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How Senegal is Codifying African Dances for a Cultural Identity

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Birane Niang, strongly believes that the codification of African dances will allow the radiation of these.

“What better way to defend identity and at the same time to ensure African universality, the codification, I am sure, will allow the spread of African dances and especially their practice outside their original universe,” he said.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture made these remarks on the occasion of the opening of the international symposium on the codification of African dances at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar.

The initiative was launched by The Dance Hall and the Laboratory of Anthropology and Cultural Engineering (LAIC).

For Mr. Niang, these works of reflection are all the more important as they will bring African dances into the modern world.

“Your work will make it possible for any people or individual to have the means to execute the steps, gestures and movements that make up the heritage of any African ethnocultural entity”.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture adds that the codification of African dances, will allow to acquire “means of transmission” but also to ensure that people “recognize their dance, but if the ancestral legacy appropriates generations in generations, it is through an empirical teaching delivered by holders of knowledge ”

In addition, choreographer Germaine Acogny appreciates this initiative and believes that codification is “welcome in this dance community”. She hopes that “researchers will be able to find codes for codification”.

“I learned several dances from West Africa and as I say, I have a Beninese instinct and the Senegalese gesture, every time I learn dances, I try to see similarities,” he says. -they have.

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