S-14 / Living the Dance
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2017
In this workshop Koffi Kôkô 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.
27.7. Talk with Koffi Kôkô and Johannes Odenthal
Koffi Kôkô (FR/BJ) has been known as one of the initiators and most prominent representatives of the modern African dance scene. He was born in Benin, West Africa, where he grew up in close contact with the animist religion of his home. Among his collaborators 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) and toured to São Paulo. 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.