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COMPAGNIE JANT-BI.

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The Kennedy Center Something New Series 2000-2001
and COMPAGNIE JANT-BI
present Le Coq Est Mort

"I think men who kill each other on stage are not interesting," explains the German Tanztheater woman, stating that people today were more concerned about the killing of innocent animals. LQEM shows situations from recent African history: business life, summit meetings, congresses, the belief in technology, the arbitrary borders of territories, the fight over land and mineral resources, the death of animals, the awakening and the call for action. The piece, using music from Shostakovich and Etienne Schwarcz, has been created in Germaine Acogny's Centre International de Danses Traditionelles et Contemporaines Africaines in Senegal. In 1998, the African dance pedagogue and choreographer invited Susanne Linke to join the finest workshop for African dancers. From this workshop emerged the Compagnie Jant-Bi, and the clear-cut, rigidly structured and gripping Tanztheater piece, which in exemplary ways, fuses the movement language of two traditions. Still the slow mutation of the human beings into apes, formally very well done, had already lead to strong debates during the rehearsals in Senegal, said Germaine Acogny. Interestingly enough, while black intellectuals had interpreted this section as politically incorrect, the people in the village, in contrast had been amused by it.

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