West Coast Premiere
“Ferocious. Primal. Contained. Harmonic dissonance marries Acogny, Dubois, and Stravinsky into a unique partnership that allows you to hear the music differently through visual portrayal.” —The Dance Enthusiast
To pay tribute to the centennial celebration of Igor Stravinksy’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), French choreographer and artistic director of the acclaimed Ballet du Nord, Olivier Dubois, created a series of dance works dissecting individual elements of this landmark piece. Mon Élue Noire (My Black Chosen One), the second piece in the series, premiered in 2014 and features an explosive performance by famed 74-year-old Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny in a solo work that was created especially for her.
Widely honored as “the queen of contemporary African dance,” Acogny performs alone in a black box to a recording of The Rite of Spring. She laughs, she screams, she smokes a pipe and recites from an essay on the dehumanization of colonialism as she confronts the audience with her fierce presence. Eschewing criticism of cultural appropriation, she sees her participation in this work as a way of honoring her ancestors and fearlessly carving out a space for her artistry in the deepest trenches of Western modernism.
Photo Credit: François Stemmer