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Agathe Tamo Djokam | Residency

Switzerland | Dance

February 2020 — Dance

Agathe Tamo Djokam

Is one of the artists awarded a 2020 Pro Helvetia studio residency.

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Antigel - Africa, What's Up?

31 January - 2 February 2020

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Agathe Tamo Djokam is a Cameroonian dancer, choreographer and founder of the company Agathe Djokam and the association Corpo Symbiose. Agathe’s choreography is based on ongoing research into a technique called Djibi Badjep (Go and Return) which involves reflection on the body in a process of construction-deconstruction-reconstruction. Her background training is in hip-hop dance, which informs her current style of movement.

The first phase of her residency will take place in the context of the Antigel Festival in Geneva as part of the Africa, What’s Up? platform organised by SHAP SHAP. Agathe will participate in a festival residency where artists from Africa, Switzerland and England will exchange, dialogue and network. She will also perform her piece Energie, which transcends life’s complexities with flashes of hip-hop, contemporary and traditional African dance, as part of the dance programme sub-titled Bamako, What’s Up? This programme is guest-curated by Tidiani N’Diaye, choreographer and founder of BAM festival in Bamako, and will take place at Tu-Theatre De L’usine on 31 January and 1 February 2020.

For the second phase of her residency later in the year, Agathe looks to develop her work A qui le tour? with Swiss choreographer Foofwa in Geneva.

A qui le tour? is a solo dance piece created and performed by Agathe Djokam Tamo in three parts and inspired by her own story. It questions the body and mind of individuals facing the loss of a loved one. The work explores the different stages of mourning in a well-defined space and time. Shock, anger, depression, acceptance and rebirth. Emptiness, inner silence, the beautiful memories that come to transcend sorrows and pains. A body that tells, a public that lives, but above all decides a personal response to how, when, where, why …who’s next? Between light, images, narration, emotions, Agathe evokes and shares her feelings about this subject, both personal and universal.

The solo comprises a trinity of performances, each relating to a phase of grief: “On the Shock” which explores the body in a state of shock and anger; “Remember” which explores the state of the body in the face of the memories of beings who no longer live; And “On Depress” that explores the body in a state of depression, acceptance and rebirth. All these three performances being subject: Who’s next?