Workshop with the Thakamou Culture Arts

On 19th of May Villa Karo participated in the finale of the Teni-Tedji Marionette Festival, which was organized for the third time in Benin by association Thakamou Culture Arts and it’s director Jude Zounmenou. Earlier in May Thakamou performed at the concert in Villa Karo, and now it was time to let the local children and high school students participate in the act – and they were many!

The rain forced us indoors in the beginning, but it didn’t stop people from playing, singing and dancing. Familiar songs and rhythms invited the children to try the marionettes, and the artists from Thakamou group taught us how the puppets are moved and how a performance is made.

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After the workshop Teni-Tedji Festival had a succesful ending, as the performers gave one last show for the children. Next year we’ll see the 4th edition of the festival, and we warmly welcome Thakamou Culture Arts back to Villa Karo!

Here’s also a peak to Thakamou group’s project in 2011. This year’s theme in the Teni-Tedji festival was the treatment of disabled people in the society and an effort to enhance their well-being. We’ll see what next year brings!

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A Photographic Taste of May’s Concert

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Villa Karo offers live music and theatre on it’s stage at Lissa Gbassa every first Saturday of the month. On the 5th of May three groups performed there: Chin-system and toba -rhythms specialist Sossa Erevard also known as “Le vrai Schou”, a marionette troupe Thakamou Culture Arts that is organizing the Teni-Tedji marionette festival tour and finally Julie Dossou‘s gogohoun and salsa performance.

Thakamou Culture Arts and Teni-Tedji are also holding a marionette workshop for children in Villa Karo in a few weeks. To find more about Teni-Tedji, log in to Facebook and click here.

Photos by Anna Ovaska.