Ghanaian cultural politics between nation and global challenges
Trends of Ghanaian cultural politics are traced in the case of the history of the national ballet - Ghana Dance Ensemble, showing its integral importance in the process of nation building, from independence to the present. Questions of cultural representation and identity and the complex discourse on authenticity are analyzed. A 1992 conflict led to a splitting of the Ensemble, some stayed with its original institution in the university, others went to the newly built National Theatre. The two groups articulated differing views on Ghanaian national culture and its representation on stage. Thus, Schramm includes numerous dance performances to show this process.
Keywords: dance and identity, nationbuilding, representation in dance, performance and identity, globalization