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Compagnie TchéTché

Dimi

Part of AfricaNOW: Currents of a Continent

“Astounding physical daring … the group’s work makes Western modern dance look tame.” —New York Times

Contemporary African dance has emerged as a global powerhouse over the past decade, exemplified by the highly physical, all-female Compagnie TchéTché (eagle) from Cote d’Ivoire. Acclaimed by audiences in Africa and Europe, Dimi (women’s sorrow) addresses the social injustice, repressive morality, and enduring patriarchal culture faced by women in Africa. Directed by the esteemed Beatrice Kombe, the company draws from the incredibly varied movement and rhythmic traditions of West Africa. With choreography that skirts the edge of physical impossibility, TchéTché emphatically reclaims the power and purpose of African women for a new age.

This presentation is a project of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a coalition of 11 diverse arts institutions, including the Walker Art Center, which is advancing a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations, and cultural and other institutions of Africa and the United States.

Funding

Support provided by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by Merrill Lynch. Additional support provided by Sage and John Cowles.