Archive for the ‘Video Traces’ Category

 

Olivier Tarpaga attended Dialogue De Corps Festival at the Center for Choreographic Development (CDC La Termitiere) in December 2012. It was a scaled down festival this year primarily featuring West African choreographers as well as works-in-progress. This video highlights short excerpts from the festival with highlights from Senegalese choreographer Fatou Cisse and Burkinabe Choreographer Serge Aime Coulibaly/Faso Danse Theatre.  This video is dedicated to Djeneba Kone who was killed in a car accident in Mali immediately following this performance. You can hear her amazing voice at the end of this video, as she was an important voice in Faso Danse Theatre’s new work.  Dialogue De Corps is directed and founded by Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro.  The CDC continues to be a hotbed for the training and research of contemporary dance and we look forward to next year’s festival in December 2012.

 

 

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Kinani Contemporary Dance Festival took place in Maputo, Mozambique at numerous venues throughout the city.  It opened with a site specific performance in a train station and then followed to six nights of shows in large scale theatres to black box venues around the city of Maputo.  Companies came from near and far from Maputo to Madagascar and Swaziland to Japan.

During the day there were workshops and discussions as well as informational dialogues between artists, producers, managers, and designers.  The Festival was well organized and attended by locals and internationals.

Choreographer and dancer, Hind Benali, discusses women’s issues and dance in Morocco. This clip is a section of a larger trace that highlights females choreographers from countries throughout Africa. This interview took place during the Action Danse Festival (November-December 2010).

Hind Benali, Choreographer, Director of l’Association Fleur d’Orange, and Action Danse Festival director discusses Action Danse 2010, held in Meknes, Casablanca, and Rabat, Morocco. In the video there are features of the work of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre, Momar Ndiaye & Bamba Diagne, Cie Metiss’age, and A’kadda. In addition there is footage from the student workshops in Meknes and Casablanca.

Excerpts from Danse l’Afrique danse! festival held in Bamako, Mali 2010. Featured in this video are excerpts from works by Gregory Maqoma, Kubilai Khan Investigations, Radhouane El Meddeb, and Seydou Boro.

Mozambique based Choreographer Horacio Macuacua speaks on “Orobroy, stop!” while in Bamako, Mali for Danse l’Afrique Danse 2010. Horacio is one of the winners of “Danse l’Afrique danse” competition and is currently on tour with this piece throughout numerous African countries. I am a big fan of his work and I look forward to seeing more of his poignant choreography in the future. This year I met numerous phenomenal dancers and choreographers from Mozambique so I hope to check out their festival later next year.

Nigerian-based choreographer, teacher, and performer Adedeyo Liadi speaks and performs in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the Festival for Solos and Duets organized by Dance Forum-Nairobi.