S12 / Living the Dance
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2016
The dancer and choreographer Koffi Kôkô has been known as one of the initiators and most prominent representatives of the modern African dance scene. In this workshop he focusses on the participant‘s relation to her/his own body, personal expression and the symbolism of the gestures used in African dances. Repetition of the dances in correlation with the music will allow for a more holistic, a lived experience of the dance. Koffi Kôkô is a dignitary of the Voodoo religion in his homeland Benin.
Koffi Kôkô (FR/BJ) was born in Benin, West Africa, where he grew up in close contact with the animist religion of his home. From the outset this drew Kôkô’s artistic interest to a dance form, which in its initiation and ritual character was later to form the basis of his perception and recreation of contemporary dance and theatre culture.This symbiosis is also reflected in Koffi Kôkô’s collaboration with some of the most important representatives of western dance and theatre. Among his partners are names such as Pierre Doussaint, Bruno Boêglin, Shiro Daimon and Yoshi Oida, Gabriel Gbadamosi, the Flamenco dancer Mari Carmen Gracia and Peter Badejo. He worked with Ismael Ivo, with whom he created "The Maids" after Jean Genet in March 2001 under the direction of Yoshi Oida. This production has since been presented with sensational success in Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, São Paulo and Seoul a.o. In London in 2003, the work was awarded the Time Out Prize for the best production of the year.The premiere of his piece "Les feuilles qui resistent au vent" took place in June 2003 as part of the In Transit Festival in Berlin and then toured to Festivals in Europe, Brazil and Latin America. His latest solo production "La Beauté du Diable" was premiered at the Festival International de Fribourg Jullietdanse (June 2011). In December it toured to São Paulo, Brasil. Koffi Kôkô’s international reputation extends to his work as a teacher: in Europe, Africa and the USA he has held various positions as professor and is teaching master classes. For the years 2004 and 2005 Koffi Kôkô was the artistic director of the In Transit Festival at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.
Level: Movement experience
Percussion: Achille Acakpo, Moussa Coulibaly