Germaine Acogny (Ecole des Sables, Senegal)​

Somewhere at the beginning – photo © Thomas Dorn

 Saturday 5 September – 19h00

Sunday 6 September – 12noon (repeat screening)


Somewhere at the beginning


Concept & Direction: Mikael Serre

Choreography: Germaine Acogny

Assistant Choreography: Patrick Acogny

Music composed and performed live: Fabrice Bouillon «LaForest»

Video: Sébastien Dupouey

Text by: Togoun Servais Acogny, Aloopho, Germaine Acogny, Euripides (Medea)

Adaptation: by Mikaël Serre 

Production: JANT-BI, Senegal Co-Production: Les Théâtres de la Ville du Luxembourg / Théâtre de la Ville, Paris / Institut Français, Paris Residency and Co-production: La Ferme du Buisson, scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée Residency : Le Centquatre, Paris  

Germaine Acogny – photo © Antoine Tempé

Germaine Acogny is considered as the “mother of Contemporary African dance”. She created her own Technique of Modern African Dance, and with her husband Helmut Vogt she created the ECOLE DES SABLES in Senegal, International Centre for traditional and contemporary African Dances. She teaches, dances and choreographs for her company JANT-BI and also performs solo pieces, touring worldwide. She directed the MUDRA school in Dakar created by Béjart and the president Senghor.  In 2008, the magazine “Jeune Afrique” selected Germaine as part of the one hundred personalities who “make” Africa.   In 2016, Germaine received the distinction of “Officier de la Légion d’Honneur” of the French Republic. She received two New York BESSIE AWARDS for the creations of “Fagaala” (2007) and for her performance in “Mon élue noire-Sacre # 2” (2018).