Afrobeat during Tictac’s Anniversary Week
by Jolie Ngemi
About the workshop:
Jolie returns to Tictac to give another branch of her knowledge with several African dance and Afro pop dances from the African continent.
With Afrobeat, we’re going to get to the very essence of dance. Root yourself to the ground, rediscover an inner physical rhythm and a shared joy of life.
Afrobeat brings back joy, communication, celebration, self-confidence and the discovery of our inner voices. We’ll work on pulse, groove, rhythm, release, tenacity and fluidity in this workshop.
With drums and tam-tams, African dances are enriched with energy and rhythm. From East Africa to North, South, West and Central Africa, we find diverse and varied dances from different countries and cultures.
A few years ago, there was a synergy across the continent around afrobeat and afrodance, a group of modern Afro dances that young people are appropriating for various videos and other purposes. The drum is a component of classical and modern African music genres such as afrobeat, afropop, amapiano that inspire the physicality of dance itself.
Today, these dances transcend borders to be shared all over the world.
Jolie Ngemi Reymond is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and musician. She lives in Switzerland and works internationally. Congolese by nationality, born in Kinshasa on 16 April 1989. Jolie has been practicing dance professionally since 2000 and has obtained other diplomas and certificates in the artistic field.
She started dancing in the Protestant church from Kinshasa. As a teenager, she danced in the Rue Des Danses Urbains Hip-hop. At the age of 17 she met the choreographer Jacque Bana Yanga with whom she deepened her contemporary dance skills. With this experience, she has gone through almost all the stages that make up the story of a dancer of the new generation. In 2008 she was part of a creation by choreographer Thomas Steyeart. The creation was touring in Africa as well as in Europe. In 2011, she collaborates with Ula Sicle, while creating a solo called Jolie. In 2012 she was invited to the U.S.A. to represent women at the festival “New York Live Arts’” in 2012. In 2013 she was accepted to study at P.A.R.T.S, where she trained for two years. Afterwards, she was discovered by the choreographer Boris Charmatz which led to the realization of two “night dance” shows. The first one on the story of Charlie Hebdo, and the “night dance” show 10,000 gestures” which toured in France, Belgium, England, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries… In 2015, she was part of the project “SAL-TO” by David Zambrano. She created her solo show “Identity na ngayi” in 2018 in Geneva for the festival “La Bâtie”. It was presented in Geneva, Bale, Brussels, and Utrecht. Jolie is also part of the creation Wakatt by Serge Aimé Coulibaly’s Faso Danse Théâtre (since 2020). In 2023 she created her new solo called “NKISI” which she is performing in Switzerland and Belgium (Kai Theater, Arsenic, Kaserne…).
Today she teaches in several institutions such as La Manufacture (Switzerland), the Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam, or Tictac Art Centre. In september 2021 she created the Bosnagani Festival in Kinshasa.
Thursday till Saturday
August 17th – 19th
Price per drop-in class: 25 €
Jolie Ngemi will perform in Tictac’s Anniversary Week (that same week, 14th till 20th August). This week Tictac will host surprise performances every evening.