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Understanding Dundunba 2015 - Gbada

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Published on Oct 13, 2015

Some impressions from the „Understanding Dundunba“- Workshop with Daniel Preissler
Organized by Taxi Brousse & Hamana.de

About the Workshop:

UNDERSTANDING DUNDUNBA - a different way to learn African Dance!
DANIEL PREISSLER teaches Dundunba basics and essentials from the villages of Upper Guinea.

That is to say we learn the basic steps and echauffement parts of the different musical pieces and internalise them. From the start we will get used to dance the steps alone and in contact with the musicians.

As the music is rather complex, we will approach the musical structures by hand clapping and singing the pieces' melodies.

Later the workshop will closely follow the rules of a village festival: More relaxed phases with slower dancing in a huge circle and focalized group dancing (echauffements) follow each other. We will create more and more complex sequences. Just like in the villages, we will add parts of solo dance from time to time.

The most important aim of this workshop is to enable the participators to dance two echauffements in quick succession on their own and holding eye contact with djembe or sangban player – not only on these two days, but even weeks later!!!

We will dance to the musical piece Gbada (Bada). In Upper Guinea, it is this piece that is played for the most intensive parts of a Dundunba festival. Apart from the typical off beat structures of Dundunba pieces, Gbada shows a very unique “3 vs 4” structure which makes it quite difficult for Europeans to recognize the beat. In this workshop, we will dance on the beat as it is done in the piece's region of origin – not on the three sangban strokes as it is widely done during more modern festivals in the capital Conakry.

We will finish both days with the typical going-home Dundunba piece Lumatadundun.

The challenge for experienced dancers are the leading of a group and variations of the solo or echauffement steps.

One more thing: The highly elaborated steps of the master dancers will not be part of this workshop. The subjects here are the basis, the understanding and the internalization of these dances and their music in both, their power and complexity.

LUKAS ZIMMERLI and other experienced musicians who know best about the connection of Dundunba pieces and their dances are in charge of the musical accompaniment.

More about us: www.taxi-brousse.ch or www.hamana.de

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