Photo: Diana Zhang

Living the Dance

Workshop with Koffi Kôkô
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2022

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 focuses 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. Coming from the ritual tradition, he understands his dance at the same time as a contemporary movement language, thereby creating a connection and translation of spiritual and artistic expression. Space for reflection and exchange with each other as well as conversations by and with Koffi support the process of understanding.

Live Music: Emerson Aguidissou (tbc), Janos Crecelius

Thu 28.07.22  ↪  Talk with Koffi Kôkô 

Please note: The workshop will take place outdoors with the kind support of the association 'Neue urbane Welten'.
WHERE: HaselHorst13 - venue for live music in Berlin
DIRECTION: U-Bahn 7 to Haselhorst, 500m on foot
Please provide enough of your own drinks and snacks. No running water on site, toilet facilities available.

Koffi Kôkô

Koffi Kôkô (FR/BJ) was born in Benin, West Africa, where he grew up in close contact with the animist religion of his home. In 2004 and 2005 he was curator and together with Johannes Odenthal artistic director of the festival In Transit (HKW, Berlin). With Ismael Ivo he choreographed and danced the play »The Maids« under the direction of Yoshi Oida. In addition to Koffi Kôkôs most important work u. a. »Passage«, »D’une rive à l'autre«, »Terre rougeâtre«, »Ça« and »Les feuilles qui résistent au vent«. He choreographed a.o. at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Barbican Center in London, Tanztheater Verena Weiss, Lucerne.
Movement experience
In English
Price: 260/220*
*Early bird until 7.7.2022
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, the DIS-TANZEN aid program of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.