Block Spring 2003 - TIME / Le Temps

16 February 2003 to April 2003
The semester started on 1 March 2003 and ended on 31 August 2003


Germaine Acogny (SN)

Senegal, West-Afrika: on the island Goree - Goree Instituut; in Dakar - Cours Sainte Marie de Hann and in Toubab Dialaw - Ecole des Sables/Jant-Bi

Participating artists:
Djibril Diallo (SN), Igor Dobricic (YU), Galia Eibenschutz (MX), Paulien Geerlings (NL), Thomas Johannsen (D), Christiane Lopes da Cunha (BR), Oumar Mbengue Atakosso (SN), Ghani Minne (NL), Dafna Moscati (IL/I), Michael Sahr Ngaujah (US), Leyna Marika Papach (US), Rebeca Sanchez Aguilar (MX)

TIME/Le Temps took place in Senegal and was hosted by ‘L’Ecole des Sables’, a dance-school with a working base around modern, as well as traditional African principles. For Artistic Director Germaine Acogny ‘L’Ecole des Sables’ represents the ‘sacred forests of modern times’. A long time ago, when Africans went to the ‘sacred forest’, it was to be initiated either as a man or a woman, to learn about life itself, to learn about history, geography and other sciences, to be in contact with nature and their Masters. The whole process of initiation was expressed through dance and music. By the end of the ceremonies both men and women were obliged to show to everyone present their specific skills through the medium of dance and music. They performed in order to show the extent of their virtuosity in a technical, physical, mental and spiritual sense! Men and women were segregated. They required time to learn these skills. They made time by letting time take care of time itself.

Today times have changed. In these modern times the African people who still practice initiation ceremonies, do so within a short period of three weeks instead of the traditional three months, due to European schooling systems. One has to adapt oneself to TIME and in reality search for a way of joining the two worlds together, creating a balance within TIME. Letting TIME take care of time. Taming TIME. Digesting TIME. Living in one’s TIME, and being aware of it.

Guest teachers
Guy Amitai (IL) digital media artist/composer, Barkhane Ciss (SN) Sabar, Maam Daawur Wadd (SN) storyteller/visual artist, Hamidou Dia (SN) African literature, Longa Fo (CD) assistant to the mentor, Laurence Gavron (F) film maker, Les Freres Guisse (SN) music group, Lilyan Kesteloot (B/SN) professor West African literature, Ndary Lo (SN) sculptor, Doudou N’Diaye Rose (SN) master drummer, Olu Oguibe (NG/US) visual artist/critic, Ibou Sarr (SN) traditional African dance, Ousmane Sow (SN) sculptor , Ousmane Sow Huchard (SN) music researcher, Oumou Sy (SN) fashion designer, Helmut Vogt (D) business manager Ecole des Sables, Sjoerd Wagenaar (NL) theatre/visual artist, Women from Toubab Dialaw (SN) ancestral ceremonies in modern times