Kreuzberg 1
Möckernstr. 68
10965 Berlin

Dance, Life and Ritual

Talk by Koffi Kôkô, Johannes Odenthal
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2017

Koffi Kôkô and Johannes Odenthal in conversation about the connection between dance, ritual and life in Benin.
Moderated by Christa Flaig-Isaacs.

Koffi Kôkô

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.

Johannes Odenthal

Johannes Odenthal studied art history and archaeology in Cologne, Bonn and Paris. He has published numerous essays and books on cultural history and is a co-founder and editor of the magazines tanz aktuell and ballett international/tanz aktuell. From 1997 to 2006, Odenthal served as artistic director of the Music, Dance and Theatre Department at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He has edited books such as “The Third Body. Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt und die Performing Arts” (2004), “tanz.de. Zeitgenössischer Tanz in Deutschland – Strukturen im Wandel – eine neue Wissenschaft” (2005) and “Tanz Körper Politik“ (updated and extended 2nd edition 2012) for the publishing company Theater der Zeit. Since 2006, Odenthal has served as programming director at the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Additionally, he has been a co-editor of the series “Positionen” (Positions) by the publishing company Steidl Verlag since 2009, the same year he developed the programme series “Politische Körper” (Political Bodies) in commemoration of modern dance in Germany.

Free Admission
In English