Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye (Kaolack)
Born and raised in Senegal by her grandmother Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye Kaolack was studying and performing as part of Jant-bi company at Ecole des Sables from 2000 to 2010, in 2008 he won the Choreographic competition ‘Danse l’Afrique Danse’ Choreographic competition from Africa and the Indian Ocean, in Tunisia with my solo J’accuse' in Tunisia. In 2011 he moved to Czech Republic With an emerging solo practice, teaching experience and rich choreographic skills. In 2014 he started Working with Nora Chipaumire on Portrait of my Self as my Father which was an incredible experience that open his mind and furthered his understanding on the aesthetics of the black body, black African performing bodies and the radical black African presence.
Over the years he has acquired experience in performance, choreography and knowledge through his study of the Acogny technique and Nora Chipaumire works. From these experiences and inspired by the Senegalese Ndaga, he created his own dance vocabulary and continue to investigate it and unpack its potential as a technique.
Kaolack’s work is entirely focused on pushing boundaries off space and time, liveness and the fully being in the spaces we inhabit and claim as our own. While making space for spirit to be present. It is also about the transmission of embodied knowledge. Our bodily knowledge, the animist information rooted in indigenous cultural dance practices that are connected to ancestral wisdom. And finally, it is about deconstructing the notion decolonization by creating images that are mesmerizing and futuristic.