Interweaving wisdom among people, communities and societies
Traces - interweaving Wisdom
Based in the Historic City of Ouidah, TRACES offers a context of open research and artistic exchange to dance artists and musicians with the intention of transferring movement pedagogical and choreographic skills and sharing experience without imposing an aesthetic style.
By inviting Benin's and Togo’s traditional and contemporary dancers and musicians, and participants and experts from all over the world in an annual three weeks residence project TRACES confronts them with different culturally articulated ways of organizing or accessing knowledge.
Tambours du Bénin.
Tambours du Benin is an initiative created to preserve and highlight the richness of traditional rhythms and songs of the different ethnic groups in Benin to pass them on to future generations. Tambours du Bénin is an annual training course on the rediscovery, analysis, and re-enactment of traditional rhythms and songs for young Beninese percussionists. Tambours du Benin is a traditional music and dance group that offers a journey into the world of traditional Beninese rhythms and songs. The sophisticated polyrhythm of the accompanying instruments and voices is amplified by the power of the solo instruments that express themselves in unison. Tambours du Benin's goal is to create in Ouidah a Conservatory of traditional Beninese music and rhythms to build a new generation of musicians, offering them the opportunity to study with international experts and musicians and merge the inherent wisdom of tradition with other traditions and with the study of contemporary analysis and music composition
Both of these terms derive from the Latin word MUNUS , which means gift, office or obligation towards someone.
COMMUNITAS| IMMUNITAS is an artistic transdisciplinary, intercultural initiatìve that inquires about MUNUS in its declinations and modality, and the reciprocity and the exemption of MUNUS in shaping and regulating human relationships. The initiative will consist of: the production of a dance-theater, live music show MUNUS and the editorial production of MANTEIA - A collection of some of the most significant stories belonging to the traditional heritage of Benin’s culture.
The book and the show, born around the same thematic and realized through the same tools albeit in different artistic fields, move together, offering different translations of the same question: how to live together, navigating between the concepts of immunity and community?
From 2008 to 2012 Dialogues Inévitables (D.I.) carried out creative residencies, workshops for dancers and professional musicians, concerts, exhibitions and socio-cultural activities open to the public.(D.I.) brought together dance artists, musicians, visual artists, academics, associations, cultural agents and venues from different countries, all engaged and dedicated to the research on the phenomenon of intercultural dialogue