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Alioune Diagne (1982) is a choreographer, dancer, and performer who was born and still lives in Saint Louis, Senegal. As artistic director of his Compagnie Diagn'Art and the yearly international festival Duo Solo Danse, he is one of the new and up-and-coming key figures in the contemporary dance scene in West Africa. Self taught as a dancer, he attended the visual arts academy in Dakar for two years, finally devoting himself to dance, following classes with Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro (Burkina Faso), Kettly Nöel (Mali), Germaine Acogny, Ciré Beye, and Hardo Ka (Senegal).
After two solos (Blabla, 2008 and This line is my path, 2009), he created the successful group performance Banlieue in 2012 about life in the ghettos of Senegal. Banlieue had a run of over 27 performances including the CaDance Festival 2013 in The Hague, in Aix-en-Provence, and in 19 countries on the African continent. Alioune danced in the solo Flora by Kenzo Kusuda in Korzo and in the performance Fagaala by Germaine Acogny.
The subjects in his performances show a strong commitment and offer a contemporary view on themes that concern this young Senegalese creative artist. His style is distinguished by a relentless inventiveness and use of humour, at the same time interwoven with moments of intensity and tranquility.