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Kotchegna Dance Company to perform at Moravian - February 20

Kotchegna(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Kotchegna, a West African dance company composed of stilt dancers, eccentric costumes, and rhythmic drummers, will perform at Moravian College on Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 p.m., in Foy Concert Hall.

Vado Diomande, founder of Kotchegna Dance Company, specializes in Ivoirienne dance and music. In 1989, Diomande formed Kotchegna in his native country, Côte d'Ivoire. Through his choreography, Diomande promotes Ivoirienne culture, drawing upon over sixty different regional dance styles in Côte d'Ivoire.

The group of talented performers consists of ten dancers and three principal musicians. Although there are only three musicians, several types of percussion instruments are used in Kotchegna performances in order to create different moods. Some of these instruments include tambourines, rattles, claves, nungu drums, tabor drums, goblet drums, and kalengo drums.

Kotchegna has performed throughout the United States in many concerts and festivals, and at several colleges and universities. The Dance Company also offers educational programs, dance classes, and workshops.

The performance is open to the public. Admission to the performance is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, and children ages 12 and under. The concert is sponsored by the Moravian College Music Institute in association with the Center for Traditional Music & Dance. Additional support is provided by Moravian College Arts and Lectures. For additional ticket information, call 610-861-1650.