TRACES - AS in BENIN - professional program for dance and choreographic practice

22 January-4 February 2017

ouidah, Benin

Francesca Pedulla , Frey Faust , Baris Mihci , Sara Parisi ,

Organized  by : The Axis Syllabus International Research Community

in collaboration with Association Sonagnon (Benin)

Artistic and Pedagogic direction: Francesca Pedullà

Direction Assistants : Eric Acakpo and Sara Parisi

Coordination : Frey Faust, Baris Mihci, Babara Kpomalegni, Emmanuelle Affergan.

Started in 2012 TRACES  is a annual  professional educational platform for dance and choreographic practice based in Cotonou, Benin. TRACES focuses on the study of the Axis Syllabus and complementary subjects (music for dancers, dance-video, dance history, professional ethic)

 The intention is to furnish knowledge, skills and experience, adapting our strategies to the social - political context of Benin and simultaneous create a context of exchange in which participants can find and structure a language from their own experience.  Our foundational focus are: to provide tools, to structure and stimulate individual creativity, to experiment with cross-disciplinary media and communication, probe the interaction and impact that different art-forms and cultures can have on each other.

TRACES 2017 – Axis Syllabus – Benin

This edition aims to create an even stronger exchange platform for the Axis Syllabus International Research Community (ASIRC) and the traditional and contemporary dances of Benin. Traces 2017 will host this session in the historic city of Ouidah, one of the major centers of the african slave trade, important intersection of the Portuguese and west african cultures, and the cradle of the Vodoun culture. The respectful treatment and cultivation of the human body regardless of nation, ethnicity, creed and class is a fundamental ethical aspect of ASIRC intensions. By providing this precious exchange context where the knowledge contained in the AS can be transmitted in a concentrated dose and the cultural treasures of Benin can be accessed by other ASIRC members, Traces 2017 will be a direct application of the mission of the ASIRC.