Art Moves Africa: the Mobility Fund of Artists & Cultural Operators within Africa

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Dancer

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"I have successfully gotten a lot of experience from different choreographers and that has made me grow more with my skills and artistic work. I learned several lessons, such as: Modern African Dance and Germaine Acogny’s Technique from two different teachers, Alesandra Seutin and Raouf Tchakondo; Contemporary Dance with Karin Vyncke and Sophiatou Kossoko; African Contemporary Dance by Nora Chipaumire; and finally finished with Patrick Acogny with same African Contemporary Dance and Deconstruction of patrimonial dances.

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"We learned how to create choreographies and to become excellent interpreters. We also emphasized different traditional dances; I was teaching Rwandan traditional dance.
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The highlights for me were the creation processes about how to make my own solo, [as well as] all the courses. These were very important to me because I want to become a choreographer.
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I see my future as being a performer, choreographer and teacher. [I intend to] continue to specialize the 2 coming years in the follow up courses in Senegal."

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"The first day of the workshop was a highlight because it allowed me to truly measure and appreciate my dedication as a professional dancer. Every day was a day of discovery (through site visits and cultural outings), exchange and learning, all of which took place in an atmosphere that was at once cheerful, welcoming, and serious. The workshop series was an enriching personal experience. It allowed me to learn the different contemporary and traditional African dance techniques and also to become familiar with dancers and teachers from different backgrounds.

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"Highlights: at the time of our performance, the atmosphere was really great.
Accomplishments: We succeeded in getting the public to concentrate with us and to search for new movements.
Lessons learned: The new experiences gained through the workshops have allowed me to push my body and to improve the quality of my movement.

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"The festival scheduled a single performance of my solo dance work, Satisfaction Index, at the REPS Theatre. The performance was well received by the audience. The next day I taught a class to young dance students at the National Ballet in Avondale. The rest of the days were spent making connections for future collaborative work with various artists from within the continent.

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Ma rencontre avec Germaine Acogny m'a fait un choc parce que pour moi elle est un exemple vivant de ce que je veux accomplir dans ma vie professionnelle. Durant le stage, les moments les plus forts pour moi étaient les cours de danses traditionnelles des différents pays présents lors du stage; le fait de partager et de découvrir que toutes les traditions africaines ont plus ou moins la même histoire.

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Mon séjour à l'École des Sables fut très enrichissant car il m'a permis de mieux solidifier ma technique. Les cours proposés étaient intéressants et pleins d'éléments nouveaux. Les techniques enseignées m'ont permis de réfléchir à une façon plus claire de créer et de danser, en sachant comment mieux aborder les techniques de danses. La rencontre avec les autres danseurs venus d'autres contrées m'a permis de partager mon savoir et d'acquérir d'autres cultures, d'autres connaissances.

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Les premières semaines ont été consacrées au Plateau Danse de Bamako, durant lequel des cours techniques journaliers et d'accompagnement chorégraphique ont été dispensés alternativement par les chorégraphes intervenants Robyn Orlin et Karine Saporta. Après les cours du matin, les apprenants ont été divisés en 2 groupes, les uns travaillant avec Robyn et les autres avec Karine. J'ai fait partie du premier groupe, dans lequel "Ail? Aïe! Aïe!" a été travaillée et retravaillée sans changer le contenu de la pièce.

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The residency started with brainstorming of ideas for Vumbi, and led to the workshop, where we shared and exchanged concepts, methods and techniques of different traditional African dances. The dance classes we held for the local artists were a way to impact knowlesge into the upcoming dancers and it was a great success. The premiere of Vumbi at Dance Umbrella was outstanding, and received good comments from the audience and the festival director. I learnt to be patient and perseverent when working with artists from different artistic and cultural backgrounds.

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