Somewhere at the Beginning

Somewhere at the Beginning

Germaine Acogny (SE) / / Mikaël Serre (FR)

French spoken with Dutch and English surtitles


Multi-media production on the life of the grande dame of modern African dance

Using sound, images, objects and movement, Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny evokes both the history of her family and that of West Africa. She enters into a dialogue with her grandmother Aloopho, a Yoruba priestess; with her father, who preferred to hide his African identity; and with her own painful experiences.

In Germaine Acogny, an intriguing woman in so many ways takes to the stage. You might guess her age as approaching 50 – in fact she is 72, and she still has the suppleness of a twenty-year-old. She studied in France in the 1960s and then went on to combine classical ballet and modern dance with traditional African rhythms and styles. Thanks to her pioneering work, she became one of the key figures in modern African dance.

'My life has often been unsettled. I come from somewehere, but when I try to distance myself I cannot escape from my past. It's as if I go back to the beginning - the place from whence I come - back to my ancestors and those who accompagny me.' Germaine Acogny

'When it comes to temperament, bravery and language, the dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny, an important figure in African dance, has them by the shedload' Télérama (FR)

performed by Germaine Acogny direction Mikaël Serre choreography assistent Patrick Acogny set design Maciej Fiszer costumes Johanna Diakhate-Rittmeyer video Sébastien Dupouey music, composition Fabrice Bouillon « LaForest» light design Sébastien Michaud technique Marco Wehrspann texts by Togoun Servais Acogny, Aloopho, Germaine Acogny, Euripides (Medea), Mikaël Serre production JANT-BI coproduction Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg / Théâtre de la Ville, Paris / Institut Français, Paris

60 minuten

This performance is part of the Explore festival. Read more about the festival program in Frascati.

After Talk

Theater and dance journalist Annette Embrechts (de Volkskrant) will have an after talk (in English) about the performance with Germaine Acogny.