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Germaine Acogny "Somewhere at the Beginning" © Thomas Dorn
Germaine Acogny "Somewhere at the Beginning" © Thomas Dorn

Germaine Acogny / Mikaël Serre (SN & DE/FR)

Somewhere at the Beginning

She opens her father’s book and reads the stories of her grandmother, a priestess from Dahomey, today’s Republic of Benin. A curtain of strings hangs between this world and the next on stage. On it, images flicker as if from dreams: mysterious faces and figures, writhing snakes and symbolically charged objects. Memories, associations and snapshots from the “stories of Aloopho”, as put down in writing by Germaine Acogny’s father. Together with French-German director Mikaël Serre, the 73-year-old grande dame of African contemporary dance has created a stunning solo in a small format from this family history: African history meets the joint colonial past with Europe, and Shango, a god of thunder, lightning and war, encounters the Greek tragic character Medea. Because, according to Serre, “the story of Medea” is “the tragedy of truth as the ultimate understanding of the self and its solitariness in its confrontation with the world.”

Austrian premiere
Duration: 65 min

Aug 02, 2017, 21:00


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