Stage direction: Tchekpo Dan Agbetou
Choreography: Tchekpo Dan Agbetou together with the dancers
Staging, dramaturgy, voice work: Ursula Fischer
Live Music: Stanislas Pawlak
Dancers: Sayaka Tateyama, Kingsley Odiaka, Issiaka Moussa, Sarah Klingenberg
Lights: Jost Jacobfeuerborn und Tchekpo Dan Agbetou
Costumes: Ulla Agbetou and A Chapeau
Assistance: Ulla Agbetou
PR and Management: Harmony Lévêque
Duration: 55 min.
A production of the Tchekpo Dance Company in co-production with DansArt Tanznetworks. With the support of the minister for culture in North Rhine-Westphalia, the secretary’s office for culture Wuppertal, the cultural centre of Bielefeld and the Förderverein der Tanzkunst e.V.
They don’t know each other.
They know nothing about one another.
Each speaks a different language.
And it all depends on the world and them - there is a
string which vibrates:
The few words are like sparkling fragments, which emerge
from the unintelligible syllables or from the silence.
Movement and language are the bridges to the world.
The passage through various dynamic stages begins
The metamorphosis happens to the others and is celebrated:
the moment relates to the world, touching and taking risks.
TCHEKPO DANCE COMPANY
Tchekpo Dan Agbetou founded the Tchekpo Dance Company in France in 1991 before he opened the centre for dance and creativity DansArt Tanznetworks in Bielefeld (Germany) and continued working with his company. Since then, his productions have been showcased successfully not only in Europe but also in Asia, Africa and the US. In 2002, he took over as the artistic director for the annual Bielefeld dance festival. In 2006, he additionally launched the Biennale Passages a festival for contemporary dance from Africa. The Tchekpo Dance Company is part of the dance centre DansArt Tanznetworks which encloses a theatre, studios and an educational programme for professionals and amateurs.
Tchekpo Dan Agbetou, dancer, choreographer and teacher studied traditional dance in his home country Benin/West Africa. As an adolescent he moved to Paris, where he studied Modern Dance and Jazz Dance. Later he continued his studies at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Steps on Broadway. He developed a style of his own in Modern Jazz and Contemporary African Dance.
Photo by © M.Zakrzewski