Tell us about how you’ve collaborated with other Sydney-based global artists to fuse contemporary dance and music
Collaboration is inspiration and how I find a voice outside of my tradition. When I collaborate with other cultural artists and musicians we find a new voice together.
INFUSION No Movement, No Sound is a work that has been years in the making.
The title of the work relates to an African proverb, which connects sound (music) and movement (dance) as existing as one in my culture. So if you have no movement, you have no sound and vice versa. One does not exist without the other.
When I arrived in Australia I started to collaborate with dancers and musicians here and in 2015. I choreographed and produced my first intercultural fusion work, Jamestown! A tribute to the neighbourhood I am from in Accra, Ghana which included tap dance, body percussion, drumming and gumboot dancing and singing. This was the birth of the Jamestown Collective in Australia. In 2017, I then expanded the collective to include a balophone (African xylophone), more drums, a tabla player, a cajon and a keyboard player and gumboot dancing from South Africa.
INFUSION is a collaboration with six artists that now includes spoken word and video installations. The work draws on my Ghanaian culture and the spirit of African innovation as well as Senegalese, Indian, Greek/Spanish, Jamaican Canadian cultures and musical traditions and our very own Anglo Australian tap dancer. When the Jamestown Collective come together it is a mixing post of contemporary and traditional creativity