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Johannes Odenthal

Steps. Koffi Koko between contemporary dance and Vodoun philosophy

Steps. Koffi Koko between contemporary dance and Vodoun philosophy

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The focus of the book is the dance and choreographic work of Koffi Koko. As one of the most important dancers on the African continent, he is a key figure in understanding the dance scene contemporary African dance.

“Koffi Koko is a talented Artist. The beauty of his gestures and his movements, the concentration of him: every dancer should learn from these qualities of him. I hope he will dance this high even at a hundred years old." (Yoshi Oida)

With its over 40 choreographiesKoffi Koko has developed a unique work that translates the philosophy of Vodoun and the potential of the ritual for the western dance stage.

In interviews, essays and diaries, the question of how we can deal with such a radically different conception of culture in the Western world is repeatedly raised.

“A book that challenges Western hegemonic thinking and cultural, political and religious differences from a different perspective: from the point of view of a knowledge that is embodied in dance and therefore can only be transmitted through dance, and its richness, traditions, can only be transmitted through the different movements.” (Gabriel Brandstetter)

The Book in numbers:
Pages: 208
Author: Johannes Odenthal
Necklace: The wise
Images: 89
Edition: 2020

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