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AYIGAFRIK

Ayigafrik is the dance company of choreographer Assayigah. Founded in 1985 at the very start of his career, Ayigafrik has changed and evolved according to the different circumstances, creations, and artists involved. Through the years, it has been the start of many a successful dancing career.

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Les Extra-Terrestres (The Extra-Terrestrials) - 1986

Shown on major French television channel TF1

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La Tortue Qui Chante (The Singing Turtle) - 1987

Choreography based on the award-winning story by Senouvo Agbota Zinsou.

Toured Europe and Africa

 

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La Liberté (Freedom) – 1989    

Co-produced with la Mission de Co-operation d’Action Culturelle Francaise in Lomé
Commissioned and performed in the context of the commemoration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution

 

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Et la Femme découvrit l’Homme (And Woman Discovered Man) - 1989

Won the Gold Medal at the first Jeux de la Francophonie, Morocco, in 1989

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La Botte Noire a l’Epoque Blanche - 1992

Toured West Africa

“This is the story of the third age, the one that triggered the birth of democracy in the Mataku world. There, these days, its sweet smell fills all nostrils. All citizens may finally express their ideas without fear. It is a liberation which the whole Mataku people breathe in and hang on to, with hopes of a better future”

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La Reine de M’Pili (The Queen of M’Pili) – 1992

Creation based on a traditional African tale, and produced by the Centre Culturel Francais in Lomé)

 

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Les Refugiés (The Refugees) – 1996

Co-produced with the Goethe Institute and first presented to the United Nations’ High   Commision for Refugees
Fleeing wars and revolutions, men, women, and children find themselves prisoners of their own escape, in the refugee camps. There, everyday life is but poverty, lack of essential hygiene, sadness, and wait. Circumstances force them to question everything. They have to learn how to live together all over again. With their differences, their hopes, and their fears, until the long-awaited return…

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Le Reve de l’Enfer (The Dream of Hell) – 1997

Toured Africa and Showed at MASA


The great omnipotent evil presence, clad in red, crushes the helpless masses from its Ivory Tower. It rules through inaccessibility, pride, and bloodshed. But as night starts to fade, the dream starts to dissipate, the masses regain consciousness, and they force the evil presence to come crashing down. Its desperate calls for support remain unheard as it is finally banished.

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Les ZOTAGNAS - 1997

Co-produced by the Centre Culturel Francais, the American Cultural Centre and the Goethe Institute

From their parallel dimension, the ZOTAGNAS have been watching the trivial, egocentric, warmongering humans, and they have decided to pay them a visit. And to attempt to pass on a little of the love and peace they so desperately lack.

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Martin Luther King

Won first prize at the Festival des Ballets du Togo, organised by the American Cultural Centre

 

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La Transitoire

Toured the Ivory Coast and showed at the Palais des Congrés in Lomé


Birth is suffering. Old age is suffering. Sadness and hopelessness are victims of that suffering, of the transient form. Perfection, the formation of the mind, even consciousness are but transient”

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Le Voyage du Mal – 1999

Toured Togo
Relates the true story of the Company’s arrest and imprisonment, as the artists were embarking on a two-month tour of Europe. Behind bars, poverty, lack of hygiene and desperation are the artist’s daily bread, as he is forced to ask himself difficult questions – Should one hate? Can one forget?

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Cry of the Desert – 2001

Performed at The Mission, Reading, and Chelmsford Cathedral Festival

Two youths wander in the desert in search of camels to work with, desperate to overcome the famine and misery that threatens their lives. However, once they arrive there, disaster strikes. They are lost, disorientated, and the heat drives them out of their minds.
Their tale becomes a metaphor for the present political situation in Africa. The duet does not seek to predict or answer questions, but rather, through the expressivity of movement, to convey a sense of the physical and spiritual environment generated by the circumstances.

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I am Hungry - 2003

Performed in Southend-on-Sea and Basildon festivals, as well as at the Seoul Dance International Festival Competition in 2004.

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Papa-Noel - 2005

Performed at the Xmas Extravaganza Festival in Basildon, organised by the Arts Council of England.

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