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Mon Élue Noire - Sacre #2

On October 5, 6, and 7, 2018, Mon Élue Noire - Sacre #2, performed by Germaine Acogny and choreographed by Olivier Dubois, will be performed at Kaufmann Hall at UCLA.

French corepgrapher and artisitc director of the acclaimed Ballet du Nord, Olivier Dubois, created this series of dance works dissecting individual elements of this landmark peace as tribute to the centennial celebration of Igor Stravinksy’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).

Mon Élue Noire (My Black Chosen One), the second piece in the series, premiered in 2014 and features an explosive performance by famed 74-year-old Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny in a solo work that was created especially for her.

Acogny, who is honored as “the queen of contemporary African dance,” performs alone in a black box to a recording of The Rite of Spring. In the performance she laughs, she screams, she smokes a pipe and recites from an essay on the dehumanization of colonialism as she confronts the audience with her fierce presence. She sees her participation in this work as a way of honoring her ancestors and fearlessly carving out a space for her artistry in the deepest trenches of Western modernism.

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