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Tue 28 May - Fri 31 May
CID - Centro Internazionale della Danza

Body freedom through discipline: workshop of african technique

Germaine Acogny's teaching is based on her specific technique of MODERN AFRICAN DANCE, a synthesis of Traditional Dances from West Africa (Sahel and forest area) and Contemporary Western Dances.
This technique is absolutely comparable to Western techniques such as Graham’s or Limon’s. It is related to the idea that African Dances are a continuous dialogue with the Cosmos.
She works a lot with improvisation techniques. She trains the African dancers to make them discover their own way, transforming their traditional dances into Contemporary expressions and forms.
In connivance with the percussionist drummers, she offers to share her universe of “body in joy” through her technique based on sensitive virtuosi. Focussing on the spine movement she considers as the snake of life or the tree of life, she works on:

* Contractions,
* Undulations,
* Tremulations/vibrations.

Most of her movements are inspired by nature - plants or animals, but also by elements of daily life in Africa. They are precise and clearly defined and deeply related to breathing. The movements of the Acogny’s technique are named from symbolic natural images such as “fromager tree”, “water lily”, “deer”. Breathing and deep-rooting are also very important parts of the exercises.
These exercise help to liberate the body, to feel it differently, to be deep-rooted on the ground and feel verticality better.
The movements also contribute in enriching the dancer’s physical vocabulary.

German Acogny
Senegalese and French Choreographer Germaine Acogny has developed her own style and technique of contemporary African dance. She continues to choreograph, dance, produce, and teach around the world.
Since 1988, Acogny has frequently created solo pieces for herself, and since 2003 she has choreographed for her company, Jant-Bi, which tours globally. The company's dancers are all graduates of l'Ecole des Sables, an International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dance that Acogny and her husband Helmut Vogt created in 2004. The center is a place of exchange between African dancers and dancers from all over the world. Here, dancers from all over Africa receive the rigorous training that guides them toward Contemporary African Dance.
Prior to her 2004 Grants to Artists award, Acogny created Sahel (1987), her first solo; Ye' OU (the awakening (1988); Africa, this memorable body (1989); Yewa, sublime water (1994), for her company; Z (1995), for the São Paulo City Ballet; Tchourai (2001), a solo; and Fagaala (2003), for Jant-Bi. Her 2004 FCA grant supported the production of Waxtaan (2006). Since this time, she has created Scales of Memory (2007) and Songook Yaakaar (2010).
From 1977 to 1982, she was the Artistic Director of Mudra Afrique, created by Maurice Bejart and The President L.S. Senghor in Dakar. Acogny was appointed Artistic Director of The Dance section of Afrique en Creation in Paris, a position she held from 1997 to 2000.


From 28 to 31 May 2019
All days from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm

Price: 260 euro

Where: CID-Centro Internazionale di Rovereto, Corso Rosmini 58

Participants must sign up by calling 0464 431660 or by writing to cid@centrodelladanza.it.

Since the workshops will be started by the CID after reaching a minimum number of participants it is essential that registrations are received as soon as possible.

The registration fee will not be refunded under any circumstances