TRANSATLANTIC CONNECTIONS #1
Africa / Latin America Convergence in community practices
Association Compagnie 1er Temps
Dakar, Senegal May 2014
Transatlantic Connections aims to provide a stage to this diaspora, stressing the unique South-South conceptual connections in artistic practices developed in communities and social spaces.As part of the project, actor, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Abras (Brazil) participated to the annual international Festival Aex – Corps / Atelier Expérience Corps, hosted by Compagnie 1er Temps. As artist and mediator, Abras undertook a pedagogical project, a field research and a final production on the ancestral connections of Afro-Brazilian ritual cultures with similar practices in Western Africa.
In his work, Abras investigates the territories of ancestral African diasporic culture, connecting pedagogical projects with contemporary dance, performance and video. While participating in Aex – Corps, his field research and creative outputs was developed and produced together with 1er Temps.For twelve years the Cie 1er Temps works on contemporary dance as a means of self-expression and local development.
The company is based in Ouakam, a fishing village located at the foot of the African Renaissance sculpture in the periphery of Dakar, currently confronting gentrification and as a result, deep social transformations. Its original Lébous animist community faces the settlement of the new rich from Dakar, who build their own villas near the sea, taking over the traditional village. Marginality, unregulated development, tradition vs. “modern” capitalism, the relationship with the sea (which connects to the imaginaries of slavery and migration) constitutes the main field of action of 1er Temps, through educational projects and public events for its community. Young and unemployed inhabitants of Ouakam, trained by Andreya Ouamba and Fatou Cissé, its founders and directors.
Association Compagnie 1er Temps: Andreya Ouamba, Fatou Cissé and the dancers: Bamba Diangne, Alicia Gomis, Clarice Sagna, Thierno Ibrahima Diedhieou
Credits video: Marco Lena and Tiziana Manfredi (OFFICINA MAMIWATA)