Christian was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, in West Africa. Performing internationally for over 14 years, he is the Director and Choreographer of Titambe, a company which originated in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was later revived in the US. He has taught at many colleges and universities around Minnesota, as well as at various organizations and local institutions. Christian is also a dance instructor at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.
Over the course of my residency, students and teachers will be encouraged to participate in the discovery of West African drumming, dance and storytelling. West African culture is rich with symbols, rituals, conflict, history and opportunity. The metaphor of West African music and dance allows students to experience the culture in a rhythmic and physical realm. My comprehensive programs involve elements of dance and music but from the perspective of transforming traditional music and movement into contemporary statements of change and hope. Students will experience and learn traditional songs and dances. There will be optimal moments for storytelling and for revealing to students the history of the dance and rituals within the authentic context of an ethnic community/classroom gathering.