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Terra Alta

Accra, Ghana


Terra Alta is an interdisciplinary studio with a focus on artist development, experimental exploration, research, and ecosystem building. Their flagship project, a black box theater and rehearsal space, is formed from a complex of converted shipping containers and indoor-outdoor rooms in Dzorwulu, a suburb of Accra. The theater plays host to artists from diverse backgrounds, including theater, dance, circus, music, fashion and visual art. The recent project “Mud People” and related workshops have facilitated pan-African collaborations and exchanges with dancers from countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, and more. Commissions like the “New Folk(lore)” project encourage young people to engage and rewrite their history.

Founded in 2017 by artist Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, Terra Alta offers space for artists to practice, retreat, experiment, collaborate, and develop new work. The studio offers workshops, residencies, technical support, and a variety of educational programs for the community. These projects are often artist-led or community-generated, making it a deeply participatory and long-form process. Productions range from remote collaborations and site specific interventions to exhibitions and full-length traditional performances held both locally and abroad.

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