The Jant-Bi Company was created in 1998 with the dancers who had participated in the first workshop at the International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances, the “Ecole des Sables” in Toubab Dialaw.
The Jant-Bi Company keeps in close contact with the Centre, which is at the same time a place of encounters and exchanges for dancers and choreographers from Africa, the African Diaspora and from different cultures from all over the world. In this way each choreographic piece reflects the spirit of the Centre.
Through the contact with a choreographer representing another culture and another dance style, a work of fusion is accomplished between this style and the essence of African dances. Susanne Linke and Germaine Acogny’s first choreographic project, “The rooster is dead”/”Le Coq est mort”, is a encounter between the German dance-theatre and African dance, and the second, co-choreographed by Kota Yamazaki / Japan and Germaine Acogny “Fagaala”, between the Butoh and traditional and contemporary African Dance.
In 2007, Germaine Acogny goes into partnership with her son, Patrick Acogny for the creation of Waxtaan, with some of the most beautiful traditional dances from different African countries transformed into a contemporary creation.
COMPANY JANT-BI WOMEN
Since 2006, the idea of creating a branch of the Jant-bi company with women dancers only was gaining ground in the minds of the directors of the Ecole des Sables.
Since 2009, the Ecole des Sables is working on a training program for Senegalese female dancers which lead to the creation of the Company Jant-Bi Jigeen (Jant-Bi women), with 9 young dancers, 5 coming from the fishing village of Toubab Dialaw.
The first of its kind in Senegal, this company will help women take their rightful place on the contemporary dance scene in Senegal. It will encourage female creativity, the establishment of women choreographers and will contribute to the professionalization of female artists.
The company will spread throughout Senegal, Africa and beyond, the ideas, the questionings and the values with which the Senegalese, African women in particular, and the women in general, are confronted in today’s societies. A way of making sensitive and of questioning about the specific problems of the African women
Afro-Dites / Kaddu Jigeen! is the first creation of the company Jant-Bi Jigeen, a choreography by Germaine Acogny and Patrick Acogny. This is the story of 9 young sharp-eyed senegalese women who speak out and dance their life as well as their view on modern Senegalese society. Creation 2012.