Ye Si Gesher
Commissioned by The Israeli Embassy in Accra, Ghana
In partnership with The University of Ghana
In participation with:
Ghana National Dance Company
The Great African Heritage Ensemble
The Ghana Dance Ensemble
A work for 150 dancers, instrumental musicians and a choir
Premiered in 2019
The Israeli Embassy in Ghana invited Oded Ronen Choreography to Accra with a dual aim: to expose local Ghanaian dancers to Israeli contemporary dance, through the works Capsule and Whale Dream, and to create a new work involving the local dance community. Over a short period of time, Oded and his team – Ligal Melamed and Ofer Lachish, created a full length work. For this production the major dance companies of Ghana came together, as well as different musicians and a choir, to create a work 80 minutes long. With a limited amount of time and a great deal of determination, the resulting work included a fusion of styles, ranging from contemporary dance to the traditional, celebrating this rare cooperation between the nations.
The name of the show, Ye Si Gesher, translates as “we built a bridge”.
Israeli Ambassador in Ghana: Shani Cooper
Producer of the project: Daniel Silberman