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summer main event

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b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Meimouna Coffi

former dancer with johannes wieland | freelance singer and dancer


Body into Voice - voice into body

As a dancer looking for my voice, I was often met with the idea that, with my background, finding my voice would somehow be difficult because of wrong breathing. In fact, the voice is part of the body and, therefore, both complement each other and so far, nothing stands in the way of a dancer trying to find his voice. At the same time, finding one’s voice is a never ending, always evolving path, so it definitely never gets boring. We are constantly on the way, so to say. It is that journey that I want to continue to explore together with the participants. The workshop will start with a short Yoga and breathing practice, in order to wake up our body, before we get into sound. In the course of the workshop, elements of the work of the Lichtenberg institute might come into play. In the second part of the workshop, a musician will partly join us. We will work in a group, as well as individually, so that we can learn by listening as well. The participants are encouraged to bring material in form of songs or text that they would like to work on.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

Meimouna Coffi is a German-beninian dancer and singer. After accomplishing her BA in dance at Codarts, she first was a member of the Rotterdamse Dansgroep under the direction of Ton Simmons. She then moved to Paris where she worked with Georges Momboyes as well as in musical productions by Luc Plamondon and Jérôme Savary. Back in Germany, she returned to her contemporary roots and appeared as a guest in a variety of companies, such as the Staatstheater Kassel, under the direction of Johannes Wieland. Parallel to that, singing came more and more into the centre of her work. After two productions at the Theater Basel, she got mainly into musical theatre all across Germany and Austria. The Opera Leipzig with West Side Story, the Landestheater Linz with Hairspray, Motown-The Legend on tour, The Mozarteum Salzburg with Mass, or recently Vincent Van Gogh, at the Musical Frühling Gmunden, are a few of her stations. In 2020, she performed her own piece, Shameless, a multidisciplinary performance in Cotonou, Benin. currently, she pursues her vocal development at the Lichtenberger Institut für angewandte Stimmphysiologie.


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