Germaine Acogny: Somewhere at the Beginning

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A true pioneer for the development of African people’s dance worldwide, French-Sengalese choreographer Germaine Acogny, she is heralded as the ‘Mother of Contemporary African Dance’ with her technique and practice informing countless practitioners.

Somewhere at the Beginning  is a personal exploration of both Germaine’s own history as she looks back at her own family, her Great Grandmother Aloopho, a Voodoo Priestess, a guardian of a power, a wisdom and a mystical knowledge, and her father, Togoun Servais Acogny who left behind Beninese voodoo traditions for Catholicism and who wished that “all men, whomever they are, establish a common dialogue and let prejudice fall”.

Somewhere at the Beginning  takes its source in the past, its roots in the present, and crosses space and time to approach the future with a spirit of forgiveness. The work has universal references to Greek tragedy and the very current issues of emigration and exile, providing a dialogue of the times where the great ideologies no longer manage to provide an identity to the individual, between loneliness on stage and the intimacy with the audience.

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