Musicians:Eric ACAKPO, Aliou GUESSERE and invited musicians
Photographer: Barbara CALI
Initiated in 2012, TRACES is a multidisciplinary study in dance, music and choreographic creation structured by several modules. Originally addressing Beninese and Togolese artists, TRACES focuses on the transmission of the knowledge collected in the Axis Syllabus for the analysis and re-elaboration of the traditional dances of Benin. Since 2017 TRACES has woven an ever stronger link between the Axis Syllabus Research Meshwork and Benin's and Togo’s traditional and contemporary dance circles, by periodically organizing a residence in the historic city of Ouidah that is open to international experts and participants.
Ouidah, which is the cradle of the Vodoun culture and center of the transatlantic slave trade, is an important crossroads of the meeting of several cultures. Inspired by this history, TRACES offers a context of open research on dialogue and artistic exchange. Our intention is to transmit movement pedagogical and choreographic skill and share experience without imposing an aesthetic style.
By inviting participants from all over the world, TRACES aspires to confront them with different culturally articulated ways of organizing or accessing knowledge.
Our main objectives are:
Provide inter-disciplinary tools, structure them to stimulate individual creativity
Make the cultural treasures of Beninese accessible by sharing them with a respectful approach using the tools offered by the Axis Syllabus.
To test the impact that the encounter between different forms of art and different cultures can have on each of us.
We are convinced that each individual, each culture in its own specificity, contributes to enriching a "universal" CULTURE.