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Welcome / Waxtaan - Afro-Dites

Welcome / Waxtaan - Afro-Dites

Waxtaan / Afro-Dites

Choregraphy : Germaine et Patrick Acogny - 14'
Transmission : Germaine et Patrick Acogny, Bertrand Saki
Sound Design : Oumar Fandy Diop et les musiciens de l’École des Sables

Afro-Dites
Transmission : Germaine Acogny et Bertrand Saki
Sound design : Fabrice Bouillon Laforest 

'Waxtaan' is a Wolof word meaning 'long debate', or 'discussion'. This work is based on the traditional dances of several African countries. It highlights their incredible gestural and rhythmic richness and takes a new approach to these dances, the typical images of which are those of popular folklore. This is a contemporary new reading of these traditional dances. 

Welcome

The dancers of Compagnie Grenade like movement, the use of space and rhythm, and delight in sharing this choreographic research and these emotions with each other and the wider public.  They are prepared to go in search of new worlds.  

It was for this reason that this year I wanted to continue to work with other choreographers whose strangeness, differences and humour can highlight the quality of these dancers. 
For the 20th anniversary of Grenade (the 2011 production), the guest choreographers were mainly male; I thought it was interesting to continue this experience with the involvement of female choreographers. I therefore asked for one of the most representative pieces of the strong, unique world of a variety of French or foreign choreographers, whether well-known or emerging: Blanca Li, Sun-A Lee, Katharina Christl, Eun-Me Ahn, Dominique Hervieu, Germaine and Patrick Acogny. They produced a wide range of unusual, personal visions of the world to create a rich and celebratory programme. 

josette-baiz.com/compagnie-grenade/

Credits

Interpreter : Aurore Indaburu, Axel Loubette, brian Caillet, Félix Heaulme, Lola Cougard, Michaël Jaume, Mylène Lamugnière, Noëlle Quillet, Nordine belmekki, Pierre boileau, Sinath Ouk 
Light : Dominique Drillot
Generale Management : Erwann Collet 
Sound manager : Mathieu Maurice 
Costumes : Philippe Combeau, Julie Yousef, Christiane Crochat et Sylvie Le Guyader 

With the support of : Klap - Maison pour la Danse (résidence de finalisation mai 2014). 
La compagnie Grenade est conventionnée par le Ministère de la culture et de la communication – Drac paca, et subventionnée par le conseil Général des Bouches-du-rhône, le conseil régional paca, la Ville de Marseille et la Ville d’aix-en-provence.  

Video direction : Fabien Plasson
Production : Maison de la Danse - 2015

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

Baïz, Josette

Josette Baïz, who was trained by Odile Duboc, has been teaching contemporary dance since 1978 in Aix-en-Provence, where she created her first choreographies for young dancers who took part in her classes.

In 1982, when she was a dancer for Jean-Claude Gallotta, Josette Baïz won first prize in the 14th edition of the Bagnolet International Choreographic Competition, as well as the public prize and the French Minister for Culture's prize. She went on to found her first company: The Place Blanche, and has since created over 40 works, for her own companies and for an array of national (Toulouse, Jeune Ballet de France of the Lyon Conservatory, etc.) and international ballets (Boston, Royal Ballet of Phnom Penh, Germany, Venezuela, The Netherlands, etc.).

In 1989, the French Minister for Culture invited her for a year as artist in residence for a school in the Northern districts of Marseille. This encounter with young people, from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, led her to reconsider the signification of her work and to radically modify her artistic approach.
The confrontation with proposals as diverse as breakdance, smurf, hip-hop, oriental, gypsy, Indian and African dance, obliged her to totally reappraise the physical and mental skills she had acquired.
She was totally unacquainted with the supports, the way the ground was used, the circular movements of the hips, the sharp strikes of flamenco and the loosened pelvis of African dances.

And so, a process of mutual exchange was initiated: Josette Baïz taught contemporary, classical dance and composition in research workshops; the young dancers taught her their way of asserting their origins and feelings.

It was, therefore, only natural for Josette Baïz to create the Groupe Grenade, which brought together over thirty young dancers, in 1992. In 1998, Josette decided to perpetuate the cross-cultural work undertaken with the Groupe Grenade, whilst continuing to pursue an intensely contemporary perspective. She created the compagnie Grenade which comprised five key dancers from the Groupe Grenade.

Josette Baïz's wish is to continue to enhance this choreographic repertoire by continuing to partner artistically with French and international choreographers; by taking part in cutting-edge and original multidisciplinary projects and, as such, initiating encounters and exchange.

Source : Grenade - Josette Baïz Cie 's website

More information

josette-baiz.com

 

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