The 4th edition of BRIDGING pays homage to Senegalese and French dancer, choreographer, and educator
BRIDGING was launched by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations as part of Crossing the Line Festival 2016. BRIDGING offers international perspectives to evaluate policies and practices in an effort to move beyond simple acknowledgment of cultural diversity to achieve genuine equality in the arts in our shifting cultural landscape. Artists featured as part of BRIDGING include Anne Nguyen and Rachid Ouramdane in 2016, Faustin Linyekula in 2017, and Syhem Belkhodja and Nacera Belaza in 2018.
This year’s program highlights the artistic practices and legacy of artist Germaine Acogny and will include performances, conversations, student workshops, and a public restitution of the workshops. Germaine Acogny is widely considered the Mother of Contemporary African Dance. Her dance styles and teachings reclaim and reposition traditional African movements within the world of contemporary dance, encouraging artists worldwide to recognize the power and contributions of African dance.