Trained in acting, in the Performing Arts, in social intervention theater techniques. I am the artistic director of the Karengu theater company of Diabir in Casamance. I am currently collaborating with the Belgian choreographer Céline Curvers on a solo dance theater project (creation in 2020-2021)
From 2012 (after the magnificent meeting with the Belgian director Armel Roussel) until today, and again tomorrow ...
This scholarship gives me a vital boost. The only way for me to continue creating in the current survival context linked to Covid-19.
This grant will allow me to express through my artistic practice everything that has changed in me since confinement.
Continue to create in the public space to reach the greatest number and allow social connection.
Continue to invent a personal body language linked to my story.
Thanks to the Africalia grant, I was able to begin the exploration and finalize the writing of a dance phrase that will be shared in the public space. To be able to reach as many spectators as possible, I have photo mapped the places that will be chosen to share the work with the public.
Also, thanks to the grant, I was able to deepen my artistic exploration, directly related to the Corona, and look for a movement phrase inspired by confinement (in my room, indoors).
The people involved are :
I believe that the results obtained throughout the residency can open a deep reflection on the world we live in. Indeed, I believe in the power of the artistic activity’s impact on people.
The choreography’s elements are made of strong visuals that reflect my concerns : an elastic rope that ties my feet while I dance (to show the submission that our leaders impose on us), a jacket with plastic bags on my back (to show the incoherence of waste management), a mask that covers my face (which refers to Covid 19 but also to our leaders’ lack of listening skills regarding the cultural, health and educational’s issues.).
During the residency, I managed to find a lot of energy for the project. I also found consistency methodologically speaking. I organized my planning in a very constructive way, the scholarship allowing me to fully dedicate myself to this project. I was able to take the time to try new things. As I did a lot of theater creations, and out of my dance researches, I found a new language of expression linked to movement, to the use of the body. This, to free myself from the tensions I felt (and keep on feeling) from confinement.
I am happy with the result even if I have to admit that I encountered difficulties due to the loneliness in front of the artwork (the lack of contact with my artist friends) and difficulties due to the weather. Heavy rains made outdoor work challenging at times. Fortunately, I was able to overcome this thanks to the support I received from those around me.