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Germaine Acogny and Mikaël Serre at La Mama

Germaine Acogny - © Thomas Dorn

La Mama and FIAF's Crossing the line festival present Germaine Acogny  in her powerhouse solo, SOMEWHERE AT THE BEGINNING.

Co-created and directed by Mikaël Serre, this unflinching and brave work traces African history interwoven with Acogny's own life narrative. 

Founder and director of the renowned Ecole des Sables in Senegal, Acogny, who is now in her 70s, has shaped a new generation of dancers and choreographers in Africa. In 2018, Acogny received an Outstanding Performer Bessie Award for her fierce, fearless embrace of the “sacrificial one” in a reimagined Rite of Spring created especially for her in Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2  by choreographer Olivier Dubois.

65 min
In French with English supertitles
Tickets start at $20

For tickets and more, visit the sites of Crossing the line Festival or La Mama

In addition, the 4th edition of BRIDGING: An International Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, an initiative co-developed and supported by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations  with FIAF, presents a series of events highlighting the artistic practices and legacy of dancer, choreographer and educator Germaine Acogny:

--Sept 27: Fridays at Noon at 92nd Street Y, with Germaine Acogny and Yoshiko Chuma

-Sept 30 to Fri Oct 4,: Workshop with NYU Tisch School of the Arts at La MaMa
with a restitution of the work on October 4.

Germaine Acogny's performances at La Mama are supported by FUSED (French US Exchange in Dance), a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, The French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.