Germaine Acogny-Vogt

ByMichaela Weinhauser

Germaine Acogny-Vogt

French Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny has developed a certified Modern African Dance technique. She is universally regarded as the mother of contemporary African dance. 

In 1977 she was artistic director of Mudra Afrique (Maurice B√©jart and LS Senghor) in Dakar. Since then, she has become an emissary of African dance and culture, dancing, choreographing and teaching all over the world. 

Together with Helmut Vogt, she is the founder of Ecole des Sables, the International Center for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances. Awards : Chevalier de l’Ordre du M√©rite, Officier and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Chevalier and Officier de l’Ordre de la L√©gion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Lion, Officier and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres (Senegal); Prix d’Excellence de la CEDEAO, category Arts et Lettres (2019); Lion d’Or de la Biennale de Venise (2021); Grand Prix de la SACD France (Droits d’auteurs) (2022); Prix Joan Myers Brown ¬ĽKeeper of the Flame¬ę Legacy Award from the International Association of Blacks in Dance (2023), Grand Prix de l’Acad√©mie des Beaux-Arts en Chor√©graphie (2023).

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