Le son d'Elsa


In Paris, where she settled since the late 1960s, the American choreographer Elsa Wolliaston, pioneer of African dance in Europe, teaches her art.


Wolliaston, Elsa

Elsa Wolliaston moved to Paris in 1969 and worked with Jerome Andrews and Lilian Arlen. She continued her training during a stay in Africa, and researched ancestral rites. From 1970 onwards, she performed in various African countries and Niger in particular, where she danced “La Fleuve” in 1974. In Paris in 1975, she founded the company Ma Danse Rituel Théâtre with Yano Hideyuki. They choreographed and performed numerous pieces together. She has also composed music and dance duets with the saxophonist Steve Lacy. She choreographs regularly for the theatre and opera, trains actors in movement at the Theaterhaus Interkurst and Theatertreffin in Berlin, and teaches African-inspired contemporary dance throughout the world.

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Digital resource - Médiathèque du Centre national de la danse
Elsa Wolliaston

Last update : November 2010

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Under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Images de la culture catalogue, managed by the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC - National Centre of Cinematography and the moving image), presents 300 of its films devoted to dance. Bringing together recordings of shows, dramas, talks and documentaries, this collection reveals the invaluable diversity of aesthetics and approaches of the choreographic art from the 20th century to today.

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