GCF Creative Associate Artist Nii Kwartey Owoo is assembling a carnival dance troupe for the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

The Kweku Ananse Troupe is a contemporary processional and stage dance choreographed by Nii Kwartey Owoo. It is inspired by the archetypal West African character of Kweku Ananse (the spider) and his role in bridging cross-cultural traditions from a ‘trickster’ to a symbol of resistance and rebellion.

Nii examines the folkloric stories and traditions that travelled with Kweku Ananse from Ghana to America and Europe during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through movements, sound, spoken word, imagery and symbolism. Presenting contemporary issues of power shift, polytricks and humanity.

Drawing from traditions, ancestral practices and knowledge found across Africa this personal artistic journey encounters to speak to the trickster within us.

“The trickster is not God nor a god but you, your very own self”

The troupe is open to all dancers – young and old, families and children. Workshops and rehearsals will commence every Friday from 28th June at the BAME HUB in Chapeltown for only £2.

 There are also studio sessions for volunteer dancers that are interested in performing alongside his troupe of professional and intermediate dancers on these dates: 

8th July to 12th July

22nd July to 26th July

19th August to 23rd August

Please contact Nii for more information: nii@miishe.com