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12:00 AM, December 03, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:25 AM, December 03, 2018

'In the skin of the other' staged at Shilpakala

Two choreographers from two different backgrounds tried to be in the 'skin of the other' through a dance performance organised by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). German-based Togolese choreographer Kossi Sebastien Aholou-Wokawui and German choreographer and dancer Tomas Bünger staged a part of Goethe-Institut's ongoing project 'Young Choreographers' Platform 2018' at the Experimental Hall of BSA

The performance titled, In The Skin Of The Other, started with the dancers stripping their clothes off. They were comfortable in their own skins and let each other explore it as they were dancing. The momentum of the contemporary dance performance kept changing, from edgy to mellow, projecting many emotions at once. In a world full of xenophobia, the dancers believe that a performance as such will teach us to be more kind towards others.

It was choreographed by Kossi Sebastien Aholou-Wokawui and this was his first time in Bangladesh.  The choreographer, who was born in Togo and now lives in Germany, wanted to reveal the answer to the question -“How close can I come to a different person?” In The Skin Of The Other was his attempt to explore the culture and lifestyle of another person through music and dance with Tomas Bünger.

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