“[…] These two [Yao and Siegal] not only dance, they converse. […] Yao literally lets his muscles do the talking. With squared chest, he defends African dance as a conglomerate of countless ethnicities. […] Siegal acts the self-mocking clown, parodying classical movement forms as well as Yao’s speedy footwork. In ‘Logobi 05’ two grandmasters meet for a danced exchange, but rather than steal the show from each other, they perform a sophisticated, sensual and simultaneously hilarious duet. […]” Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 10 September 2012
Named after a street dance of the Ivory Coast, the “Logobi” dance series was created by director Monika Gintersdorfer and visual artist Knut Klaßen and brings together dancers from the Ivory Coast with artists based in Germany. In this way, spoken and danced dialogues are generated, illustrating different approaches to art in a vivid and thoroughly entertaining way. “Logobi 05” is the latest edition in the series with Franck Edmond Yao and Richard Siegal, who was awarded the FAUST Prize 2010 for his performance in the series. Siegal, an American choreographer based in Germany, and Yao, a dancer and performer from the Ivory Coast and winner of the African Award as Best African Dancer in Paris for four consecutive years, raise the question of how far dance can serve as a means of discussing modern society. Citing from their respective dance vocabularies, the unique qualities of the two performers are demonstrated.
(Approx. 70 min.)
cast & credits
Performed by: Richard Siegal, Franck Edmond Yao
Concept: Monika Gintersdorfer, Knut Klaßen
Production: Gintersdorfer/Klaßen in co-operation with Ringlokschuppen Mühlheim and Frascati Producties, Amsterdam.
Supported with funding provided by the federal state North Rhine-Westfalia and by the National Performance Network provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its project Dance Plan Germany.
This event was made possible by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK with funds provided by the federal government’s office for culture and media, and by the ministries of culture and art of the federal states.