About Génération A Festival: Double Bill

A double-bill of high energy of contemporary African choreography reflecting on love, loss and the important role of relationships in our survival.

Génération A is an invitation to consider ‘here’ and ‘there’, to cast our eyes beyond barriers and borders, for exchange between people and places, and to support artists and their ideas to travel. Initiated by choreographers Fatima Ndoye and Alioune Diagne, the dance festival is dedicated to contemporary choreography made by artists working in French-speaking African countries.

The Place is proud to offer London a Double Bill of works ahead of the 2024 edition of the festival, which will be held in Paris in June.


Show me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are
Ales Dos Santos

Xarito’ is the Wolof word for friendship. Drawing on their battles and collaborations as bboys, Gaël Ndécky and El Hadji Malick (Senegal) share a unique and personal encounter. Dancing through their trials, tensions, joys and connections, ‘Xarito’ reflects the precious bonds of friendship.


Originally from Thiès in Senegal, Gaël and El Hadji Malick both have a background as bboys. They have become tough competitors, forging their skills in various battles.

Mixing the codes of different hip-hop and contemporary dances with the traditional dances of Senegalese wrestlers, they are creating the Urban Art company in 2019.

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Conception and Choreography: El Hadji Malick Ndiaye and Gaël Kafuma Ndécky
Artistic Direction: Zaccaria Savadogo
Lighting Design: Adama Gueye and Jean-Luc Chanonat
Administration and Production: Urban Art Sn

A qui le tour? by Agathe Djokam Tamo

Whose turn is it? questions the body and mind in the face of the loss of a loved one. Through shock, anger, memories and despair, but also a form of rebirth, Agathe Djokam invites the audience to experience, share and transform these phases of life into a powerful moment of creation: how can we transcend this inescapable and common fact of our existence?


Born in Balmayo and living in Douala, Cameroon, Agathe Djokam devotes herself body and soul to dance. She has worked with a number of choreographers, including Salia Sanou and Gilles Jobin. She has set up her own company, with which she is determined to defend the voice and visibility of women choreographers in her country. Agathe created the works Energie, A qui le tour?, the new project Echogr'art-phie and has been present at events such as the Masa in Abidjan and the Biennale de la danse in Lyon.

Over the years, she has developed her own approach called Djibi-Badjep.


Concept, Set Design, Choreography and Performance: Agathe Djokam
Lighting Design: Romain de Lagarde
Outside Influences: Patrick Acogny and Susana Panades Diaz

Production: Agathe Djokam compagny s/c Association Corpo Symbiose Winner of "Visas for creation 2017" from the Institut Français Acogny d'Argent choreography competition Africa simply the Best 2019 With the support of Ecole Des Sables Sénégal, Institut Français de Paris, Institut Français du Cameroun, espace Donko Seko in Mali, Centre chorégraphique Pôle en Scènes/Pôle Pik France. Dance project conceived as part of the professional training in traditional and contemporary African dance under the direction of Mr Patrick Acogny at the Ecole Des Sables.


Created in 2017 at the Théâtre Paris Villette in France, 'Génération A' is a dance festival whose focus is to give visibility to young contemporary creation from the African continent.

The artistic direction of this event has been entrusted to Fatima Ndoye and Alioune Diagne, both choreographic artists.

"Génération A" is an ambition,

The one to open our eyes wider, despite the world's retreats and higher borders...
The one to consider our "elsewhere" and our "here"...
The one of believing in the great need for the circulations... of artists, works and audiences...
...and with strength, with faith, to create links."