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The mother of African contemporary dance, who has just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, reminds us that “a rootless tree cannot grow” in this autobiographical solo directed by Mikaël Serre.

In this piece, Germaine Acogny returns to her origins, to her multiple identities, where everything began, among her ancestors. After a career including a stint dancing for Maurice Béjart, she now looks back on her personal and family history, through the words of her father, a civil servant of the colonial era, and the memories of her grandmother, a priestess from Dahomey.

Her story unfolds in this solo, the portrait of a woman born in Benin and raised in Senegal, where she later established Ecole des Sables, a major centre for training and choreographic creation, promoting traditional and contemporary African dance. Through dance, storytelling and film, the piece questions the place of women in Africa, the friction between tradition and emancipation and how identity represents a journey, rather than a finality.





Piece for 1 dancer
Company Jant-Bi | Choreography and performance Germaine Acogny | Conception and direction Mikaël Serre | Musical composition and performance Fabrice Bouillon “LaForest” | Scenography Maciej Fiszer | Costumes Johanna Diakhate-Rittmeyer | Lighting Sébastien Michaud | Video Sébastien Dupouey

Coproduction 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 (Marne-la-Vallée) | In-residence at Le Centquatre (Paris)

Ma vie a souvent été un mouvement, je suis de quelque part et quand je m'en éloigne, je n'échappe pas à mon histoire.

Germaine Acogny