By John Owoo
(In Abidjan – La Côte d’Ivoire)
Les Guirivoires group from La Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday lighted up the Palais de la Culture with varied traditional dance pieces during an animated performance at MASA 2020, which ended last Saturday with dissimilar performances.
Accompanied by a wide variety of drumming, the dancers moved severally and jointly as they showcased a choreographed piece on traditional dances that ranged from initiation rites to courtship and other ceremonial dances.
Clad in colorful costumes with some dancers sporting bare but painted breasts, the group dazzled the audience with brisk forward and sideward thrusts of arms alongside rippling gestures and gyrating waists.
“It was an elegant performance – undeniably, they worked their way into the hearts and souls of the crowd like a delicate rose flower”, said Maurice Andre, a teacher from the French capital, Paris.
Each segment is filled with inventive dance details together with solos and duets that are sensitive exploits of remarkable springs on stage. Indeed, the dancers moved with grace and elegance as the audience watched with keen attention.
Exhibiting dedication and astute skill – they displayed gusty and jumpy delivery with an enviably well drilled precision – alongside rousing natural togetherness, thereby drawing cheers and applause in the process.
Les Guirivoires was formed by Ivorian / American actress, singer, songwriter and playwright Marie Rose Guiraud, who was initiated into dance at a tender age and began her artistic career as a spiritual dancer and traditional singer at the age of four.
She is the founder/director of several social and charitable institutions including Private School of Dance and Cultural Exchange, Fondation Guiraud MR/EDEC and two dance companies in Côte d’Ivoire – Les Guirivoires and Les Guirettes.
In the United States of America, she created the NGO Société 501 (C3) Guiraud McDonnald Cultural Exchange Inc and the Guirivoire Danse Théâtre Company, which is based in New York.
The Market for African Performing Arts Abidjan festival ends on Saturday March 14, 2020.