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Danse l'Afrique danse ! in Tunis

Tunis is hosting the first regional platform aiming to scout for new talent for Danse l’Afrique danse!, now in a triennial format, including artists in residence and regional festivals in preparation for a big Pan-African festival.
On May 1-4, 2014, the 13th edition of Tunis, capital of dance, has been placed under the theme of ‘‘Dialogue between dances’’. Dancers from South Africa, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Uganda and Tunisia alike came together in the latter country, in full transition, with above all confirmed choreographers-dancers, rising stars and budding talent. Also included were artists in residence at the beginning of 2014 who premièred with their performances: Oumaïma Manaï from Tunisia, Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki from Burkina Faso and Catherine Nakawesa from Uganda.
Tunis, capital of dance, is the first sub-regional platform organized in 2014 within the scope of Danse l’Afrique danse!, now in a three-year format, with two years of artists in residence and sub-regional platforms, supported by the festivals of operating partners, in preparation for a major Pan-African festival to be held in the third year, in this case, in November 2016 with the Dialogues de Corps Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso.
Tunis, the capital of dance, is organized by the Ness el Fen association with the assistance of the Institut français, in partnership with Total.
After Tunis, the next platform supported by Danse l’Afrique danse! will be part of the Abok I’Ngoma Festival of Élise M’Balla in Cameroon, on November 21-29, 2014.

The three artists to perform in Tunis following their period in residence are:

  • Oumaïma Manaï (Tunisia)
Accepted in residence for creation at the Espace Donko Seko in Mali, in February, 2014, under the artistic supervision of Kettly Noel.
  • Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki (Burkina Faso)
Accepted in residence at the Espace Donko Seko in Mali, in February, 2014, to finalize a trio, under the artistic supervision of Kettly Noel.
  • Catherine Nakawesa (Uganda)
Accepted in residence in Tunis in April 2014 to perfect her solo performance, under the artistic supervision of Hafiz Dhaou.

Below: photographs of performances presented in Tunis on May 1-4, 2014
  •   "Ce que nous sommes", by Compagnie Fatou Cissé, qui sera présenté à Tunis © DR  
  •   Fana Tshabalala © DR  
  •   "Rue Princesse" by Compagnie Nsoleh  
  •   "Asthmes" by Marwen Errouine  
  •   "Maktoub" by Seiffedine Manai