A Visit from a Contemporary Griot: Dancer Adji Cissoko
Monday, October 19, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Free to all. Students use your usual class ZOOM link. For others who are interested in attending, Dr. Sarah Waisvisz has a link to the event.
Dancer Adji Cissoko will be our special guest via ZOOM as part of our weekly synchronous class meeting for MUTH 329. Dr. Waisvisz has the ZOOM link for faculty and Queen's students who are interested in attending this class visit and performance.
ADJI CISSOKO was born and grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich and graduated with a diploma in dance. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014. Since then she’s originated many central roles and guested for galas worldwide. Cissoko has given multiple masterclasses and taught classes around the world as part of the company’s outreach program. In 2020 she became certified in health/life coaching as well as in ABT’s National Training Curriculum.
Here is a link to a short video she posted on Instagram this summer, showing her dancing to her own choreography in a classical style but outside and wearing a traditional west african boubou.
Here is Adji dancing (contemporary dance+hip hop), filmed in Dakar Senegal, with music by Cortex, Dexter, and Alioune