2014 Dance Work Sample - Kenna-Camara Cottman - http://www.kennacottman.com
Traditional Work: West African and Hip Hop (excerpts, 5:39 total)
1. Koukou at Kwanzaa, 12/28/13, 1:31 of a 15 minute set, traditional choreography by Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, Midtown Global Market. I am the solo dancer. Koukou is a fishing dance from the Tomah people of Guinea, West Africa.
2. Soko at Umoja, 8/2011, :45s of an evening length presentation of traditional West African drumming and dance by VoC, Duniya Drum and Dance and Oyin Dance Collective. at the Caponi Art Park in Eagan, MN. I am the solo dancer. Soko is a rites of passage dance for young men in Faranah, Guinea.
3. RhythmBox: Doundounba section, 8/2010, 24s of a 7 minute piece by Voice of Culture with Carnage. at the Bedlam Theater in Minneapolis. I am the solo dancer in the green beito and green sliced tank top. Doundounba is also known as the strong man’s dance.
4. Tiriba at the Black Storyteller’s Concert 9/28/2013 :31s of a 15 minute set, traditional choreography by Voice of Culture at the Perpich Center for Arts Education. I am the solo dancer. Tiriba is from the Landuma people who live in the coastal town of Boke, Guinea.
5. Sorsornet at African Nights, June 7 & 8, 1:00 of a 10 minute set at Patrick’s Cabaret. I am the dancer in pants and with a bun hairstyle, stage right. Sorsornet is a dance in honor of mothers from the Baga people.
6. Epitome-No Question directed by Aneka McMullen at Bastille Day Block Party 7/14/13, 1:13 of a 20 minute New Jack/Old School set at the main stage. I am the solo dancer with the brown bandanna in my pocket. New Jack Swing, aka Old Skool Hip Hop is a popular form of dance that has cultural importance. I feel like I practice Old Skool the same way I practice West African movement; with an intersection of culture and technique.
July 18-20, 2013
5:25 edited from a 13+ minute work
choreography by Pramila Vasudevan
southern theater (Momentum: New Dance Works)
I am the solo dancer.
June 13-16, 2013
3:50 from a 30-minute work
choreography by Angharad Davies
Red Eye Theater
I’m the dancer in the blue leaved dress, also using the wig at times.