Following the Covid 19 crisis, the creation schedule, initially planned for 2020 is postponed to 2021. The dates of January February 2021 are currently being postponed for January 2022. A closed preview took place on March 14, 2020 at the Institut Français of Senegal in Dakar and two in situ previews will take place in 2021 before a World Premiere in 2022.
There are nine dancers, three choreographers and one project director: the new creation by Amala Dianor brings together a wonderful group of talented individuals. The goal? To celebrate the continuing vitalty of hybrid African dance, decompartmentalized, continuously evolving, mirroring the constantly changing, simmering artistic whirlwind affecting the African continent.
Artistic intentions “Siguifin means “magical monster” in the Bambara language. This new work is the result of a collective choreographic process inspired by the game of Exquisite cadaver (a game involving the drawing of parts of the body, or combining words) to construct a magical, multi-faceted being.
Research led by Naomi Fall on the dancers’ individualities and questions which will develop from this meeting of young people from the three countries, and will then allow Ladji Koné to position the dancers and their personalities against each other through a creative process based on mutual listening and group cohesiveness. Then Alioune Diagne will explore the dancers’ cultures and these 3 neighboring countries, since they are not at all similar.
The texture of each creator’s dancing will be the bridge between all these parts of the work. Based on the mixing of the movement vocabularies, which will have been developed in the creation residencies, I will then create a through line, a canvas which connects yet also respects the three choreographic proposals, building that unique, magical being. I will also be interested in the young artists, channeling this question: what is their present, and what future will they build together in dialogue with the world? ” - Amala Dianor