Toubab Dialaw ~ Senegal
The Jant-Bi Company was set up in 1998. It consisted of dancers who had participated in the first professional workshop for traditional and contemporary African dance. This was held in Toubab Dialaw (Senegal) from January to March 1998 and was organized by Germaine Acogny, the artistic director of the Jant-Bi Association. The company is part of the École des Sables , the International Center for Traditional and Contemporary African Dance. The school’s objective is to educate African dancers and to function as a meeting point and a place of exchange for dancers and choreographers from the African Diaspora and from different cultures throughout the world. Based on this background, the company reflects the centre’s work and policy, and encourages choreographers from different countries to fuse their culture and dance styles with the essence of African dance. As a network Jant-Bi is developing internationally and discovers new artistic approaches by setting up exchange programs with other dance institutions throughout the world, generating new forms of expression that are based on these programs, creating ‘fusion projects’ that link dance with other art forms such as theatre and organising international conferences to discuss dance as it is deployed in the fields of the arts, society, education, health and research. Jant Bi is one of the participating organisations in the production of the "http://www.princeclausfund.org/en/what_we_do/artistic_productions/2005sahel.shtml"Sahel Opera. In March 2005 the workshops for the Opera took place in L’école des Sables. Period Jant-Bi, Network Partner from 1 January 2004 to 1 January 2007. They received 215,116 Euros for three years.