Pamoja: a new start. Discover the 2015 dance productions of the project, supported by the ACPCultures+ Programme

Pamoja, the Panafrican network of art residencies established in September 2012 will end in a few weeks time. The project aimed at offering a platform for African artists, to develop and show their work in a continent that lacks projects’ circulation between countries. Pamoja provided workshops, encounters and training sessions for artists, and light, sound and production managers, as well as a rich programme of events for the general public. 

Some of the projects developed in the residencies will be premiered in the following months in events taking place both in Africa and Europe.

My Gender Lives Here (ex Border), a creation project supported by the Institut Français / Afrique et Caraïbes en créations will be showing at the Kinani Contemporary Dance platform in Maputo in October 2015. Janeth Mulapha and guitarist and composer Tiago Correia-Paulo explored the gender notion of being a woman and a dancer in Africa.

Another Pamoja production to be included in the 6th edition of the Kinani Platform which will take place in Maputo next October is Casa by Kátia Manjate. The Mozambican dancer and choreographer explores the links between dance and plastic arts.

In a few months the residency NCC Roubaix-Nord Pas de Calais will host Debout, a recollection of Mohammed Ali’s mystical character and the spectacular “Rumble in the jungle” boxing match of the century in Kinshasa (1974).

Djino Alolo uses boxing as a metaphor asking himself how one can remain on one’s feet in a country overcome by poverty, corruption and the negligence of its leaders.

Assisted by Christina Towle in the choreography and playwriting, and by French filmmaker Elise Picon who documented the process, Alolo performs with dancers Yves Mwamba and Michel Kiyombo

Debout will be premiered at Roubaix in March 2016.

The project (Un)Official Language created and performed by Panaibra Canda, accompanied by the dancer Leia Mabasso for the choreography, will be premiered in Switzerland in August 2015.

Fatou Cissé’s creation Le Bal du Cercle (ex Regarde-moi-Ce que nous sommes) which was received in Dakar during a Research residency in April 2014, will be showing at the upcoming Avignon Festival in July 2015.

Cissé working with Jean-Christophe Lanquetin at the scenography, elaborates on the Senegalese tradition of «Tanbeer».

After the Pamoja residency in May-June 2014 in Dakar, Momar Ndiaye’s Toxu will be hosted in a second residency at Kabako Studios in May 2015, with the support of the Institut Français Paris, and then shown at the Saint-Louis Duo-Solo Festival in June and at the Belluard Festival in Switzerland in early July.

Toxu, which means to leave, re-locate to a new place, or to transit somewhere on the way to a new place to pursue one’s dreams; it’s a representation of the constant movement of people, as well as values and cultures, ideas and dreams that greatly affects our daily life.

Alioune Diagne’s Siki revives the spirit and story of Senegalese boxer Battling Siki in a dialogue between dance and fight.

Siki will be shown at the Saint-Louis Duo-Solo Festival in June.

Nuit blanche à Ouagadougou by Serge Aimé Coulibaly will stop in Senegal, on June 6 at the Duo-Solo festival in Saint-Louis and on June 8 at the Institut Français in Dakar. It will then continue to Germany, on June 17 and 18 at the Africologne festival and on June 19 at the Tanzhaus Dusseldorf.

A night journey through a city in Africa, Nuit blanche à Ouagadougou it’s inspired by events that recently made headlines in several cities of Africa.

April 13, 2015
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