My sixth #SpeakingInDance for the Times. Check out the others here.
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“For women around the world, I think that this piece says no matter who you are — if you’re black, green, yellow, blue — that we have the same hardships and the same joys,” Germaine Acogny said of “Somewhere at the Beginning,” an evening-length solo created with and directed by Mikaël Serre that is part of the @fiafny festival Crossing the Line, starting Sept. 26. “It is an invitation or incentive to hold hands and pull through together.” Germaine, 75, who is considered the mother of contemporary African dance, explores ideas about women and exile that draw from her own life: growing up in Senegal, living in Europe and returning to Africa. The tragedy of Medea is in there, too. (Performed without music here, this section is usually set to Johnny Cash’s version of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.”) As for the longevity of her career? “I don’t have words for it,” she told the #nytimes critic @giadk. “I feel like now is really the moment when I’m starting to live.” @emonhassan made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.
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