Somewhere at the Beginning

GERMAINE ACOGNY & MIKAËL SERRE | Senegal & France | Dance & Theater

 

The 74-year-old Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny delves into her family history and uses a monumental solo performance to explore the colonial history of Africa and Europe. In «Somewhere at the Beginning», we encounter her grandmother Aloopho, who, as an animistic priestess, enjoyed a powerful position in the village, and hear the memories of Acogny’s father, an official in the French colonial administration in Dakar. As with West-African Griots, who perpetuate wisdom and knowledge through dance and oral tradition, Acogny approaches the past and searches for her own identity. The director Mikaël Serre presents a poetic and intimate portrait of the icon of contemporary African dance – through intensive video images which literally shift between the veils of history. 

 


 

Konzept, Regie Mikaël Serre | Choreografie Germaine Acogny | Choreografische Assistenz Patrick Acogny | Szenografie Maciej Fiszer | Kostümdesign Johanna Diakhate-Rittmeyer | Musikalische Komposition, Spiel Fabrice Bouillon «LaForest» |Video Sébastien Dupouey | Lichtdesign Sébastien Michaud | Technische Leitung Marco Wehrspann | Text Togoun Servais Acogny, Aloopho, Germaine Acogny, Euripides (Medea) | Adaption Mikaël Serre | Produktion JANT-BI (SG) | Koproduktion Les Théâtres de la Ville du Luxembourg (LU), Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (FR), Institut Français (FR) | Residenz, Koproduktion
 La Ferme du Buisson, Scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée (FR) | Residenz Le Centquatre (FR)

 

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