Felwine Sarr, economic expert, philosopher, writer, musician, appointed by the French president Emmanuel Macron as an expert in the restitution of art from African countries, is working on all fronts to think of a 'continent on the move': "Africa doesn't have to catch up with anyone. It should no longer walk on the predetermined paths, but must quickly follow the path it has chosen for itself. The African continent must be a laboratory. We must think of new forms, a richer, more open humanity, with a deeper ecological awareness and a fairer economy that does not subjugate us. Myths and discourses, which the West pretends must, therefore, be questioned and the confidence and self-esteem must be rebuilt.“ (Felwine Sarr)
Sarr sees the African intellectuals and artists as having a central responsibility for implementing the idea. His work Afrotopia (2016) became the subject of international attention.
Traces looks at the diverse history of the African continent with a focus on the discourses on self-empowerment currently held in many African societies. Before the actual premiere in 2020 at the Théâtre de Namur, africologne presents the version that was performed in December 2018 for the opening of the Musée des Civilisations Noires in Dakar.
Staging Aristide Tarnagda Music Tim Winsey, Simon Winsé Technical direction Rémy Brans Video Emmanuel Toc Production Théâtre de Namur/Belgium in co-production with Festival Les Récréâtrales/Ouagadougou
With Etienne Minoungou
Sous le regard de Aristide Tarnagda Production Théâtre de Namur -Belgique. En coproduction avec le Festival Les Récréatrales – Ouagadougou Remerciements à Monsieur Latif Coulibaly – Ministre de la Culture du Sénégal et à Africalia