Anani Dodji Sanouvi
Anani Dodji Sanouvi, has been hailed for his ability to assimilate different traditions into his own dynamic dance style. Born in Togo, brought up in Gabon and having lived in Senegal, he brings together traditional heritage and modernity, local and universal, rituals and aesthetics. In 1997, he began dancing professionally in Togo. He attended workshops such as the Ateliers du Monde in Montpellier, France (2001), and the Professional African Contemporary & Traditional Dance programme of L’Ecole des Sables from choreographer Germaine Acogny, in Senegal (2002 & 2005).
Anani taught and performed in Africa and Europe for several years before taking up residence in Brussels for a mentoring year with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, in 2006, at her dance company “Rosas” and her school “P.A.R.T.S”, as Dance Laureate of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Programme. In Senegal, in 2003 he formed the “Cie Savog” with German choreographer Annette Vogel and in 2005 he was a laureate in the UNESCO- Aschberg Bursaries for artists. Anani passionately negotiates his position of being an African dancer inside a non-African context, not giving away what he considers crucially important in his roots but being able to assimilate different traditions into his own language.
During his period in Brussels, Anani has taught African rhythm and dance to first-year students at “P.A.R.T.S”, performed and toured with “Rosas”, while developing further his research on the relation between primary impulses and sound. “Agada” his solo created during this year as well as the duet “Pieces of Wood” - choreographed by Anani and Anne Teresa De Keersmaker and executed by Anani and Moya Michael have premiered at the Dance Theater Workshop, New York, USA. Nowadays based in Amsterdam, he is performing, teaching and setting up his company and preparing his new project: “Heavy Walking” .