After several collaborations in Mali and linked by a common interest for contemporary research inspired by traditional practices, dancers-choreographers Mohamed Coulibaly (Mali) and Naomi Fall (France/USA) decide to create a dance company in Bamako. They also decide to provide a dance space for young professional dancers to practice daily, to train, to exchange with other dancers, to create their own pieces and organize showings of new works. They create the GnagamiX non-profit organization in 2011 and open the space called Chez GnagamiX in the spring of 2012. In 2012-2013, the eeg-cowles Foundation in partnership with the Centre Culturel Bougou Saba (Cutural Center in Siby, Mali) and with the collaboration of GnagamiX, offered a nine month-long program in Choreographic Composition. This training program marked a turning point for GnagamiX. The program helps to consolidate a group of eight motivated dancers ready to invest themselves in the work. Suddenly the necessity of uniting and structuring becomes obvious. The eight dancers from the program officially adhere to the company and commit to helping the company’s development.

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