GNININI Women Research Residency for African Choreographers
In 2020, Don Sen Folo opened an artistic residency, the Don Sen Folo – LAB, on two hectares in the village of Bancoumana, 50 km from Bamako. This space can accommodate artists for their research, experimentation and creative work.
Built with respect for tradition and the environment, Don Sen Folo – LAB is about people, considering what they are and what they have. Man must reclaim his history and his territory, and imagine a world where there are no boundaries between people, between Man and Nature, between past and present, between the Living and the Non-Living.
For artists, taking up residency at Don Sen Folo – LAB means seeking to restore a link with the local population and give birth to new shared imaginations.
It’s about putting the artist-citizen-actor back at the heart of society.
GNININI WOMEN is a laboratory for young African choreographers.
GNININI is an open space set in a territory conducive to exchanges and encounters with local residents. A space where Art is accessible everywhere and to everyone, as a promise, a dream, a gift.
Tomorrow, together, we must find a space for contemporary dance in Africa, and an economic model.
The Don Sen Folo association has been working since 2010, historically in the Kalaban Coro district of Bamako and today in the rural commune of Bancoumana, on the question of access to culture with the leitmotif that one cannot buy than what we know. We are convinced that Art and Culture can become the economic engines of tomorrow's society, so we work to make our work as artists known and understood by our populations.