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Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Presents

Contemporary African Dance: A Public Conversation with Germaine Acogny

10/20/17, 4:30 PM

About this event

Contemporary African Dance:
A Public Conversation with Germaine Acogny
Moderated by Professor Ananya Chatterjea

FREE - Limited space
This event is made possible by the University of Minnesota Dance Program Cowles Land Grant Chair Visiting Artist and Scholar Fund.

Senegalese and French, Germaine Acogny has evolved her own technique of Modern African Dance and is considered worldwide as the ‘mother of Contemporary African Dance’. From 1977 to 1982, she was the Artistic Director of Mudra Afrique, created by Maurice Béjart and the senegalese President L.S. Senghor in Dakar. She dances, choreographs and teaches all over the world and has become a powerful ambassador of African Dance and Culture. In 1997, Germaine Acogny was appointed Artistic Director of the dance section of Afrique enCreation in Paris. With her husband Helmut Vogt, she created the Ecole des Sables, the International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances. Located in Senegal, the Ecole des Sables is a place for training and exchange between African dancers and dancers from all over the world, an important meeting and education place for Contemporary African Dance and choreography. Germaine Acogny has choreographed many pieces, for her Company JANT-BI, which tours successfully around the world, and she creates and performs her own solos. Her last creation, the solo « A un endroit du début » made Premiere at the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg in June 2015. Germaine Acogny is ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite’, ‘Officier et Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres’, ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur’ of the Republic of France. In 1999, Germaine Acogny is decorated as "Pioneer Woman" by the Senegalese Ministry of the Family and the National Solidarity. In 2007, she received, jointly with the Japanese Kota Yamazaki a BESSIE Award in New York for the choreography of their choreography ‘Fagaala’.
Event Location
  • Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100
  • 500 21st Avenue S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA