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Les Écailles de la mémoire [remontage 2014]

CN D - Centre national de la danse Danse en amateur et répertoire 2014 - Director : Violaine, Rival

Choreographer(s) : Acogny, Germaine (Senegal)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , Danse en amateur et répertoire

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

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Les Écailles de la mémoire [remontage 2014]

CN D - Centre national de la danse Danse en amateur et répertoire 2014 - Director : Violaine, Rival

Choreographer(s) : Acogny, Germaine (Senegal)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , Danse en amateur et répertoire

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Les Écailles de la mémoire [remontage 2014]

Choreography by Germaine Acogny and Jawole Zollar
A choreographic extract remodelled by the group Koroll (Ploénour Lanvern), artistic director Soaz Jolivet, coordinator Émeline Marchand, as part of the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” programme (2013) (a programme created to assist and promote amateur dancing).

The group

Koroll was set up in 1990. Since 2010 the current group is made up of students from the Tamm Kreiz school and of young adults who have participated on several occasions in choreographic projects. The group already knows what it’s like to perform on stage as it has participated in cultural events and shows proposed as part of solidarity actions, music festivals and dance days. In the scope of the cultural projects that Françoise Jolivet, the director of Tamm Kreiz, develops to promote cultural awareness and the discovery of different aesthetics, in 2012 the association signed a partnership agreement with the association Jallore, which has the project of building a cultural centre in Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal focusing on three areas: training, creation and dissemination. For fifteen years, Ciré Béye, the Jallore project leader, was a dancer in the company Jant-Bi directed by Germaine Acogny.

The project 

This was the context in which the work Les Écailles de la mémoire by Germaine Acogny and Jawole Zollar was chosen. The result of a long collaboration between the choreographers and their companies – the six women from Urban Bush Women (New York) and the seven men from the company Jant-Bi (Senegal) – it explores the themes of memory, resistance and love. Ciré Béye participated in the creation of the piece, he followed the entire collaboration process between the two companies, and was the interpreter of the piece on its international tour. He chose the extracts and adapted the work by a choreographic decoding. The Koroll group is made up of eight female dancers. The aim is to respect the parity that structures the piece. The female dancers carry out a specific work on the interpretation of the sequences danced by men in order to respect the meaning of the work.

The choreographers

A Senegalese and French dancer and choreographer, in 1968 Germaine Acogny set up her first African dance studio, before carving out a path that took her from Europe to the United States. “I have taken the essence from the traditional dances of West Africa and from the dances that I have learnt in Europe, and I have created my own technique”, the choreographer explains. In 1998, it was in Toubab Dialaw, south of Dakar, that this artist, passionate about dance, founded her École des sables, where hundreds of dancers from all over the world have been trained. A way for her to bring back to life Mudra Afrique, the short-lived dance school founded in 1977 in Dakar by Maurice Béjart with the support of the president Senghor – and that she directed for a while.

A dancer, pedagogue and choreographer, Jawole Jo Zollar is the founding director of the African American company Urban Bush Women (New York).

Acogny, Germaine

Senegalese and French, she participated from 1962 till 1965 at the formation at the Simon Siegel’s school (the director was Ms Marguerite Lamotte) in Paris and received a diploma of physical education and harmonious gymnastics. Then, she founded her first dance studio in Dakar, 1968. Thanks to the influence of the dances she had inherited from her grandmother, a Yoruba priest, and to her studies of traditional African dances and Occidental dances (classic, modern) in Paris and New York, Germaine Acogny created her own technique of Modern African Dance and is considered as the “mother of Contemporary African dance”.

Between 1977 and 1982 she was artistic director of MUDRA AFRIQUE (Dakar), created by Maurice Béjart and the Senegalese president and poet Leopold Sedar Senghor. Once Mudra Afrique had closed, she moved to Brussels to work with Maurice Béjart’s company, she organised international African dance workshops, which showed a great success among the European students.  Together with her husband, Helmut Vogt, she sets up in 1985, in Toulouse, France, the “Studio-Ecole-Ballet-Théâtre du 3è Monde”.

After having been away from the stage for several years, Germaine Acogny has her come back as a dancer and choreographer in 1987. She works with Peter Gabriel for a video clip and creates her solo “Sahel”.  In 1995, she decides to go back to Senegal, with the aim of creating an International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances achieved in 2004 - L’Ecole des Sables - a meeting point for dancers coming from Africa and from all over the world, a place of professional education for dancers from the whole of Africa with the aim to guide them towards a Contemporary African Dance. In 1997, Germaine Acogny becomes Artistic Director of the « Dance section of Afrique en Creations » in Paris, a function she held until September 2000. 

Her solo “Tchouraï”, created in 2001 choreographied by Sophiatou Kossoko, was successfully touring until 2008. In 2003/2004, she created the piece “Fagaala”, for her company JANT-BI, based on the genocide in Rwanda. Since January 2015 she submitted the Artistic Direction of the Ecole des Sables to her son Patrick Acogny.


Source : Ecole des sables 's website


More information : ecoledessables.org

Violaine, Rival

Les Écailles de la mémoire [remontage 2014]

Choreography : Germaine Acogny et Jawole Zollar

Interpretation : Hulya Ay, Cassandra Bonizec, Nolwenn Cossec, Marine Flochlay, Aurélia Gourret, Mailys River, Soizic Stephan, Clémence Vigouroux

Other collaborations : Extrait chorégraphique remonté par le groupe Koroll (Ploénour Lanvern), directrice artistique Soaz Jolivet, coordinatrice Émeline Marchand, dans le cadre de Danse en amateur et répertoire (2013)- Transmission Ciré Béye

Duration : 17 minutes

Danse en amateur et répertoire

Amateur Dance and Repertory is a companion program to amateur practice beyond the dance class and the technical learning phase. Intended for groups of amateur dancers, it opens a space of sharing for those who wish to deepen a practice and a knowledge of the dance in relation to its history.

Laurent Barré
Head of Research and Choreographic Directories
Anne-Christine Waibel
Research Assistant and Choreographic Directories
+33 (0)1 41 83 43 96
danse-amateur-repertoire@cnd.fr

Source: CN D

More information: https://www.cnd.fr/en/page/323-danse-en-amateur-et-repertoire-grant-programme

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