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Monday, October 2, 2017

In Context: Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2

Senegalese dancer Germaine Acogny's scenically minimalist, emotionally maximalist solo, comes to BAM Fisher Oct 4—7. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2 (PDF)


Germaine Acogny: Dancing around Africa's bodied politics (Mail & Guardian)
The Senegalese dancer speaks to the importance of autonomy for African narratives and the act of using her own body as a medium.

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire (Monthly Review)
One of the source texts for Mon Élue Noire, this scathing indictment by Francophone Caribbean writer Césaire exposes the hypocrisy and brutality of Western colonialist thought.

Aimé Césaire: Founding father of Negritude (The Independent)
Remembering Martinique-born revolutionary Césaire, whose writing inspired the pro-black Negritude movement and can be heard onstage in Mon Élue Noire.


Germaine Acogny – queen of African dance (YouTube)
Take a look inside Acogny’s Ecole des Sables dance school, where she brings students from Africa and beyond to learn new movement styles through immersive techniques that include training on the sandy beaches of Senegal.

Olivier Dubois & Germaine Acogny in rehearsal (YouTube)
The choreographer and dancer rehearse for the premiere of Mon élue noire and comment (en Français) on the process.

"Prêt à baiser" / Olivier Dubois (YouTube)
Translated to “Ready to kiss,” this Sacre #1 precedes Mon élue noire in Dubois’ collection of dances dissecting Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

1 comment:

  1. literally the most brilliant thing i have seen so far this year the the next wave festival. stunning, visceral, captivating, thought-provoking, intensely personal yet universal, moving, awe-inspiring. i have a loyal BAM next wave patron and its pieces like this that make me come back year after year.