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SOJOURN

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2021 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Thomas, Asha (United States)

Present in collection(s): CN D - Spectacles et performances

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

SOJOURN

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2021 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Thomas, Asha (United States)

Present in collection(s): CN D - Spectacles et performances

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

SOJOURN

Nourished by the tradition of modern black American dance, and drawing on the  music, aesthetics and narratives of African-Americans, Asha Thomas has taken her inspiration for the solo Sojourn from the concept of “Sankofa”  which, in the Twi language (Ghana), means “returning to the past to go forwards.” This is an important project for this choreographer who came to prominence in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, before multiplying encounters on the contemporary French scene which punctuated her researches and accompanied a career that has been marked by a large variety of aesthetics. To relocate the right distance and the  texture of the dance memories inscribed within the body, the choreographer has taken her inspiration from the technique of Mabeye  Deme, the Franco-Senegalese photographer who places his lens behind an old piece of tent canvas, as a sensitive membrane capable of catching and revealing intimate moments in the flow of life. Sojourn is Asha Thomas’ view of her own story as an artist and the woman she has become, through the filter of the present.
Source: programme of the CND

Thomas, Asha

Asha Thomas (Atlanta, USA) graduated  from the Juilliard School in New York under the direction of Benjamin  Harkarvy. From 1999 to 2007, she joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance  Theater company as a principal dancer.

Since her arrival in France in 2007, she has performed for different  companies: Compagnie Salia nï Seydou, Compagnie Traces / Raphaëlle  Delaunay, Richard Siegal, Prue Lang, Philippe Ménard, Boris Charmatz and  Olivia Grandville.

She decided to start her contemporary dance company, Compagnie Ima,  in 2010. That same year, she created a solo inspired by flamenco  entitled Mi Peñita Negra which was presented in France, Germany and Morocco. Her piece Ghazals,  a duo inspired by the mystical verses of the Sufi Hafez, is co-produced  in 2014 by the CNDC Angers and Châteauvallon-Scène nationale. In  October 2016, her last piece CLAY, a collaboration with  flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves, had its premiere in France followed by  performances in England and Spain in the contemporary Mes de Danza  festival. Also in 2016, she created with the American singer, Crystal  Petit, a cabaret show, LIGHT, with American dancers, singers, and musicians based in France.
Source : website of the company Interscribo http://www.cinterscribo.com

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).

SOJOURN

Choreography : Asha Thomas

Interpretation : Asha Thomas

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Dramaturgie Leslie Menahem - Regard extérieur Youness Aboulakoul

Original music : Mathieu Gaborit aka Ayato

Lights : Loris Gemignani

Costumes : Jeanne Guellaff

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production-diffusion Laurène Blanckaert

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