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Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Presents

Panel Discussion: African Contemporary Dance in a Global Context

10/18/17, 7:00 PM

About this event

2017 McKnight International Choreographer Program
Presented by The Cowles Center and the University of Minnesota Dance Program


Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso/France) 2017 McKnight International Choreographer, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. Salia Sanou is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Choreographic Development La Termitière in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He served as artistic director of the Choreographic Encounters of Africa and the Indian Ocean and he established his own company, Mouvements Perpetual. Mr. Sanou is the 2017 McKnight International Choreographer; he will be in residence in Minneapolis at The Cowles Center and with The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project.

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma (South Africa) Cowles Visiting Artist, University of Minnesota Dance Program. Gregory Maqoma is an established internationally-renowned dancer, choreographer, director, and scriptwriter based in South Africa. He was Associate Artistic Director for FNB Dance Umbrella Festival 2010, the Artistic Director of the Afro-Vibes Festival in the Netherlands and UK, and the head choreographer for the World Summit of Arts & Culture. Maqoma is in residence as a Sage Cowles Land Grant Chair Visiting Artist in Dance at the University of Minnesota.

Michel Kouakou (Minnesota/Côte d’Ivoire) Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Dance Program. Michael Kouakou is a choreographer from the Ivory Coast with a MFA in Dance from Hollins University. He has lectured at UCLA and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Panel moderated by: Ananya Chatterjea, Professor, University of Minnesota Dance Program
Translator: Hakim Abderrezak, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Department of French and Italian.
Event Location
  • Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100
  • 500 21st Avenue S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA