Photo: © Germaine Acogny – Ecole des sables

The Senegalese and French dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny, renowned around the dance world as “the mother of contemporary African dance” has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance 2021. The prestigious award, presented by the Venice Biennale Foundation, is yet another recognition of the 76-year-old choreographer’s prolific and influential career. “Her influence as a creative and mentorship of countless young dance makers from Africa and beyond is a legacy we should highlight and celebrate as she continues to inspire and guide with her restless vision” stated Wayne McGregor CBE ,director of dance at the Venice Biennale.

Nacida en Benín, Germaine Acogny ha colaborado durante mucho tiempo con Maurice Béjart. Entre 1977 y 1982, dirigió “Mudra Afrique”, la escuela de danza de Bruselas fundada por el maestro suizo con el apoyo del Presidente Léopold Sédar Senghor. Posteriormente, Germaine Acogny fundó con su marido Helmut Vogt la “Ecole des sables”, un centro internacional de danzas africanas tradicionales y contemporáneas, inaugurado en junio de 2004 en Toubab Dialaw (Senegal).

Last year during the height of the global pandemic lockdown the director of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Enrica Palmieri, invited Germaine Acogny to be the president of the international judging panel for the Premio Roma Danza 2020 competition which was held exclusively on line.

Last year during the height of the global pandemic lockdown the director of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Enrica Palmieri, invited Germaine Acogny to be the president of the international judging panel for the Premio Roma Danza 2020 competition which was held exclusively on line. Nuestra organización sigue siendo el principal patrocinador del concurso romano que celebra cada año la práctica de la coreografía y la interpretación. Invitada por Enrica Palmieri, directora de la Accademia Nazionale di Danza, quien organiza este evento anual, la coreógrafa senegalesa presidió una edición especial en 2020 que se mantuvo a pesar de la crisis sanitaria gracias a la tenacidad de todos los actores implicados.

Today, the Cuomo Foundation congratulates Germaine Acogny on her latest impressive honour and salutes her achievements in bringing Senegal and African contemporary dance to centre stage on the international dance scene.

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