DAFRA Drum - West African Drum and Dance Ensemble | Burkina Faso

Tlé (The Sun)

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“They make you want to move, twitch your hips, dance as freely as if no one were around to see” The Press of Atlantic City

“Authentic, organic, amazing”Performing Arts Review, Taiwan

Let the passion of West African dance and music sweep you to your feet

“Tlé” means “the Sun” in Jula, a West African language, symbolising the light in the lives of African people.

In this spectacular dance performance, directed by Burkina Faso’s award-winning choreographer Olivier Tarpaga, the diversity of Africa’s rich choreographic heritage is on show, along with vivacious live music. Set in the courtyard of an African king, Tlé powerfully combines the energy and precision of Burkina Faso’s leading dancers, interweaving joyful rhythms and dynamic routines with traditional wrestling, griot singing, and dancing with sacred mask, to bring the excitement of the country’s festive celebrations to Hong Kong.

The talented Tarpaga excels in both music and dance art forms and has a repertoire of styles extending from traditional to contemporary. Over the past 22 years, he has performed and taught in over 50 countries around the world, receiving numerous honours, including the Lester Horton Dance Award and a USA National Dance Project Touring Grant.

Your passport to the vibrant world of West Africa’s Manding people awaits!

Director / Choreographer
Olivier Tarpaga
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  • Meet-the-artist session after the performance on 10 November
  • With dance and drum workshops
  • Photo: Margo Tamizé

DAFRA Drum-West African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Dance Workshop

The workshop is a intensive West African dance experience focused on the rhythm of the dansa celebration. Emphasis is placed on groundedness, polyrhythm, and position of the head, torso, legs and arms, as well as isolated articulation of the body. Along with live music, the class is high impact and cardiovascular, with lots of moving, chanting and breathing.
Instructors
Olivier Tarpaga (Artistic Director)
Esther Baker-Tarpaga (Production Rehearsal Director)
Company dancers
8.11 (Wed) 7:30pm-9pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Backstage Level 8 GR2
$160 Quota: 20
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In English
Suitable for aged 16 or above
Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes and socks (bare feet highly recommended)

Drum Workshop [FULL]

A hands-on experience with djembe and dundun drums. Participants will acquire skills and techniques for dansa festival drumming and develop an appreciation of how the percussive art form is incorporated into daily life in West Africa.
Instructors
Olivier Tarpaga (Artistic Director)
Flatie Dembele (Griot)
Company musicians
12.11 (Sun) 5:15pm-6:45pm
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Exhibition Gallery
$160 Quota: 20
FULL
In English
Please bring your own drum
Suitable for aged 16 or above with basic music training
Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes, socks and shoes