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Germaine Acogny: Outstanding Performer Bessie' Award

Congratulations!

On October 8, Germaine Acogny  received the 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.

No longer doomed, she performs a powerful solo celebrating her heritages in dance, and women, and black women dancing.

The solo was presented at BAM Fisher in fall 2017, and recently in October 2018 at CAP-UCLA.

Owing to the influence of her grandmother, a Yoruba priest, and her training in African and Occidental movement styles, Senegalese-French dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny created her own form of modern dance; in 1980 she published African Dance, a book that details the technique. From 1977 to 1982 Acogny was the artistic director of Mudra Afrique, a company founded by Maurice Béjart and Leopold Sedar Senghor, Senegal’s first president. Over the years she has organized and led African dance workshops in Europe and Africa; opened a dance school, Studio Ecole Ballet Théâtre du 3è Monde, in Toulouse; and more recently started the International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances, or L’Ecole des Sables, in Senegal.

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