Musician Eric Acakpo and dance-artist Francesca Pedullà have worked together since 2004, teaching, creating contexts for cultural and artistic exchange and performing in Benin and abroad. Confronted both personally and professionally by the benefits and the challenges of being in a dialogue besides cultural differences and unconscious bias, they committed to focusing their work on exploring how such dialogue can be mutually enriching and transformative.
Sonagnon was founded in 2006 to pursue their work and research among collectivities. It provides an exchange and learning platform for artists.
We work inclusively with local communities and test the impact that the encounter between different forms of art and different cultures have on each of us.
KEY DATES OF SONAGNON
Festival TRACES – Axis Syllabus au Bénin – Interweaving Wisdom – in collaboration with the Axis Syllabus International Research Network, City of Ouidah 2018, 2019 Atelier Ancient Kinetic Wisdom (Nomadic College Eu, ImpulsTanz (Vienna) AxisSyllabus HUB (Berlin).
Atelier Ancient Kinetic Wisdom : Choreographic Center do Rio de Janeiro. , Nomadic College the Federal University of Bahia S. Salvador de Bahia
production of the film Je ne sais plus qui a fait quoi by Antoine Renouard selected at ScreenDance Africa Mini Festival (Afrique du Sud), OK Dance Films Festival (USA, Okhlaoma), 42ème Dance on Camera Festival (USA, New York), En Route Dance Films Festival (USA, Online) Quintessance (Ouidah, Bènin)
Cotonou: TRACES – professional program for dance and choreographic practice – in collaboration with the Axis Syllabus International Research Network, Multicorps choreographic center, Artistik Africa,
Cotonou: Journées de Réflexion sur la Danse Contemporaine realized by Ass. Rich Culture, Ass. Sonagnon, Ministère de la Culture du Bénin, Fitheb
Dialogues Inévitables (shows, conferences, exhibition formations); creation and production of the show Du mythe du Dieu Argent in Cotonou, Brussels, Genoa, Bielafeld, Berlin in collaboration with the Italian association CQB, the French association Création Entrelacées and the Belgian association Zazimut and with the support of: Wallonie Bruxelles, Organization Intl de la Francophonie, Aktion Africa- German Foreign Affairs, Teatro dell’Archivolto – Genoa, AfricaAvenir
Cotonou / Ouidah: participation in the Fitheb with the show Dialogues Inévitables XL
Cotonou: production of the show Dialogues Inévitables XL in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou, the Italian association CQB, the French association Création Entrelacées and the Belgian association Zazimut
Cotonou: creative lab and production of the show Malentendus et d’autres choses, in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou, the Italian association CQB and the French association Création Entrelacées
Cotonou: production of the show Dans la ville près de la mer in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou
Cotonou: Danse et Création training project in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou