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Anthropology, Dance and Postcolonialism

How dance performances can expose black bodies beyond the exoticism of African tradition? This is a question at the core of anthropologist and Interface member Claire Vionnet. She addresses these questions choreographically in a dance performance on Monday September 14. at Beta Stage Festival in Bern.

Dereskina is an invented term made of “der” (skin in Wollof) and “skin”. This duet addresses the question of appropriation of another culture through movement. How can we enter in another cultural language through gesture? A dance creates the opportunity to feel through the skin of alterity and share his/her intimacy. How do others feel, think, breathe, and experience the world? Dereskina is about the intercultural transmission of gestures, questioning the exhibition of Whiteness/Blackness.

The duet is performed together with André Dramé, international afro-contemporary dancer/choreographer trained by Germaine Acogny (Cie Jant-Bi).

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