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Hong Kong City Hall Theatre 17.11 (Fri) 8pm

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Germaine Acogny | Senegal / France

Somewhere at the Beginning

17.11 (Fri) 8pm

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10% package booking discount for Somewhere at the Beginning and Mon élue noire-sacre #2 (My Black Chosen One)

Mon élue noire-sacre #2 (My Black Chosen One) 19.11 (Sun) 3pm

Approx. 1 hour without intermission

In French with Chinese and English surtitles

Germaine Acogny | Senegal / France

Somewhere at the Beginning

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Mother of contemporary African dance

“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, France

Thrilling Hong Kong début

Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny is recognised globally as the original mover and shaper behind contemporary African dance. After studying in France in the 1960s, Acogny drew on this experience to blend western classical technique and modern dance with traditional African rhythms and styles to create a unique approach of her own. Over the years, Acogny has received an array of prestigious awards and honours, including France’s Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a London Contemporary Dance and Performance Award, and a New York “Bessie Award”. In 2014, she was also named among the Top 50 Most Influential Africans in the World by pan-African Jeune Afrique magazine. Now in her 70s, the inspiring icon remains as dedicated to her artistic vision as ever, continuing to dance, choreograph and teach. In Hong Kong, she will perform two riveting solo works, both resonating with her characteristic energy.

Director
Mikaël Serre

Choreographer / Dancer
Germaine Acogny

Video
Sébastien Dupouey

Composer / Live music
Fabrice Bouillon“LaForest”

In an amazing multimedia mingling of African legend and Greek mythology, Germaine Acogny brings together sound, images, objects, and physical movement to embark on a personal confrontation with her family’s past as well as Africa’s shared history with Europe through colonialism. Calling on traditional dance and contemporary techniques, she engages in a dialogue with her grandmother, a Yoruba priestess, her father who shied away from his African identity, and her own painful experiences.
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