KanKouran West African Dance Company

At outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage: Aug 14

Event Dates
Wednesday, Aug 14

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KanKouran West African Dance Company
August 14, 2024

Pillow Debut | Live Music

The outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage hosts KanKouran West African Dance Company for a special one-night-only performance on August 14. This performance includes a “Choose What You Pay” ticketing option, with a suggested ticket price of $25.

A beloved home for West African dance in Washington, D.C., KanKouran comes to Jacob’s Pillow this summer after celebrating their 40th anniversary last year. The company—whose members are from the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean—is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional West African culture.

KanKouran was formed by Artistic Director Assane Konte and former Director of Music, Abdou Kounta, who grew up together in Dakar, Senegal. The company’s wide-ranging appeal and sense of community ownership has made it a creative cornerstone for generations of dancers, students, and musicians who have studied and come out of its ranks over the decades. While KanKouran has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and myriad universities, this will be their Jacob’s Pillow debut, celebrating 40-plus years of tradition.

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