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Somewhere At The Beginning [Senegal]

Personal view of contemporary Africa and the ancient tragic world

Somewhere At The Beginning [Senegal]

In this piece we explore through dance, traces of the history of Germaine Acogny and Africa through the prism of tragedy. It is a dialogue with issues of archaic background, a vessel full of associations loaded with content of our time. Taking this matter as a projection surface, enables us with this work to enter differently into the questionings and sufferings of our time. It was a great challenge to be able to offer on stage a strong and uncompromising dialogue between contemporary Africa and the ancient tragic world.

film & montage: Rob van Pelt

What Germaine shows through her testimony and her dance, translated into movement, breath, is as if a new start is still possible. It goes through a struggle of the mind against itself, through a revolution capable of designing the inexistent.

At a time where the great ideologies no longer manage to provide an identity to the individual, it is essential to continue to offer a dialogue with the intimacy of everyone. This work is a testimony on stage of the analysis of breath and movement, a face to face between a loneliness on stage and the intimacy of each spectator.

“When it comes to temperament, bravery and language, the dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny, an important figure in African dance, has them by the shedload” — Télérama, France

‘Das Stück zeigt, wie wir das geworden sind, was wir sind’ – Luxemburger Wort.

Interview Germaine Acogny (English)

-Dutch text
-French text

Genre: Dance
Executives: Germaine Acogny / Mikaël Serre
Language: French spoken with Dutch and English surtitles


Germaine Acogny

Directed by
Mikaël Serre

Assistant Choreography
Patrick Acogny

Set Design
Maciej Fiszer

Johanna Diakhate-Rittmeyer

Sébastien Dupouey

Composée et interprétée par Fabrice Bouillon "LaForest"

Sébastien Michaud
Lighting design

Marco Wehrspann
Technical Director

Performed by
Germaine Acogny

Text by
Togoun Servais Acogny, Aloopho, Germaine Acogny, Euripides (Medea), adaptation by Mikaël Serre


Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg / Théâtre de la Ville, Paris / Institut Français, Paris

Residency and Co-production
La Ferme du Buisson, Scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée

Le Centquatre, Paris


  • Fri 15 Mar 20:15
    Stadsschouwburg, Groningen
  • Mon 18 Mar 20:30
    Frascati, Amsterdam
  • Wed 20 Mar 20:30
    Het Nationale Theater, Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
  • Fri 22 Mar 20:30
    Chassé Theater, Breda
  • Sun 24 Mar 20:30
    Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
  • Wed 27 Mar 20:30
    Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
  • Fri 29 Mar 20:30
    Theater Rotterdam, Schouwburg

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Festival info

Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Frascati (Amsterdam), Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Het Nationale Theater (Den Haag), Zuiderstrandtheater (Den Haag), Theater Rotterdam, Chassé Theater (Breda), Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen en Kerkrade)